"In a recent column in The Washington Post, Woodward argued that Obama moved the goalposts in the sequester fight by insisting in the current talks that the sequester be replaced only with spending cuts — an assertion that drew White House fire.
Sperling, in an email to Woodward that was published by Politico, said the journalist would “regret” making the remark. The email was sent after a heated phone conversation between the two.
In subsequent interviews, Woodward described Sperling’s comments as a threat of retribution that should worry reporters.
“It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you’re going to regret doing something you believe in,” he told CNN.
The White House argues the email exchange was respectful and that Sperling merely was suggesting Woodward would regret his assertion because it was factually incorrect."
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