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Lanny Davis: Bob Woodward's not the only reporter/columnist to get pushback from the White House

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By Doug Powers  •  February 28, 2013 02:15 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

As you’ve probably heard, Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling told Bob Woodward he would regret — in a “professional integrity” sense anyway — questioning the White House’s version of the sequester (Twitchy has more details about that story).

Ace wrote that the White House would be in a rush to put any flames Woodward ignited before other reporters realized they’d have a story by reporting their own experiences with the arm-twisting division of Team Hope & Change. That’s coming to fruition, at least to some degree.

Then there’s Lanny Davis, the former Bill Clinton adviser who during a radio interview demonstrated that even Obama friendlies aren’t immune from pushback. Davis’s story makes the White House sound pushier than Woodward’s account:

A day after Woodward’s claim that a senior White House official had told him he would “regret” writing a column criticizing President Obama’s stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.

Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.” Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”

Davis says he does not know if the White House official involved in his case is the same one who is alleged to have threatened Woodward, but he says the language used in both cases is very similar.

Read the rest of the exchange here.

Ed Morrissey asks: “Will the legion of Clinton admirers rush to support Davis, now that he’s gone public with this story? Or will they consider him a right-wing subversive, too?”

**Written by Doug Powers

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