Tucker Carlson, a co-founder of the conservative Daily Caller, has claimed that Bob Woodward “hyped” the allegedly threatening email from Gene Sperling that was released to the public today. According to a Feb. 28 article on Mediaite.com, Tucker Carlson told Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum that Woodward’s “chummy response” to the email undercuts his claim that he felt threatened.
You can view the entire email conversation here. The part that Bob Woodward claimed was threatening read, “I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.”
The rest of the letter was basically an apology for a previous conversation that reportedly was quite heated. Woodward responded in an almost conciliatory fashion, assuring Mr. Sperling that he did not need to apologize to him. Bob Woodward has explained this polite response as being due to the need to keep the chain of communication open.
Tucker Carlson calls this relationship between source and reporter as indicative of how Washington really works. He describes it as “suck-upy” and “air-kissy,” according to Mediaite.com.
Tucker Carlson, no great supporter of the Obama White House, thinks that Bob Woodward did not appear to be in “any peril.”