Lanny Davis, long-time Clinton supporter and liberal media voice, has come forward to say that he, too, has received a threat from the Obama White House. WMAL.com has the story on Feb. 28, the day after Bob Woodward came forward with his claim that he had received an email threat from a senior aide in the White House.
Lanny Davis is known for his ardent defense of liberal positions, but he sat down Thursday to talk about the Obama White House to Breitbart News editor Larry O'Connor on the show that O’Connor cohosts on WMAL. That in itself is quite surprising, but he also disclosed that he had been the victim of a threat such as Bob Woodward received regarding his writing.
He described how something he had written in the Washington Times about the President’s policies had displeased the Obama Administration. John Solomon, the editor at the Washington Times, received a phone call threatening to remove the newspaper’s White House credentials unless Lanny Davis’ column was discontinued.
Solomon did not succumb to the threat, according to what Lanny Davis said to WMAL, but Davis did call the White House and talk to three senior aids to demand that the person was told that this was never to happen again. He was assured that it would not happen again, but apparently it has, although Davis is not sure it is the same White House aide. The aide who communicated the threat to Bob Woodward has been reported by Buzz Feed and Politico to be Gene Sperling, Director of the Economic Council and a top White House advisor.
The most interesting thing in this article is the way that Lanny Davis characterizes the situation between Bob Woodward and the Obama White House. He believes that, if a threat was made, the administration chose the wrong person to threaten.
"Firstly, you don't threaten anyone. Secondly, you don't threaten Bob Woodward," said Davis. "He's one of the best reporters ever. He's factual. You can disagree with facts that he reports, but he's factual. Don't mess with him about his facts. You can mess with him about the interpretation of his facts, but this is not a reporter you tangle with," he added.