The White House does not take too kindly to reporters who stray from the lock-step narrative it wants put out. That was made abundantly clear in a story from this weekend.
From the NY Post:
“There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys,” [Jonathan] Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.
“I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”
“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c–t, a–hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”
There you have it — your ‘nice guy’ president certainly has a lot of swell characters in his administration.
H/T Weasel Zippers [NSFW]