Bob Woodward's "I'm doing it for the kids" rationale for his interpretation of Gene Sperling's email to him as an attempt to chill his reporting is an about face from his previous posture when a White House engaged in real retaliation against any person who bucked the White House line. Specifically, in 2005 Woodward defended the Bush White House in extraordinary terms when they outed a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame. See Why Is Bob Woodward Intent On Destroying His Reputation? and Woodward's Descent.
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