The story of the day in the Right Blogosphere and, possibly, in the major media outlets is the dispute between the White House and Bob Woodward. To refresh your memory, Mr. Woodward had a WP op-ed (about which I commented at the time) challenging the president’s account of who first proposed the sequester and has since remarked that a White House official whom he declined to name, subsequently revealed as economic advisor Gene Sperling, threatened him. Glenn Reynolds has a round-up. I honestly don’t see how the White House’s position on the origins of the sequester, what “balanced” means in the context of “balanced between spending cuts and revenues”, or on the purity of its conduct can be maintained. It’s becoming increasingly clear that threatening the press is a routine tactic for the White House. That has been substantiated by multiple media outlets including ABC and USA Today.
IMO the best thing for them to do right now is to shut up about it. If they’re determined to counter-punch, they may find themselves flailing at friends and enemies alike.