Last week, Mr. Woodward seemed to allege that Mr. Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, threatened him during an email exchange about the looming sequestration cuts. Mr. Sperling disputed that characterization, and many pundits who have examined the entire series of emails say Mr. Woodward may have exaggerated.
The iconic journalist appeared to walk back his allegation during an appearance Sunday on CBS‘ “Face the Nation,” saying that he merely meant the Obama administration’s way of dealing with challenging reporters “just won’t work.”
He agreed with Mr. Sperling’s suggestion that the two men put the flap behind them and return to focusing on important issues.
“He’s a peacemaker. I am in the business of listening. I am going to invite him over to my house, and hopefully he’ll bring others from the White House, maybe the president himself. Talking really works,” Mr. Woodward said.
Mr. Sperling expressed similar sentiments during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
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Ben Wolfgang is a national reporter for The Washington Times. Before coming to the Times, he spent four years as a political reporter in Pennsylvania. His focus is on education and science policy. Ben lives in southeast D.C. and has played guitar in several bands while still in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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