June 2, 2009

Bob Woodward "flashes a glimpse of what he knows, shaded in a largely negative light, with the hint of more to come..."

"... setting up a series of prisoner's dilemmas in which each prospective source faces a choice: Do you cooperate and elaborate in return (you hope) for learning more and earning a better portrayal — for your boss and yourself? Or do you call his bluff by walking away in the hope that your reticence will make the final product less authoritative and therefore less damaging? If no one talks, there is no book. But someone — then everyone — always talks."

George Stephanopolos tells how Bob Woodward gets his access to the White House.

6 comments:

ricpic said...

I doubt Woodward will verify the rumor that Obama has installed a crystal ball in the oval office, which he gazes into periodically, murmuring "I'll get you, my pretty."

traditionalguy said...

Woodward is a typical "non-Fiction" writer who makes up a story and pins it upon his helpless victims. Hurrah for this destroyer of reputations.

scinfinity said...

So I guess he's not a "truth teller" now. Could've sworn the Left loved him the last few years of Bush...

traditionalguy said...

Scinfinity...That is why the left loved him. His skills were the weaving of fables to expose the Republican Bush as a tricky con-man. Another Obama is just like Bush tag please.

Ralph said...

I like the second tag. He has his own brand of journalism. So does Woodward--extortion journalism.

veni vidi vici said...

It's like McCain famously said, "Everybody breaks."