Bob Woodward, one of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Nixon-Watergate story in the 1970s, offered some advice to reporters Friday.
The iconic journalist appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he urged his fellow news professionals to “stick to the reporting” and not to “binge drink the anti-Trump Kool-Aid.”
“One of the realities here,” Woodward said, “is that we’ve got an old newspaper war going between the New York Times and the Washington Post — some very powerful stories. At the same time, I think it’s time to dial back a little bit about because there are people around…who are kind of binge drinking the anti-Trump Kool-Aid. And that is not gonna to work in journalism. Let the politicians have that binge drinking.”
The New York Times was first to report on Monday that President Donald Trump asked now-former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating ousted White House national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about visiting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
A day later, the Washington Post broke the story that Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information, which the U.S. obtained from Israel, with Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting in the Oval Office.
Then on Wednesday, the Times published the story that Trump’s campaign staff knew Flynn was under FBI criminal investigation before naming him as White House national security adviser.
Trump-appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the same day that he would name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to look into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election as well as the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin.
These bombshell stories dotted Trump’s most tumultuous week in the White House so far. White House officials and Capitol Hill Republicans were slow to appear on TV to defend the president, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer has not held televised press briefings all week. Trump spoke publicly Thursday for the first time about the latest revelations since they began dominating headlines earlier this week.
Trump said he “respects” Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a special counsel, but insisted that the “entire thing has been a witch hunt,” CBS News reported.
“There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians: zero,” Trump said.
Woodward’s comments came less than two days after Trump said during a commencement address to U.S. Coast Guard academy graduates in New London, Connecticut, that “no politician … has been treated worse” than he has.
(H/T: Daily Caller)