And to his credit, Woodward has said to the Erik Wemple Blog and in an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News last night that he hasn’t deployed the term “threatened” in reference to that e-mail—that’s just how others have interpreted things.
And yet, Woodward used the following language on his Hannity appearance to describe how he felt about the matter:
The problem I have with the Gene Sperling memo and email and this comes after a shouting match. Now, lots of people shout at me and he says, I’m going to regret, you know, that’s — that goes into the coded, you know, you better watch out.
The ever-careful Woodward, again, does not use the term “threatened.” He merely uses other words that, together, form the definition of “threatened.”