Jon Stewart on Thursday took a look at the current spat between veteran journalist Bob Woodward and the White House, asking, “Why would you word war with a legendary word warrior like Woodward?”
Well, the White House took issue with a recent article by Woodward, who claimed the sequester deal originally stipulated it could only be replaced with spending cuts.
While explaining the kerfuffle, Stewart suddenly set off an alarm clock. “I’m sorry, I just wanted to wake you guys back up. I apologize,” Stewart said.
Woodward made headlines on Wednesday when he said a senior White House official told him he would “regret” his recent reporting. But the correspondence was revealed to be innocuous and cordial. In an email, Obama administration economic adviser Gene Sperling apologized to Woodward for raising his voice in an earlier conversation. He added, “I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.”
“That doesn’t sound like a threat to me, and I’m a coward,” Stewart said.
Woodward then responded to Sperling’s email: “You do not ever have to apologize to me.”
“Because access means never having to say you’re sorry,” Stewart concluded.
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