Now that the correspondence between Bob Woodward and the White House has been revealed as tame and cordial, conservative commentators are reacting with disappointment to the veteran journalist's claim that he was threatened over his sequestration reporting.
Politico on Thursday posted the emails between Woodward and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling, who told Woodward, "as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim."
"Looks like we were played," The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis wrote Thursday morning.
RedState editor Erick Erickson was also surprised after reading the emails:
The Washington Examiner's Byron York agreed:
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume tweeted that it is hard to imagine feeling threatened by Sperling:
Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld's former chief of staff, tweeted:
Read TPM's timeline of the Woodward-White House spat here.