Reporters don't always know what politicians actually believe, they only know what they say. This is why the Post should not have told readers in describing the White House's view of Senator Charles Schumer's effort to block President Obama's tax deal:
"But to the White House, it is Schumer who is acting recklessly by seeking to wage class warfare with just days left on the legislative calendar, risking the health of the economy and the pocketbook of every middle-class household with his threat to carry the fight into next year."
The Post does not know that the White House actually views Schumer's effort as reckless and risking the health of the economy. The Post only knows that some unspecified person in the White House made this assertion.