Friday, August 05, 2005
Chronicle: CNN suspends Robert Novak for on-air outburst - Aug. 5
LOS ANGELES - CNN issued a public rebuke to syndicated columnist and political analyst Robert Novak, below left, and asked him to "take some time off" after he uttered a profanity and walked off the set during a live broadcast yesterday.
The on-air outburst by Novak, 74, came when the conservative commentator was interrupted by liberal political strategist James Carville during a discussion of the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Florida on CNN's Inside Politics show.
"Let me finish what I was going to say, James, please. I know you hate to hear me," Novak said as he and Carville jousted over the Senate election chances of Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris.
Carville persisted, saying: "You got to show those right-wingers that he's got backbone. ... the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching. Show 'em you're tough."
An angry Novak shot back, ``I think that's bull----, and I hate that.'' Then to the show's host, Ed Henry, he added, ``Just let it go,'' before standing up from his seat, unclipping his microphone and walking off the set.
Carville and Henry continued the discussion without pausing, but Henry acknowledged Novak's departure at the end of the hour, saying he was sorry "Bob Novak left the set a little early."
CNN, a unit of Time Warner Inc., later issued a statement chiding Novak for his conduct.
"Bob Novak's behavior on CNN today was inexcusable and unacceptable," the network said. "Mr. Novak has apologized to CNN, and CNN apologizes to its viewers for his language and actions. We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off."
Source: Houston Chronicle.
I believe that the stress of actually committing a crime at the behest of the Whitehouse has finally gotten through to him. His facade of hard-boiled conservative is breaking down and the scared little messenger's personal feelings and pain are beginning to break through.
In this case the old saying needs to be rephrased; The Whitehouse is killing their messenger.
Terry D. Barhorst
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