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August 05, 2005

Robert Novak suspended from CNN

From AZCentral.com...

CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.

The exchange during CNN's "Inside Edition" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign. CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was through that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity....

Carville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.

"Let me just finish, James, please," Novak continued. "I know you hate to hear me, but you have to."

Carville, addressing the camera, said: "He's got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough."

"Well, I think that's bull---- and I hate that," Novak replied. "Just let it go."

As moderator Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.

Actually it was “Inside Politics” not “Inside Edition”. The transcript is already up at CNN, Here's the pertinent part...

HENRY: And the "Strategy Session" continues on INSIDE POLITICS. Still here: James Carville and Robert Novak.

Katherine Harris made a name for her self during the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential race. She was then Florida's secretary of state. She went on to the House of Representatives.

Now she wants to move over to the United States Senate. Today she got the news that the speaker of the Florida House won't challenge her for the Republican nomination. In the meantime, Harris is blaming unnamed newspapers for tarnishing her image by doctoring her makeup with Photoshop. -- that computer program. Bob Novak, have you been investigating this make-up story?

NOVAK: No, but I've had the same experience that she did. A lot of my trouble in the world is that they've doctored my make-up and colorized me in a lot of newspapers on my picture. So, I sympathize with her.

HENRY: This is breaking news. I've haven't heard this.

CARVILLE: Breaking news. Who did it? What paper?

NOVAK: Well, I don't. I can't tell you.

CARVILLE: Yes. You know the two happiest people in America today about this decision, is Bill Nelson and Jay Leno. I mean --

HENRY: Bill Nelson the Democratic Senator.

CARVILLE: The Democratic Senator and Jay Leno. That -- I mean, they're going to go nuts over this. They're messing with my make-up, but you really don't know who it is. I mean, let's say this: She's going to be good for the humor circuit. She's going to be good for the speech circuit and she's good for a lot. And I think that Nelson -- I think, it's probably no secret that the White House wanted the speaker to run and I suspect that the Nelson people are, you know, feeling pretty good here today.

NOVAK: A couple of points here: The first place, don't be too sure she's going to lose. All the establishment's against her and I've seen these Republican -- anti-establishment candidates who do pretty well. Ronald Reagan, I guarantee you that the establishment wasn't for him. We just elected a senator from Oklahoma, Senator Tom Coburn, everybody in the establishment was against him. She might get elected -- So, wait. Just let me finish what I'm going to say, James. Please, I know you hate to hear me, but you have...

CARVILLE: He's got to show these right wingers that he's got backbone. Show them you're tough.

NOVAK: Well, I think that's bulls***. And I hate that. Just let it go.

(Novak leaves set.)

Carville turned to the camera in that last bit he said. It was a personal insult to Novak. I never could understand why anyone would agree to be on any show with Carville. He's a fruitcake. I saw him on some show with his wife (who's sanity I seriously question) I'd never seen her before, but she looked horrible, like she hadn't slept in weeks. Poor woman.

Given that it was Carville, and that he was making a personal attack on Novak's integrity, CNN should cut Novak a break. But then we are talking about the “Clinton News Network” here, so they usually have different rule for Liberals and Conservatives.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Political Teen (video), Captain's Quarters, PoliPundit, WizBang, Outside the Beltway, La Shawn Barber, The Jawa Report, PoliBlog

Harris photo touchup coverage: Michelle Malkin

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 5, 2005 07:01 AM

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>>Carville turned to the camera in that last bit >>he said. It was a personal insult to Novak. I >>never could understand why anyone would agree to >>be on any show with Carville. He's a fruitcake.

I'm not inclined to question your characterization of Carville--except when your standard of comparison is Novak. The episode in question is a case in point.

>>Given that it was Carville, and that he was >>making a personal attack on Novak's integrity, >>CNN should cut Novak a break.

They *did* cut him a break. He didn't get fired, like the NYC reporter, I forgot his name, being heckled as he did a live stand-up and lost his cool. Professional journalists don't do that.

>>But then we are talking about the “Clinton News >>Network” here, so they usually have different >>rule for Liberals and Conservatives.

You're saying CNN is biased *against* conservatives? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?? What planet are you from? I suppose it makes sense, though. You probably believe in your heart of hearts Fox is "Fair and Balanced"

Anyway, thanks for posting the transcript I was looking for.

Posted by: Joe Btfsplk at August 9, 2005 09:00 AM

Your last sentence pretty much blew any bit of credibility you thought your post might have had.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at August 9, 2005 01:57 PM

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