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NYT: Plame-Outing Bob Novak Has Died

From the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of a dancing New York Times:

Robert Novak, Conservative Columnist, Is Dead at 78

By DOUGLAS MARTIN and JACQUES STEINBERG

August 19, 2009

Robert D. Novak, the pugnacious political columnist and cable television fixture whose scoops reached across five decades and whose nickname, “the prince of darkness,” was invoked with renewed fervor in 2003 when, acting on a tip, he revealed the name of a C.I.A. officer, setting the stage for a criminal investigation, died Tuesday morning at his home in northwest Washington. He was 78…

Mr. Novak rose from a $68-a-week cub reporter to become the wealthy proprietor of almost a cottage industry, achieving prominence and celebrity as an influential Washington pundit whose views leaned decidedly to the right while parlaying that renown into books, newsletters and political seminars he organized…

On cable television, Mr. Novak was the churlish chap in the three-piece suit with the permanently arched eyebrows and contemptuous scowl. He was a regular on various CNN programs, most notably “The Capital Gang,” “Crossfire” and “Evans, Novak, Hunt and Shields,” with Mark Shields, the longtime Washington journalist and former Democratic strategist…

Mr. Novak exulted in the fame his broadcast success had brought. “Now strangers come up to me and they say, ‘I love you on television,’ ” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune in 1985.

So when Mr. Novak became embroiled in perhaps the messiest story of his career, Americans had a face on which to focus. The episode began on July 14, 2003, when Mr. Novak published the name of a C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson. Her husband, the former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV, had made public assertions that the Bush administration had justified the invasion of Iraq by distorting intelligence about Iraqi efforts to acquire unconventional weapons. Referring to Ms. Wilson by her maiden name, Plame, Mr. Novak disclosed her identity as “an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction.”

A federal investigation began; federal law prohibited the disclosure of the identities of C.I.A. officers in some circumstances. And it led to the conviction of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Mr. Libby was not charged with leaking Ms. Wilson’s name; instead, he was charged with perjury, for lying about his conversations with reporters about Ms. Wilson, and obstruction of justice.

Some reporters were pressured to identify sources with whom they had discussed Ms. Wilson. But to the consternation of some liberals and news media critics, there seemed to be little focus on Mr. Novak. Judith Miller, then a reporter for The New York Times, went to jail for 85 days before she agreed, with Mr. Libby’s permission, to testify to a grand jury about her conversations with Mr. Libby…

Mr. Novak insisted that he would not name his sources, then disclosed them to investigators and a grand jury, saying he had felt free to speak because the sources had identified themselves to the authorities.

(Mr. Novak’s sources were eventually revealed to be Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, and Karl Rove, the longtime political adviser to President George W. Bush. Neither official was charged with violating the law.)

Once again the New York Times puts the ‘bitch’ in obituary.

Still, we can’t believe they weren’t able to work Valerie Plame into the headline. They must be slipping.

However, they were able to get it into the first sentence.

(Mr. Novak’s sources were eventually revealed to be Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, and Karl Rove, the longtime political adviser to President George W. Bush. Neither official was charged with violating the law.)

Of course Mr. Rove was not Mr. Novak’s source in any way shape or form. He merely said to Novak, “so you have heard that, too.”

But what are facts to The Times?

Certainly we don’t expect to see any corrections, like we saw for the nine errors in and around their obit for Mr. Cronkite.

But we thought they promised to do better?

On the other hand, it’s strangely reassuring to see the New York Times continue with their favorite lies no matter what.

Life does go on.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT: Plame-Outing Bob Novak Has Died”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    You know, somebody had to tell me Robert Novak was a ‘Conservative’. A characteristic I would never have guessed from his writing. He struck me as the Washington insider. Which I despise.

    But, you never speak ill of the departed, so ….

  2. proreason says:

    Never a better time for propaganda than when somebody dies.

    Death lends a certain gravitas that suckers the marks even better than pretending to be the paper of record..

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Bon Voyage Bob!!
    You was a hoot to watch especially there towards the end of your TV career.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    As Ann Coulter once said, the NYT puts the “bitch” in obituary.

  5. GuppyNblue says:

    RIP Mr. Novak (if Nixon will let you).

  6. TJ says:

    I always enjoyed Mr. Novak’s unapologetic honesty and his insistence on telling it as he saw it letting the chips fall where they may even if I didn’t always agree with him. The contrast with his passing and that of Uncle Walter’s and how it has been reported by our betters says a lot about the DC culture.

    Godspeed, Mr. Novak.

  7. GetBackJack says:

    As a notable anti-Semite and friend of HAMAS? If Novak was a ‘conservative’ then I am a different category altogether.

  8. The Redneck says:

    I wish that when I died I could have a NYT obituary that hateful. Be like a Catholic gettign a Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass or somethin’.

    Otherwise, Getback is right: http://www.debbieschlussel.com/7138/noted-anti-semitedead-conservatives-pat-buchanan-lament-friend-of-hamas-robert-novak/

    I’m still not going to cheer that he’s dead–leave that to the Kostards–but even being hated by the NYT doesn’t quite make up for a lifetime of anti-semitism and support of terrorism.


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