Thursday, August 04, 2005

Out CIA Agent: OK. Swear on TV: Suspended

Incredibly, CNN has suspended Robert Novak not for "outing" CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and possibly condemning those she had contact with overseas to prison or worse, but for getting titterpated on Inside Politics. Cripes, how juvenile.

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.

It's been suggested that Novak staged the walk off because he was going to be asked about the Plame case. If that's so, CNN's decision is somewhat more understandable.


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