Thursday, August 04, 2005


Novak loses his passport to the DC Cocktail Circuit

Bradblog brings to our attention the fact that Novak had an on-air meltdown of the kind that generally leads to banning. Crooks and Liars has the video as does Media Matters and ThinkProgress has the transcript
My word, the boy will do anything to get out of having to answer questions on Valerie Plame and TreasonGate, won't he?

Atrios points to this part of the transcript, after the meltdown:

HENRY: Thanks, James Carville. And I'm sorry as well that Bob Novak obviously left the set a little early. I had told him in advance that we were going to ask him about the CIA leak case. He was not here for me to be able to ask him about that. Hopefully we'll be able to ask him about that in the future.
Not only did he avoid answering the questions on that show, but if Novak is suspended from CNN, he won't be returning to the show to be asked those questions at a later date.
He succeeded, MEC. He's been suspended.

The rule about not saying the seven words on air is basic among the punditocracy, sort of like toilet training. Any adult who fails toilet training in front of half a million people is not getting invited anywhere. And so I predict it will be with Novak.

I tend to think Novak just had a spasm of rage at being talked over and that this has nothing to do with Plame. Any experienced member of the punditocracy, knowing that they are going ro be asked a question, knows to parrot the line. In this case: "Since this is an ongoing investigation, the special counsel has asked me not to discuss the matter."

My guess is that he's just too old to handle the stress of being on-air.
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