"SNAPPED: BOB NOVAK WALKS OFF CNN LIVE 'THAT IS BULL*HIT'... Was on with Carville talking Katherine Harris chances for Senate... CNN spokeswoman: 'Bob Novak's behavior on CNN today was inexcusable and unacceptable. 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'."
CNN has the video, Carville takes a couple of cheap shots at Novak, obviously geared toward the "Plame Game" which in the context of the conversation were totally uncalled for. Here's Carville's quote:
"He's gotta show these right-wingers that he's got backbone, you know. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em you're tough."
Now what this has to do with Katherine Harris is beyond me. Yet this is typical for the rapid left that Carville hails from. When you're losing an argument, throw in a cheap shot - below the belt. I'm not a bit surprised.
Maybe Bob should have hung in, but I think a right cross to the Carville's crome dome would have worked just as well. You know, there comes a time when "enough is enough".
Carville is a has been political clown for too long, and the more they keep this twerp and his kind on the air the more CNN's pitiful ratings will continue to tumble
NRO's John Podhoretz at The Corner shares a similar experience:
"As someone who once stormed off "Crossfire" myself when Michael Kinsley became intolerably rude and changed subject topics on me to attack my place of work, I say: Welcome, Bob! May more people storm off television chat shows in the future!"
UPDATE - Michelle Malkin tells Bob to "get a grip".
Heh...She should know!
UPDATE: Per Captain's Quarters: Ed writes:
"UPDATE: CNN has announced its suspension of Novak for his behavior on today's show (and has clarified Carville's comment, which I updated in the original post):
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 Politics" 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.
A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable." Novak had apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers, she said.
"We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off," she said."
Ed further writes:
"I agree. Robert Novak has appeared on television long enough to know how to behave professionally. Even with the snarky reference to the WSJ editorial staff added in, nothing Carville said remotely justified either the expletive or the petulant abandonment of Ed Henry in the middle of the interview. As a CNN correspondent and commentator, Henry is Novak's colleague, and Novak left him hanging out to dry.
I'm sure that Novak has some mitigating circumstances, either some cross words with Carville before the show or during a break, or just the enormous pressure of having most of his media peers vilifying him for his role in the Plame affair most of the last two years. It doesn't matter. He chose to appear on "Inside Politics" with Carville, and he's been around the block with the crafty Cajun enough times to know what that means. Bob Novak ultimately has to take responsibility for his own actions and accept the consequences, and it appears from this Post article that he has, by apologizing for his rudeness. I hope that he will come back soon, without the petulance and the potty mouth."
Come on Cap! Stop being so condescending. Yes, Bob is a professional and yeah it could have stayed and took the abusive cheap shot (yeah, out of context cheap shot), but he didn't.
Secondly, Mr. Novak has made clear to all concerned that he had been asked not to speak about the Plame Game. The producer of CNN Live was acting unprofessionly by asking Ed Henry to go ahead and "set him up". Bob sniffed it out. CNN carries a large part of the blame here.
Excusing Carville (you know he's just crazy), while crucifying Mr. Novak shows a complete disconnect that I'm finding more and more disturbing among "elite" conservative bloggers. Rush Limbaugh was right on this point.
Mr. Novak will be crucified enough by the rabid left, much less by "his own" kind before they have gathered the facts.
It's time to knock it off - it's annoying as hell.
In fact, it's BS!
UPDATE: Read Tom Mcguire's link reference to speculation the "Red Book" on the desk during the segment was the Who's Who Mr. Novak referenced in his article beforehand. If true, just a further example of a "setup" in the making. And for what purpose other than to embarrass the man on national TV and the 3.5 viewers the show has?
Again, I know that there are some conservatives that loath Mr. Novak, but remember this. Before conservative pundits were less than ridiculously numerous as the are today, there was Bob. It's easy to take cheap shots and make fun, but the guy truly deserves better and especially from the right. It's a disgrace.
UPDATE: Lashawn Barber's Corner has a more 'balanced' approach, links and more.
Check out Outside the Beltway for more links and commentary.
UPDATE: Novak Apologizes.