One of the last true journalists, from whom nearly all current journalists could learn a great deal, such as “how to be one”, died today.
Robert Novak was a lightening rod for both the left and right. Mostly the left, because he was a registered Democrat who was actually conservative in nature and exposed the truth about things. Liberals are against that, as we know.
All real journalists, of every age, automatically know all about the legendary Bob Novak, as do all intelligent consumers of news, particularly political news.
Therefore, the CBC’s intensely annoying and bent-over-to-the-left technology expert, Jesse Hirsh, who can’t stop talking about politics (he once described the extreme left-wing Rabble.ca as “among the best ‘blogs’ in Canada” and that “it represents ‘a real pulse’ in terms of how people are thinking across our country”, betraying his abject asininity) once called Novak “this rather old, right-wing pundit in the United States”, on national state-owned television, as I documented on Friday, January 25, 2008. The genius Hirsch was covering political news from the techno angle, or some such stupid thing. Please read my blog entry about that, entitled “CBC’s Jesse Hirsh drums up another political angle in another “what’s up in tech?!” infoscreed”.
I wrote about the incident at the time:
Robert Novak (younger than my mom) is “this rather old, right-wing pundit” only if you’re this “rather insolent and rude” punk from nowhereville. But thanks for telling us he’s “right-wing”. He’s actually a registered Democrat, even if he’s considered “conservative” by some.
…[H]e’s actually a living legend in politics and political journalism in the United States, having been practicing his craft for some 50 years. A man who journalists —at least the ones who are trying to be taken seriously rather than as a joke — would never blithely describe as “a rather old right-wing pundit”. They wouldn’t simply because they understand the concept of “a modicum of respect”. And because they know their place in the world of politics. And because they’re on the state-owned, state-run CBC TV across the nation.
What a disgrace.
Today the CBC is offering but a scarcely mentioned, passing regard for the legend, reserving their usual true respect and days-long tributes and three-part “Passionate Eye” reports for dead liberals and communists. Today’s CBC weather reports are longer. And in liberal-left knee-jerk fashion, of all the things they could say about Novak after over a half-century of serious journalism, they could only see fit to regurgitate the deceitful Valerie Plame non-story in connection with Novak, as if that’s the ultimate story of his life. It’s actually done only to use the occasion of his death as yet another convenient way to bash their despised nemesis, George W. Bush, conservatives, and Republicans.
What a disgrace, again.
Ann Coulter writes:
I was an intern for Mr. Novak with the National Journalism Center after college. He terrified me, but I got to see the master in action. After working with him, I could understand how he got anyone to talk, which made him a reporter like no other.
As his guest at the Gridiron Dinner a few years ago, I was telling him how I avoided getting to know politicians, so that I could attack them if circumstances required. He got a twinkle in his eye and said, “Oh that makes it more fun!”
Rest in Peace, Bob Novak.
Mark Steyn, filling in for Rush Limbaugh as host of his radio show, said this today:
“Bob Novak was a great defender for a lot of important things in this country, particularly the responsibility of government to stick to its core activities and not try to do everything. At a time when we’re running up multi-trillion dollar deficits, we could certainly use a guy like Bob.”