Sunday, August 29, 2004
We are reliably told that syndicated columnist and Crossfire host Robert Novak, who outed CIA analyst Valerie Plame at the behest of thus-far-unidentified White House staffers, has managed to stay quite busy touting Unfit for Command, the book-length Kerry smear by Swift Boat Vets O'Neill and Corsi. We do not doubt that punditry is ill-paying work (as it should be), and so it came as no surprise to us that Mr. Novak might choose to supplement his income by taking on the occasional book review. We were, however, flabbergasted to learn that so eminent a paragon of journalistic integrity was moonlighting as a pimp:
Unmentioned in Mr. Novak's columns and television appearances, however, is a personal connection he has to the book: his son, Alex Novak, is the director of marketing for its publisher, the conservative publishing house Regnery.* -- Memo to Legal Dept.: Far be it from us to suggest that Mr. Novak is a traitor. We are merely quoting the opinion of a prominent former spook: "I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." -- G.H.W. Bush, 1999
In a telephone interview, Robert Novak said he saw no need to disclose the link.
"I don't think it's relevant," he said.
"I'm just functioning as a columnist with a point of view, and a strong point of view," he added.