Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

January 27, 2004

by V

Why is Bob Novak so angry? Plus, Wolf

Blah3: "NH citizen gets under [Novak]'s skin...."
["Symbolman"] was outside the Merrimac Restaurant in Manchester, NH where CNN is broadcasting, and he said things got a bit testy when Bob Novak came out of the restaurant, heading for the CNN bus.

Apparently, someone from the crowd got on Novak's case, calling him a traitor a few times. Novak went ballistic - Sym described it as a 'Lee Harvey Oswald moment' - and went over and shoved the guy, sending him sprawling...

Sym said that the guy is considering pressing assault charges...

...Tucker Carlson reportedly told [Symbolman] to 'Get over it' because Novak 'is an old man.'...

...more details, if they come in, will be on Take Back The Media.
Gee, Bob, why let the proles get you down - you should wake up every day thrilled that CNN hasn't suspended you yet for all the funny business you've engaged in over the years. What do you have to get angry about?

And Wolf Blitzer takes exception to Howard Dean calling what he does 'entertainment':
DEAN: I never worry about the news media being fair, the news media does what the news media does, they're an entertainment business as much as the news media.

BLITZER: You don't think we're in the business of reporting the news and providing information...

DEAN: I think you report the news, you create the news and that's what you guys do, and that's fine.
So I just have one question, Wolf:

If you're just in the business of providing information, why do you have an insipid, unscientific "poll" on your home page that you report on every day?

What is the news value of that, pray tell?
Posted by V at January 27, 2004 08:51 PM

I'm not in the business of defending Robert Novak, but that guy was out of line. Wouldn't you get ticked off if a conservative called you a traitor?

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Squelch at January 28, 2004 10:46 AM

"If you're just in the business of providing information, why do you have an insipid, unscientific "poll" on your home page that you report on every day?"

This is a beautifully concise rebuttal of Wolf's "But, but, I'm a newsman!" stance. Just wanted to highlight it again.

I have loathed these stupid "polls" ever since CNN and others started doing them back in the late 90s. Hard scientists and social scientists alike cried foul and yet they get reported as though they have any meaning whatsoever. Bah.

Posted by: J at January 28, 2004 04:11 PM

It's the American public DUTY to keep up pressure on Robert Novak and his crime of exposing a CIA officer in conjunction with a "leak" within the Bush administration.

Robert Novak should be tried for treason and if found guilty. KILLED.

We can never know for sure how many where endangered or killed by that CIA leak. Keep in mind, you leak one person, you also leak those around that person by proxy.


Former CIA operative, Larry Johnson:

"...The problem with this is a lot of the damage that has occurred is not going to be seen. It can't be photographed. We can't bring the bodies out because in some cases it's going to involve protecting sources and methods. And it's important to keep this before the American people. This was a betrayal of national security..."

If you see Robert Novak in person, be sure to spit in his face.

Posted by: Cowicide at December 10, 2004 12:45 PM

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