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Bob Novak Retires

Posted by Mike on August 4, 2008

What a sad day to return to blogging from what has been an ongoing professional obligation. Today’s bad news continued when it was revealed that Bob Novak is suffering from a brain tumor and has retired.

A JFK Democrat turned Reagan Republican, Novak was already a successful conservative columnist decades before the emergence of the new media. He is probably best known for occupying the conservative chair on CNN’s Crossfire before the program jumped the shark. Most recently, he served as a Fox News contributor.

What impressed me most about Novak was the vast network of sources he built over the years that enabled him to provide exclusive behind the scenes scoops about what was really going on in Washington and in different campaigns. Whenever reporters wanted to know what political figures really knew, thought, hoped, or feared, Novak was the person they turned to.

Selfishly, we are all going to miss enjoying the fruits of Novak’s professional life. At this time, I’m going to resist that temptation and pray for Bob Novak the person during this difficult time.

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