Novak chickens out

"I very much regret Robert Novak’s decision to withdraw from the Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate," writes Eric Alterman of a debate with the man who violated federal law by exposing an undercover CIA agent and who, mysteriously, faces no charges. "I had looked forward to debating the important question of media bias, as well as the implications for that issue raised by Mr. Novak’s journalistic and ethical transgressions that have made him as much a 'story' as a reporter." (Altercation)

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