Novak sinks lower, if possible

Once again, Bob Novak confirms his status as -- well, words fail me as does my extensive repertoire of insults. Even the Jon Stewart moniker "douchebag" seems kind now that Judith Miller is headed for jail time (Matt Cooper's been saved because Time cracked under monetary pressure). You would think that Novak would at least fake some compassion for his fellow journalists, but even that is far too much of an effort for this septugenarian piece of bile.

Here is Novak at his brazen best on CNN's Inside Politics speaking to host Ed Henry:

HENRY: Okay. Now, just in general about the principle at stake here -- William Safire, fellow conservative, wrote an op ed in the New York Times saying that at the very least, he believes that you owe your readers, and in this case, your viewers, some explanation. He said, "Mr. Novak should finally write the column he owes readers and colleagues perhaps explaining how his two sources, who may have truthfully revealed themselves to investigators, managed to get the prosecutor off his back."

I think that's the question. Why is it that there are two reporters out there who may go to jail, Bob, but it doesn't appear that you are going to go to jail?

NOVAK: Well, that's what I can't reveal until this case is finished. I hope it is finished soon. And when it does, I agree with Mr. Safire, I will reveal all in a column and on the air.

HENRY: Do you understand why in general there's frustration among fellow journalist after 41 years of distinguished work, where you've always pushed and been a fierce advocate of the public's right to know, you're not letting the public know about such a critical case, and two people may go to jail.

NOVAK: Well, they are not going to jail because of me. Whether I answer your questions or not, it has nothing to do with that. That's very ridiculous to think that I am the cause of their going to jail. I don't think they should be going to jail.

HENRY: Yes. But I didn't say you were the cause. But there are some people...

NOVAK: Yes, you do did.

HENRY: No, but some people feel if you would come forward with the information that you have, that maybe they would not go to jail.

NOVAK: But you don't know -- Ed, you don't know anything about the case. And those people who say that don't know anything about the case. And unfortunately, as somebody who likes to write, I'd like to say a lot about the case, but because of my attorney's advice I can't. But I will. And there might be some surprising things.

HENRY: We'll all be waiting to hear that story finally told, Bob.

Gee, that's mighty white of you, Ed. The more astonishing aspect of this sad affair has been the way that the Washington press corps -- usually quick to turn into a lynch mob when any one questions their constitutional rights -- has soft-pedaled Novak's role all the way through. His Crossfire co-host Al Hunt displays this collegial double-standard in a NYT article. All that clucking about how hard all this is on Bob is enough to tickle the old gag reflex.

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