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Novak 'Probably' Regrets Plame Column
Broadcasting Cable. com ^ | 12/24/05 | John Eggerton

Posted on 12/28/2005 5:19:01 PM PST by summer

Abstract: In an interview on CNN's Situation Room Friday, Robert Novak said he "probably" regrets writing the column that revealed the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: cialeak; novak; plame; regrets
LOL...am I laughing? Probably...I can't decide! :)
1 posted on 12/28/2005 5:19:02 PM PST by summer
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To: Tribune7; cubreporter

I thought you would probably enjoy this news article...


2 posted on 12/28/2005 5:19:38 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

Flipping a coin, to bump or not to bump?


3 posted on 12/28/2005 5:21:17 PM PST by dighton
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To: dighton

LOL...


4 posted on 12/28/2005 5:21:29 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
He probably can't remember what it was about. lol. It's been three years? Just another manufactured "scandal" by MSM to trash the Bush administration. They proved it by not demanding an investigation of the latest CIA leaks about our NATIONAL SECURITY, not some desk jockey who attends cocktail parties with the beltway "reporters".
5 posted on 12/28/2005 5:23:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: summer
He knows that the true story is eventually going to come out and his suggestion that administration officials were NOT the ones who tipped him to the story.

He was told NOT to print her name and did so anyway.

He ought to be indicted!

6 posted on 12/28/2005 5:26:25 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: OldFriend

Ooops. His suggestion tht it was administration officials is going to be NOT true.


7 posted on 12/28/2005 5:27:06 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: kcvl

You are probably right about him not being able to remember a thing. Has this guy (and others like him) never heard the word "retirement?" I am so tired of seeing him, Charlie Rose, larry King, and others. Is there no one under the age of 70 who can grace a television screen besides Anderson Cooper???


8 posted on 12/28/2005 5:27:19 PM PST by summer
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To: OldFriend

Maybe you're right! Probably! :)


9 posted on 12/28/2005 5:28:01 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

Novak always has been a gutless RINO pillow biter. Gee don't stand up and defend the truth Bob someone might get mad at you!!!


10 posted on 12/28/2005 5:28:25 PM PST by MNJohnnie (We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them.--GWBush)
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To: summer

I probably wish that Novak would just shut up and go away.


11 posted on 12/28/2005 5:29:06 PM PST by The Phantom FReeper (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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To: MNJohnnie

LOL...he really needs to find something else to do. Maybe a hobby of some sort?


12 posted on 12/28/2005 5:29:27 PM PST by summer
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To: The Phantom FReeper

ROTFLMAO...don't hold back, now! :)


13 posted on 12/28/2005 5:29:54 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

Novac is a back stabbing, two timing, journalist of the lowest order who's conservatism is feigned.


14 posted on 12/28/2005 5:31:44 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: summer

BLITZER: Let me read to you what you wrote, just to be precise. These were the sensitive words. "Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife Valerie Plame is an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him." Do you regret writing that story?

NOVAK: Well, it's a very interesting question. I probably do because it's caused me so much trouble. I don't think I did anything wrong, but as a practical matter, it wasn't a big scoop. You know, I think it was in the seventh paragraph of a 13-paragraph story or 11-paragraph story.

And so it was just a throw-away line. And the whole column was not abusive toward Joe Wilson in any way.

More at link ...


http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/networks/novak_says_goodbye_to_cnn_29935.asp


15 posted on 12/28/2005 5:33:20 PM PST by maggief
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To: summer

Novak appeared on CNN? I thought he was shown the door by that network. Apparently the old curmudgeon is still wanted by CNN.


16 posted on 12/28/2005 5:33:42 PM PST by DuckFan4ever (Happy New Year!)
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To: summer

He was for writing the article, before he was against it.


17 posted on 12/28/2005 5:35:58 PM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: summer
In an interview on CNN's Situation Room Friday, Robert Novak said he "probably" regrets writing the column that revealed the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

You think?

18 posted on 12/28/2005 5:38:00 PM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: summer
Novak was fired by CNN and hired by FNC.

He'll continue to make trouble for this administration until he draws his last breath.

19 posted on 12/28/2005 5:38:44 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: OldFriend

You think the old SOB would at least tell us who told him.

I'm tired of guessing!


20 posted on 12/28/2005 5:40:24 PM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: maggief

It caused HIM a lot of trouble? What a shelfish boob. I look forward to the trial, when Russert, Cooper, et al have to take the stand.


21 posted on 12/28/2005 5:40:39 PM PST by Laverne
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To: summer
LOL...he really needs to find something else to do. Maybe a hobby of some sort?

Fox News hired Novak. lol!

22 posted on 12/28/2005 5:43:45 PM PST by kcvl
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To: summer

I probably gave up caring what Novak thinks about anything many years ago. Screw the gutless old fart.


23 posted on 12/28/2005 5:45:52 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

Now, now. Don't hold back. Tell us what you really think.


24 posted on 12/28/2005 5:55:05 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

"You can't handle the truth!"- Jack Nicholson
;>)


25 posted on 12/28/2005 6:02:57 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: summer

I thought he was going to Fox -- he's back on CNN instead???


26 posted on 12/28/2005 6:07:47 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: maggief
From that same interview linked on your post #15:

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BLITZER: Here's what you said the other day, at least according to the "Raleigh News & Observer," December 14, 2005: "I'm confident the president knows who the source is. I'd be amazed if he doesn't. So I say don't bug me, don't bug 'Washington Post' reporter Bob Woodward, bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is." You were talking about your initial source for this story, is that right?

NOVAK: I was giving a speech, as I do every couple of years, to a conservative think tank called "The John Locke Foundation" in Raleigh.

And I've spoken there for years. And I've said a lot of outrageous things to them, and it never gets in the paper. I'd made the bum reporter's mistake. I didn't think there would be any reporters there.

So that was a stupid thing for me to say. I was just kind of -- it wasn't in the speech, it was in the -- I had given a speech for about 40 minute. We had about ten minutes of Q&A, and that was the last question. It's always the last question that does you in. That was a dumb thing to say.

BLITZER: Was it dumb to say it, or was it not true? Do you believe the president knows who your source is?

NOVAK: It was dumb to say it.

BLITZER: But you do believe the president...

NOVAK: I'm not going to say. I thought it was an off-the-record operation.
And I really don't want to go any further into it. I'm embarrassed that it appeared in print. I thought it was just in a private setting, so I don't want to go further into it.

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Geesh, this "I thought it was a private setting" line from public figures -- after they make stupid remarks in a public speech -- is beginning to sound a lot like "the dog ate my homework."
27 posted on 12/28/2005 6:24:38 PM PST by summer
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To: maggief
Boy, that explanation really cinches it for me that the naughty, nasty, Bush administration really went out of their way to discredit someone, probably, who was that again? Oh, somebody Flame, yeah, that's the ticket....real devastating plan, wasn't it? Zzzzzzzz.......
28 posted on 12/28/2005 6:36:00 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: summer

Novak should have asked Wolf if he knew who Plame was prior to Novak's column.


29 posted on 12/28/2005 7:00:16 PM PST by UglyinLA
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To: summer

I "probably" need to take a dump bout now...


30 posted on 12/28/2005 7:06:17 PM PST by fahraint (git thar fuhstest with the mostest)
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To: summer

NOVAK: I was giving a speech, as I do every couple of years, to a conservative think tank called "The John Locke Foundation" in Raleigh.

And I've spoken there for years. And I've said a lot of outrageous things to them, and it never gets in the paper. I'd made the bum reporter's mistake. I didn't think there would be any reporters there.





http://www.carolinajournal.com/cjprint/display_cjprint.html?id=1

Syndicated journalist Robert Novak, speaking at a John Locke Foundation luncheon Feb. 11, (2002) had some sharp criticism for President Bush. Page 5

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/1999/02/15/tidbits.html

Famed conservative columnist and CNN commentator Robert Novak, speaking in Raleigh Feb. 10 (1999) at a John Locke Foundation lunch, said, "If it weren't for Tom Ellis, I don't believe Ronald Reagan would have been elected president."


31 posted on 12/28/2005 8:18:24 PM PST by maggief
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To: summer
I thought it was an off-the-record operation.

He's been around too long for me to buy this.

32 posted on 12/28/2005 8:24:34 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: UglyinLA
I just love the fact that on July 14th, Wolf "waved Joe over from his porch to see Novak's article and that's how Joe FIRST found out about the article".

Now add that a friend of Wilson's had approached Novak on July 8th...on the street, asked Novak about Joe and reported TO Wilson that Novak knew his wife worked at the CIA.

Then add in that Joe actually talked to Novak on the 10th and 11th (the same days that Cooper called Rove and Libby). All Joe had to do was tell Valerie and her bosses could have stopped it if her cover would be jeopardized.

Don't tell me that Wilson called Novak "on his own" without discussing it with his attorney.

By the way, July 6th was the first week that Cooper was the White House Correspondent.

Boy, did he luck out....Story of the year, court case against a Bush biggie.

Mandy Grunwald, his wife, who is also best friend of Hillary, her media manager and Bubba's ex campaign manager must be really proud of her hubbie....a doofus making good.

Of course, Mandy and Hillary were in Germany on the day of Joe's article...July 6th.

33 posted on 12/29/2005 1:55:39 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: summer

Beltway Bob bump.


34 posted on 12/29/2005 5:08:23 AM PST by PGalt
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To: A.Hun
I'm tired of the old SOB.

Evidently the Arab partners at FNC wanted Novak in their stable.

The more they turn away from America and towards our enemies, the less I bother to watch.

35 posted on 12/29/2005 5:38:45 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Novak is a registered Democrat; therefore, he can't be a RINO.


36 posted on 12/29/2005 6:00:16 AM PST by Terpfen (Libby should hire Phoenix Wright.)
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To: summer

The entire Plame scam was and is a concoction of Joe Wilson and some of his cohorts to save Wilson's butt and screw the Bush Administration. And that's a fact.


37 posted on 12/29/2005 8:27:41 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: OldFriend

Well if they leave their audience, their audience will leave them.

I was out of cable service (for eight days!) and had to watch either NBC or CBS for news. I don't think Fox news could ever get that bad. Mrs. Hun had to keep me from shooting the TV set several times!!!


38 posted on 12/29/2005 11:03:47 AM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: popdonnelly
The thing is that some folks are saying that by writing his article for the NYSlimes, Wilson divulged his classified report.

On the contrary, the report he submitted to the CIA pretty much confirmed that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase uranium.

This entire case is so twisted and illogical it defines any explanation at all.

39 posted on 12/29/2005 11:58:57 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: summer

I wonder if a complete transcript of the interview is also available.

The problem with the "news" is the frequency with which people must actually read the source materials in order to discover what really happened. It is embarrassing.


40 posted on 01/01/2006 8:11:35 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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