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Novak Walkout Bigger Than Clinton's?
NewsMax ^ | 8/5/05 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 08/05/2005 10:58:36 AM PDT by wagglebee

CNN commentator Robert Novak's decision to storm off the set of "Inside Politics" yesterday has already received four times as much news coverage as a similar meltdown by ex-President Clinton.

Clinton walked out in the midst of a 1994 interview with NBC in Prague.

A Lexis-Nexis search conducted midday Friday turned up 39 stories on the Novak tantrum, detailing how the conservative columnist exploded during a debate with fellow CNN'er James Carville, yanked off his microphone and walked away.

Novak's actions were almost a mirror image of Clinton's, who pulled the plug on a Jan. 14, 1994 interview with NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski after becoming angry that the NBC'er had dared to ask him about Whitewater.

"You've had your two questions, Jim," Clinton snarled. "I'm sorry you're not interested in the trip." The president then leaped to his feet, tore off his microphone and stormed off the set.

The next day, Clinton was asked about his tantrum during an interview on ABC's "Nightline."

"There's no point in going into it now," he insisted. "I don't have to talk about it anymore."

Despite the fact that the presidential meltdown came in the midst of a network television interview, the episode attracted surprisingly little media attention.

A Lexis-Nexis search turned up just 9 reports on Clinton's tantrum for the entire week after it happened.


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A Lexis-Nexis search turned up just 9 reports on Clinton's tantrum for the entire week after it happened.

I didn't even remember that BJ walked out on an interview until I saw this story.

1 posted on 08/05/2005 10:58:36 AM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee
I vaguely remember it, but it was certainly suppressed.
2 posted on 08/05/2005 11:02:42 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we are talking about.)
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To: wagglebee

Didn't Clinton throw a hissy during the Ginsburg nomination announcement? ABC reporter Brit Hume asked a question about the selection process which seemed to ruin ole bubba's day.


3 posted on 08/05/2005 11:03:49 AM PDT by Checkers
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To: scott7278

Very efficient cover up.


4 posted on 08/05/2005 11:04:37 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: scott7278

I remember Dan Ratherbiased walking off because he was pissed about a sporting event running into the news hour, but I barely remember the Klintoon episode even registering with the media.


5 posted on 08/05/2005 11:05:07 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

And ABC did not suspend Clinton either.


6 posted on 08/05/2005 11:05:14 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Checkers

BJ probably thought the Hume was making reference to the fact that he surrounds himself with really ugly women!


7 posted on 08/05/2005 11:06:38 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

The MSM must have gotten the message, cause he sure got preferred treatment ever since.

Hillary still has the guys testicles in a jar in her fridge.


8 posted on 08/05/2005 11:06:42 AM PDT by digger48
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To: wagglebee

I see nothing wrong with a presidential walkout on the press if it's done in good taste. Naturally that excludes all possible Clinton scenarios.
But Novak is no POTUS.
I remember he was none too happy when GWB was clearly the winner, late election night last year, and I haven't trusted him since.


9 posted on 08/05/2005 11:07:27 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: wagglebee

I saw Novaks walk-out about 10 times... every time I see it...it looks more "staged" than the previous time.


10 posted on 08/05/2005 11:08:00 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: wagglebee

But WHAT did Carvile say to him that precipitated this.?.


11 posted on 08/05/2005 11:09:05 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed by me to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: wagglebee

Anything that makes a conservative look bad is big news. Anything that makes BJ Clinton look bad gets surpressed.

Everyone here who is shocked by this revelation please say "aye"

:: crickets chirping ::

I didn't think so.


12 posted on 08/05/2005 11:09:56 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Register to vote as a Dem! You get to vote in their primaries and it screws up their polling data!)
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To: Graymatter
I don't recall Novak being upset that Bush had been reelected.
13 posted on 08/05/2005 11:10:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: scott7278
"I vaguely remember it, but it was certainly suppressed."

Not quite. The headlines were filled with Ken Starr's voyages into the dark unknown.

14 posted on 08/05/2005 11:11:10 AM PDT by azhenfud (This tag line is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.)
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To: hosepipe

Carville was just being his normal obnoxious self and kept interrupting.


15 posted on 08/05/2005 11:11:49 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Nothing in NYT search.


16 posted on 08/05/2005 11:12:07 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: hosepipe

Good question. This is the first I have heard of this. I guess you can tell I don't watch much TV.


17 posted on 08/05/2005 11:12:07 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: taxed2death

You think that CNN may have staged this to boost ratings?


18 posted on 08/05/2005 11:12:41 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Graymatter
"But Novak is no POTUS."

True, but no one should be expected to endure the likes of James Carville.

19 posted on 08/05/2005 11:13:08 AM PDT by azhenfud (This tag line is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.)
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To: wagglebee

I do recall it. Nothing he said, but the attitude and expressions were unmistakeable. Several people remarked on it on the election night threads here, maybe I did too, but I remember I wasn't the only one who noticed.


21 posted on 08/05/2005 11:14:47 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: wagglebee

I agree with Rush Limbaugh on this subject -- there was nothing objectionable to me that Novak walked off stage, my question is why has he waited this long? If CNN owes an apology to viewers, it is for treating Novak in an unprofessional manner for years on Crossfire and The Capital Gang. Anyway, how many people actually saw this? All 5 CNN viewers?


22 posted on 08/05/2005 11:14:50 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: wagglebee
Rush asked if Rather was threatened with firing for walking off the seeBS newscast when preempted by a tennis tournament, leaving an empty chair.

Come to thing of it, even when Rather was there it was an empty chair.
23 posted on 08/05/2005 11:14:52 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The story is true" - Dan Rather)
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To: wagglebee

I will look around to see what made Novak so mad...

It amazes me that people don't do this more often on these news shows.

It also amazes me that everybody gets so upset at a really nothing event. Shows how much the courtoise society in Washington, New York, etc., has degenerated into a bunch of narcissitic ninnies. Look at everybody get the vapors because Novak walked off the styrofoam set. Woooooooooo....

To just sit there as an interviewee, composed and ready to take another abusive loaded question, tacitly lends credence to a process that is often farcical or absurd. It lends authority to a group of persons who don't have the brains to run a lemonade stand. For crying out loud these are JOURNALISM MAJORS. Or worse, TELECOM majors!!!

Just because the news people are cute and theatrical, and their sets and graphics and music are polished, and their clothing and makeup are snazzy, doesn't mean these bozos have anything pertinent to say about any topic whatsoever.

Americans being interviewed should just get up and walk away from many, many, more interviews than they currently do.

And it should go all the way up to the White House. Bush should kick the whole press office out of the White House. OUT. And the information fed from the President to the press should be as it was in the Silent Cal administration. Presidents always lose when they try to outmanipulate a hundred professional manipulators. No president seems to understand that, from any party.

The press being taken seriously is the tail wagging the dog.


24 posted on 08/05/2005 11:16:04 AM PDT by caddie
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To: wagglebee

Could you imagine the media feeding frenzy if Bush stormed out of an interview after being asked about say Karl Rove?? The media would call him "prickly" and "defensive" and would crow over his "display of temper." Clinton does it and the media just finds it another reason to love him.


25 posted on 08/05/2005 11:16:27 AM PDT by MikeA
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To: wagglebee

I recall when Clinton took a White House press corps member (Sam Donaldson?) to the woodshed for having the gall of asking a question that was off script. He wasn't accustomed to being asked the tough questions and it always ruffled him-the few times it happened. Imagine him getting the grilling that Bush does. Of course, we can only imagine it because it will never happen. The MSM abandoned all pretense of neutrality during the Clinton years and they're sure to blow this thing with Novak into Watergate II.


26 posted on 08/05/2005 11:17:10 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Brilliant
And ABC, recently expelled from Russia for treasonous broadcasting activity, did not suspend Clinton either.
27 posted on 08/05/2005 11:17:18 AM PDT by johnb838 (In peace sons bury their fathers. In time of war, fathers bury their sons.)
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To: wagglebee
CNN commentator Robert Novak's decision to storm off the set of "Inside Politics" yesterday has already received four times as much news coverage as a similar meltdown by ex-President Clinton.

As much as I don't like Novak (piss poor oratorial representative of the Republican party), the media coverage against him is a lynching...Does anybody remember Lawrence O'Donnell?...Novak left with dignity comparatively.

http://www.dailyrecycler.com/blog/2004/10/breakdown.html

28 posted on 08/05/2005 11:17:55 AM PDT by Outraged (Time to put pressure on the party)
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To: Checkers
You remember ...

IIRC -- Clinton introduced Ginsburg in a White House ceremony and then Ginsburg gave a speech that paid tribute to the women's movement, the civil rights movement and Hillary Rodham Clinton, among other liberal issues of the day.

At the end of it, President Clinton, who appeared moved by Ginsburg's remarks, not sure if the bit lower lip was in the reaction, but probably, opened things up for questions and Brit Hume asked about the chaotic process Hume said something like Ginsburg's nomination had a certain zigzag quality about it.

Clinton's face reddened with anger and said something like 'How you could ask a question like that after the statement she just made is beyond me', Clinton then stomped off.

So this is how we met the liberal activist Ginsburg, and the leftist-MSM went ohhhh and fainted.

I think the date was June 1993.
29 posted on 08/05/2005 11:19:16 AM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Spok

I had forgotten what a big baby Clinton really was. What a maroon. So much for being able to "take the heat." Meanwhile GWB faces a media 100 times more biased and abusive and he always manages to keep his cool. I might not agree with everything he does as president but his manner and character always impress me.


30 posted on 08/05/2005 11:20:08 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: wagglebee
Despite the fact that the presidential meltdown came in the midst of a network television interview, the episode attracted surprisingly little media attention.

Too hard for them to comment with their lips glued to his a##.
31 posted on 08/05/2005 11:20:34 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: wagglebee
Let's take this a step further ... can you name one day in all of 2005 when some high profile Republican was not "in the hot seat" or not being "villified" by the MSM?
32 posted on 08/05/2005 11:22:25 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: Brilliant
And ABC did not suspend Clinton either.

You raise an interesting question: (1) is the lamestream media a division of the dnc; or, (2) is the dnc a wholly owned subsidiary of the media?

In the impeached one's case, there's no question the media was bought and paid for. Today I think the delegation of authority is a bit fuzzy. Not to worry though; everything will be settled before 2008.

33 posted on 08/05/2005 11:25:01 AM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned? Hell, that's better than the alternative!)
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To: wagglebee
What's Novak waiting for??

Why doesn't he QUIT CNN???

34 posted on 08/05/2005 11:26:32 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: wagglebee

Well I am certain Novak will recover - they were announcing he would be interviewed on Fox this morning where he will no doubt get more coverage than on CNN - at any time.

It is probably the most exciting thing happening at CNN and while I am sorry I missed that little drama the thought of watching CNN any time of the day or night would be too much of a sacrifice.

One morning in error I hit the wrong remote button and there was Miles O'Brian and his nasty wife Soledad cooing at each other - ruined my breakfast!


35 posted on 08/05/2005 11:26:35 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: wagglebee

Maybe BJ was late for a date.


36 posted on 08/05/2005 11:27:32 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: taxed2death

Clearly CNN is lying thru it's teeth when they suggest Novak's walking off the set had anything to do with Valery Plame.


37 posted on 08/05/2005 11:28:47 AM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: wagglebee
What is NOT being reported is the moderator's reaction to the events. I saw the replay on Brit Hume last night and when Novack left the stage, the moderator and Carvile just sat there as if nothing happened.

The boob didn't even have the grace or good manners to acknowledge the program became a DNC exclusive.

38 posted on 08/05/2005 11:34:12 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: wagglebee

I remember reading about clintoon's tantrum. It was downplayed very successfully by Coccus Carville and his media goons.


39 posted on 08/05/2005 11:34:22 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Brilliant
And ABC, recently expelled from Russia for treasonous broadcasting activity did not suspend Clinton either.
41 posted on 08/05/2005 11:34:30 AM PDT by johnb838 (In peace sons bury their fathers. In time of war, fathers bury their sons.)
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To: wagglebee

I once saw Novak go ballistic at an airport in FL. My God, he can really wail. "Don't you know who I am?" Stuff like that. He's nuts.


42 posted on 08/05/2005 11:34:59 AM PDT by RexBeach (Pardon me, but is that a malaise sandwich in your pocket or are you just glad to be in a funk?)
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To: Graymatter

This article makes the assumption that it was Novak the conservative against Carville the liberal, and you can't assume that. Novak is no conservative and Carville... he's more of a hard core Stalinist.


43 posted on 08/05/2005 11:37:05 AM PDT by johnb838 (In peace sons bury their fathers. In time of war, fathers bury their sons.)
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To: Sunshine Sister
I guess you can tell I don't watch much TV.

You have a blessed and special life.

44 posted on 08/05/2005 11:47:22 AM PDT by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: wagglebee

There's a good first-hand account about it by Dee-Dee Myers; you almost need to start at the question "One of the outgrowths of that was ..." for context:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/clinton/interviews/myers3.html


45 posted on 08/05/2005 11:50:53 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we are talking about.)
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To: wagglebee

" . . detailing how the conservative columnist exploded . ."

He didn't explode, Carl.

If he'd been any more polite he would have said, "Excuse me."


46 posted on 08/05/2005 11:52:21 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: lilylangtree

1994 vs 2005

Well, right off the bat...no Internet to fuel the media flames. To be fair...if we had the Internet in 1994, we'd be all over it.


48 posted on 08/05/2005 11:53:39 AM PDT by FerkFick
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To: Nukilar

Hi troll.
You've been here before.


49 posted on 08/05/2005 11:54:24 AM PDT by Darksheare ("Just because I have a paper heart, doesn't mean tearing it is okay." -The man with the candy face)
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To: hosepipe
Novak was making a point that Katherine Harris was getting the anti-Republican treatment by the media, and that maybe she could win, like Reagan did. Carville was interupting, and Novak told Carville to let him have his say. Carville then said something like, "Bob, you just have to prove youtself to your right wing fans like you did in that editorial." Novak got up and said, "this is B.S."

The moderator then implies, after the break, that Novak knew they were going to talk about Plame. Nothing said about the cheap shot Carville took while he was trying to change the subject of media bias.

50 posted on 08/05/2005 11:55:47 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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