WASHINGTON – Accuracy in Media (AIM) editor Cliff Kincaid said today that CNN suspended the wrong man when conservative commentator Robert Novak walked off a network show and was told not to return for an indefinite period of time.
“CNN’s suspension of Novak was a dramatic over-reaction to the conservative commentator’s justifiable disgust over CNN giving too much air-time to liberal partisan James Carville,” said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. “It is wrong for CNN to pair Novak, who has been a respected independent journalist for decades, with Carville, who functions as a professional apologist for the Democratic Party. When Carville attacked Novak’s credibility on the air, it was understandable why Novak walked off the set. But Novak was wrong to use bad language and correct to issue an apology for it.”
A transcript of the exchange between Novak and Carville shows that the Democratic Party operative interrupted Novak and accused him of saying things just to please “right-wingers.” Novak had politely asked Carville for time to make a point before getting exasperated and saying, “Just let it go.” He then walked off.
Kincaid said, “Carville resorted to a personal attack. It wasn’t funny and it wasn’t proper. Carville should apologize to Novak.”
Kincaid said that CNN’s already low-rated shows would suffer even more without Novak, the network’s most visible conservative, on the air.
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