August 04, 2005

Novak to Carville on CNN's Inside Politics: "I think that's bullshit..."

While talking with James Carville and guest host Ed Henry, CNN's Bob Novak (supposedly the source of the Plame leak) got mad, got up and stormed off in a huff.

Novak was talking about Florida Senatorial candidate Katherine Harris; Carville kept interrupting and wouldn't let Novak get a word in edgewise, finishing with a comment about Novak getting tough for the editorial pages.

Novak's response was a bit more "colorful."

NOVAK: "Well, I think that's bullshit..."
Novak got up, pulled his microphone off and stormed out in a huff.

After Novak's departure, Henry said that he was planning on asking Novak about the CIA leak, but that would have to wait until another time.

Media Matters has video of the exchange with a suitably snarky dig at Novak.

UPDATE 9P ET: CNN has suspended Novak indefinitely as a result of the outburst and walk-off.

A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable." Novak apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers, she said.

"We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off," she said.

No word from Novak this evening.
(More coverage at Think Progress, The Dead Pool & others)

Posted by mhking at August 4, 2005 06:38 PM | TrackBack

I missed this one, Mike, thanks for the info. Although, Carville is enough to drive anyone away. He looks like he should be perched atop some old European castle.

Posted by: BobG at August 4, 2005 07:58 PM

I'm surprised that someone hasn't called James out earlier.

Ragin' is right.

Posted by: Steven J. Kelso Sr. at August 4, 2005 08:00 PM

If you are in D.C. and happen to get in the way of Novak when he is driving, you will call him Ragin' as well, if not insane.

Posted by: DarkStar at August 4, 2005 09:50 PM

Novak's behavior was unprofessional and I would feel the same way if Carville had cursed on air. Appropriate behavior is not a liberal or conservative thing, nor is it political correctness either. No matter how you cut it, Novak behaved unprofessionally. Sure, Carville can be annoying as hell, but so can Novak at times. Being an asshole is not exclusive to the right or the left....assholes reside in both red and blue states.

Posted by: B.P. at August 5, 2005 02:20 PM

Yea, I could wave as I drove past him. I'm sure that I was the fastest running around I-495 myself a few times.

Posted by: Steven J. Kelso Sr. at August 8, 2005 08:31 PM
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