Novak suspended after walking off set

Wow … this is interesting.  Seems Novak and Carville got into an argument on the set of CNN’s "Inside Politics."  The Associated Press reports:

CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.

The live exchange during CNN’s "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida’s Senate campaign. CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was over that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer’s identity.

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.

A telephone message at Novak’s office was not immediately returned Thursday.

Carville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.

"Let me just finish, James, please," Novak continued. "I know you hate to hear me, but you have to."

Carville, addressing the camera, said: "He’s got to show these right wingers that he’s got a backbone, you know. It’s why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show ’em that you’re tough."

"Well, I think that’s bull—- and I hate that," Novak replied. "Just let it go."

As moderator Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.

Political Teen has the video.

So Carville was being even more of a jerk than usual and Novak could have handled himself better.  What’s your take?

More from around the blogosphere: Wizbang, Captain Ed, Michelle Malkin, La Shawn Barber, Ed Driscoll

John Cole:

Personally, this rates somewhere between Janet Jackson’s nipple and shark attacks on my indifference-o-meter. Novak is probably in a downtown hotel bar swilling single malt scotch, smoking an expensive cigar, and telling old stories, […]


8/5/05 3:12 pm update: Novak apologizes.  As he should have.  (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

An example of a traitor

George Galloway is an absolute disgrace:

MP George Galloway is being accused of putting UK troops at risk after calling insurgents in Iraq "martyrs".

During a tour of the Middle East, Mr Galloway spoke of "poor Iraqis" using the most basic weapons to write the names of their towns "in the stars".

The Respect MP accused the UK and America of "raping" Baghdad and said the US was losing the war.


In one speech, the MP said: "These poor Iraqis – ragged people, with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs, with the lightest and most basic of weapons – are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day, which has made the country ungovernable.

"We don’t know who they are, we don’t know their names, we never saw their faces, they don’t put up photographs of their martyrs, we don’t know the names of their leaders."

Mr Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party over his outspoken remarks about the Iraq war.

He told Syrian Television: "Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners – Jerusalem and Baghdad.

"The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will.

"The daughters are crying for help and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters." 

Shame on you, Mr. Galloway. 

Related ST posts can be found here, here, and here.

NYCLU to sue NY police department

Why?  Because:

The New York Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit today challenging the legality of the Police Department’s new policy of randomly searching bags and packages in the subway system.

The lawsuit, to be filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, contends that the searches are "virtually certain neither to catch any person trying to carry explosives into the subway nor to deter such an effort." It also says that many riders have been selected in a "discriminatory and arbitrary" manner, creating the potential for racial profiling.

So what they’re arguing is two things: 1) random searches in and of themselves are useless and 2) random searches create the potential of ‘racial profiling.’ That’s code for: searching people who fit the profile.  They don’t like that.

The policy:

Under the search policy, officers are to use an essentially random criterion – stopping every 5th, 12th or 20th passenger carrying a bag or package. Selecting riders on the basis of race or national origin is prohibited.

Some on the NY City Council yesterday asked the police department to start compiling figures on the race and ethnicity of riders who get searched so they can prove that one group is not being targeted over the other.   The spokesman for the police department, Paul J. Browne, said the police department plans to do no such thing.  Thankfully, the police department is focusing on doing what needs to be done (protecting the city) rather than wasting valuable time compiling stats in order to try and please the bureaucrats and the people who claim to care about your civil liberties.  Spurring on this request were comments by two bold NY state lawmakers:

One of those lawmakers, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat, said, "There is a terrorist profile for a potential suicide bomber, and it’s not the 75-year-old grandmother with sloping shoulders, who has an oversized tote bag firmly tucked under her arm."

The other lawmaker, Councilman James S. Oddo, a Republican who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, said, "Plain and simply, young Arab fundamentalists are the individuals undertaking these acts of terror," and added that he agreed with Mr. Hikind.

These guys are on the right track.  But not to politically correct bureaucrats like Councilman Robert Jackson, Manhattan Democrat who said:

[…] extremists came in all forms. "A bomber or terrorist could look like you or I." 

Oh really?  I don’t what news programs Councilman Jackson’s been watching over the years, but the 9-11 hijackers didn’t look like you or me, the first attackers of the WTC don’t look like you or me,  the London terrorists didn’t look like you or me, nor do the USS Cole terrorists,  nor do the Kenya and Tanzania terrorists.   I could go on and on.

If the NY police are profiling, good for them! My suggestion is for the city pencil pushers and the NYCLU to leave the NYPD alone rather than subject them to pointless demands for ‘proof’ that they aren’t  profiling.  There are people out there in this world who want to kill us.  To the PC crowd in NYC: please let the NYPD do their jobs in protecting us from those threats.

Afternoon update: La Shawn’s thoughts.