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)

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