Conservative commentator Robert Novak, a fixture on CNN since 1980 – but not seen on the network since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network at year’s end.
Novak said today that he will join Fox News Channel as a contributor – because Fox needed more conservatives to be truly “fair and balanced.”
Novak’s announcement eliminates what the Associated Press called a “delicate problem” for CNN, which had been criticized for allowing Novak to remain on the air after his involvement in the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.
CNN clearly didn’t want to put Novak back on the air, let alone renew his contract.
Details like that don’t faze Novak, though. Like the conservatives he advocates for, Novak spun his pending departure.
“I’m sorry it ended that way, but I am confident if it hadn’t happened, that I would still be leaving CNN,” he said, in part because the network was marginalizing him, including canceling his long-running debate show, Crossfire.
This item first appeared at Journalists Against Bush’s B.S.