The Chicago Tribune reports that veteran columnist, author, and TV commentator Robert Novak has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He’s suspending his legendary journalistic work for the time being, but, he says, “God willing,” he’ll be back writing soon. Godspeed, Mr. Novak.
Novak has had a huge influence on my career. During a college conservative journalists’ confab, he urged us to seek metro newspaper jobs, pay our dues, and try to stay out of Washington for as long as possible. I took the advice to heart and left D.C. after a year as an intern at NBC to take my first newspaper job at the L.A. Daily News and then the Seattle Times. “Pundits” and “strategists” come and go, but Novak’s longevity is a tribute to–and result of–his newspaperman sensibilities and investigative chops. The MSM has always shortchanged the journalistic accomplishments of those on the Right. See, for example, how the AP sums up Novak’s career–mentioning only his role in the Valerie Plame case and the traffic accident he was involved in last week. Typical.
There will, of course, be gloating and death wishes on the nutroots side of the Internet aisle. Ignore it all.
Instead, I recommend Novak’s fascinating memoir of his 50 years of reporting in Washington. Get the story straight from the source. That’s Novak’s way.
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