Monday, September 29, 2003


From Medianews:

From TERRY CARTER: The Robert Novak sourcing flap might get very interesting. Remember back when Oliver North testified before Congress in the Iran-Contra scandal. He told them, under oath, that the Reagan Administration he worked for was concerned about information being leaked out of that august legislative
body. Ollie gave the members some examples, including the leaked information about the 1985 interception of a plane carrying the the Achille Lauro hijackers. And a Newsweek magazine reporter had a problem with Ollie saying that because it had been the stand-up Oliver North himself who leaked it to Newsweek. After some navel gazing, the errant colonel was outed by Newsweek. Let the games begin.

Sounds about right to me.

And, AN Extra Bonus Novak Flashback:

From ADRIAN HAVILL: Robert Novak is, if anything, subjective when it comes to revealing sources. I recall that just two years ago Novak wrote a column boasting that FBI spy Robert Hanssen was a confidential source for at least one of his stories. This was after Hanssen was arrested but before any guilty plea that he made.

Today, on CNN's Crossfire Novak says that "as a professional journalist of 46 years, I never reveal my sources." Does this then make The Prince of Darkness the Prince of Hypocrisy as well?