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Political commentator Robert Novak dead at 78

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 2:10PM
Robert NovakThe TV talking head and former right side of CNN's political cluster#*$& Crossfire has passed away.

Robert Novak died Tuesday morning at the age of 78 from his bout with brain cancer.

The right-wing pundit was a journalist first as evidenced by his long stint in the ink stained world of newspaper reporting from his days as an Illinois sports stringer to his columns for the Chicago Sun-Times. But he's probably best remembered by audiences' eyeballs for his work as a TV pundit and his uncanny ability to make news as he reported it.

Novak, however indirectly, helped point the direction of television news into endless voids of left vs. right debate shows that died a quick and merciful death when Jon Stewart flipped out on Crossfire successors Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala for "hurting America."

To be fair, Novak could be just as fair as he could be fiery on controversial and personal political topics and played a perfect devil's advocate to raging Democratic cajun James Carville. If anything, he made the right side of the debate seem somewhat sane compared to other raging right-wingers on television, as evidenced by this early Crossfire debate over music lyrics with musician Frank Zappa, ranting Washington Times writer John Lofton and deafeningly quiet left side spectator Tom Braden.

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