Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Robert Novak 1931-2009
Robert Novak, one of the last old-time journalists, died yesterday after a year of fighting brain cancer. He said when he was diagnosed that he was retiring, but of course, he didn't -- couldn't. Novak was a conservative, although he was not ideological. But just the fact that he was not a liberal drone was enough to make him hated on the left, although he took Republicans to task just as he did democrats. The left called him the Prince of Darkness. He was an honest man. There are no honest liberals. If they were honest -- especially to themselves -- they would not be liberal. Although he wrote a column, he was a reporter. Unlike current journalists, he knew his job was to report the facts, not change the world. He put those facts in a column so he would be free of meddling liberal editors who like to spin the news to represent THEIR truth. His death represents the further death of journalism.