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Goodnight Prince
Campus Report ^ | August 18, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 08/18/2009 12:40:27 PM PDT by bs9021

Goodnight Prince

by: Malcolm A. Kline, August 18, 2009

It contains more useful information than any journalism textbook we have seen but don’t expect legendary reporter Robert Novak’s memoirs to become required reading in communications classes anytime soon. “I was too much of a right winger for most of America’s institutions,” Novak wrote in said memoir, The Prince of Darkness.

“Always love your country—but never trust your government!” Novak used to tell college students.

“That should not be misunderstood,” he explained. “I am not advocating civil disobedience, much less insurrection or rebellion.”

“What I am [italics in original] advocating is to not expect too much from government and be wary of its power, even the power of a democratic government in a free country.” Practicing what he preached, Novak, who passed away this morning, questioned authority no matter which political party was in power, in columns, books, speeches and television appearances.

University of Missouri professor Geneva Overholser blasted Novak in a New York Times op-ed for his alleged “ethical lapses” in “revealing” the CIA employment of Valerie Plame in his story on her career diplomat husband’s ties to the Democratic Party and dispute of President Bush’s famous State of the Union assertion that “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

“I met Overholser for the first time a year after the op-ed piece,” Novak recalled. “It was about eleven thirty p. m. on Saturday March 12, 2005, at the Capitol Hilton, shortly after the annual white-tie dinner of the Gridiron Club had ended, as after-dinner drinking began.” ...

(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: bobnovak; bookreview; princeofdarkness; robertnovak

1 posted on 08/18/2009 12:40:28 PM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021

Good night sweet Prince. May flights of sngels sing thee to thy rest....


2 posted on 08/18/2009 12:45:01 PM PDT by the long march
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To: bs9021
University of Missouri professor Geneva Overholser blasted Novak in a New York Times op-ed for his alleged “ethical lapses” in “revealing” the CIA employment of Valerie Plame

The writer forgets to mention the fact that CIA confirmed her employment to him. If CIA outs you to some reporter calling on the telephone, you are not covert.

3 posted on 08/18/2009 12:55:10 PM PDT by marron
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To: bs9021
Always love your country—but never trust your government

I have a new tag line.

4 posted on 08/18/2009 3:13:28 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Always love your country¬óbut never trust your government--Robert Novak)
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To: sharkhawk

Me too


5 posted on 08/20/2009 2:56:38 PM PDT by murdoog ("Always love your country¬óbut never trust your government" Robert Novak)
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