from Russ.

CNN boots the bloodsucking, CIA agent cover-blowing bastard. (Poynter Online):

“After 25 years of serving as a CNN commentator and program host, our colleague Bob Novak’s tenure on the network will come to a close (effective 12/31).”

Novak told The Hollywood Reporter that “it was a mutual agreement,” and that neither the Valerie Plame case nor the incident on the set had much to do with his departure. Right.

Last week Media Matters delivered a ton of letters to CNN’s office, asking them not to renew Novak’s contract. Guess someone over there got the message that the Prince of Darkness wasn’t worth the effort.

Media Matters for America delivered nearly 5,000 letters to CNN’s Washington Bureau today urging the network not to renew its contract with syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Robert D. Novak. Novak’s contract with CNN is reportedly set to expire in early 2006, but the controversial conservative pundit has not appeared on the channel since August 2005, when he was suspended after uttering an obscenity and storming off the set. In the two years since he exposed Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, as a CIA operative, Novak has made several contradictory statements regarding crucial issues in the case; the ongoing leak investigation has so far led to the indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

UPDATE: It looks like the undead will have his casket rolled into the Faux News building to join the rest of the journalistic rotting bodies (TVNewser):

As soon as Bob Novak’s contract with CNN runs out on Dec. 1, he will become a contributor to the Fox News Channel, the AP scoops. FNC spokesman Brian Lewis confirmed his signing with the network to David Bauder. “Novak said the switch to Fox had nothing to do with finding a more comfortable home for his views.”

“I don’t think that’s a factor,” Novak said. “In 25 years I was never censored by CNN and I said some fairly outrageous things and some very conservative things. I don’t want to give the impression that they were muzzling me and I had to go to a place that wouldn’t muzzle me.”

Pam Spaulding

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