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August 18, 2009

Former CNN Host and Columnist Robert Novak Dies

Posted: 04:42 PM ET

By Lynn Sweet via Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON — Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation's most influential journalists, who relished his "Prince of Darkness" public persona, died at home here early Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer.

"He was someone who loved being a journalist, loved journalism and loved his country and loved his family," Novak's wife Geraldine told the Chicago Sun-Times. art_novak_cnn

Novak was remembered by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as "a good friend and a fine reporter. We spent many hours talking about the ins and out of Washington and Chicago politics together, and I will miss his friendship greatly."

Former Commerce Secretary William Daley was also a friend of Novak. Daley told the Sun-Times, "Bob was a proud Illinoisan proud of his Joliet upbringing and the university which he graduated.

"He was a tough reporter who was a conservative who believed in reporting and analyzing the politicians and what they said. He loved the Sun-Times, with lots of friends there. Even though he had a rough reputation, he cared deeply about people who were not the powerful. His sources were a multitude of people from every political persuasion. I was proud to be one of them."

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Elouise   August 18th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

Very sad, He will be missed.


Cali MJ Fan   August 18th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

Terribly sad. My condolences to the Novak family. I enjoyed watching him very much. First Walter Cronkite, now Bob Novak. Sad sad time.


Charles Dahl   August 18th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE POWERS THAT BE :
URGING THE NFL TO REMOVE ROGER GOODELL
FROM HIS POSITION AS COMMISSIONER OF THE
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

REPULSED BY THE RECENT DECISION OF MR. GOODELL, IN REINSTATING MICHAEL VICK BACK INTO THE NFL, I URGE ALL THOSE IN POWER IN THE NFL TO GATHER THEIR FORCES TO IMMEDIATELY REMOVE MR. GOODELL FROM HIS MORALLY SUSPECT POSITION. IT APPEARS THAT MR. GOODELL’S MORAL COMPASS, IF HE EVER POSSESSED ONE, HAS BEEN HORRIBLY PULLED OFF ITS RIGHT-THINKING COURSE, BY THE CHAOTIC WINDS OF HIS SUSPECT NATURE.
JUST BECAUSE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS OH SO LENIENTLY DEALT MICHAEL VICK A PATHETIC SLAP ON THE WRIST, FOR BEING A WILLING PARTICIPANT IN THE SENSELESS MAIMING,TORTURE, AND MULTIPLE CRIPPLING AND KILLING OF DEFENSELESS ANIMALS; CAGING THEM IN CRAMPED CAGES IN THE MOST HORRIFYING CONDITIONS OF WEATHER AND ENVIRONMENT; ALL FOR THE ALL TOO SICK PURPOSE OF MAKING THEM FIGHT TO THE DEATH, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UNTIL THEY ARE DEAD OR REDUCED TO HELPLESS VICTIMS OF HIS OWN WHIMSICAL EXTERMINATION.
IF MR. GOODELL WOULD HAVE STICKED TO HIS JOB OF HELPING ADVANCE THE PLAY OF FOOTBALL, BY MAKING THE CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY OF DEFENSIVE INTERFERENCE CHALLENGABLE BY COACHES ON EITHER SIDE, INSTEAD OF ACTING AS AN INEPT SPECTATOR AND PLACATING THE MONEY MEN OF PRO FOOTBALL BY CHOOSING TO REINSTATE MICHAEL VICK,INSTEAD OF BANNING HIM OUT OF THE LEAGUE FOR LIFE; THEN MR. GOODELL WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF FOOTBALL HISTORY.
BUT SUCH IS NOT THE CASE. SO I URGE ALL ANIMAL LOVERS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD MORAL VALUES, TO BOYCOTT THE VIEWING OF ALL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL GAMES, AND GATHER YOUR FORCES, ONE IN ALL, FOR THE REMOVAL OF MR. ROGER GOODELL FROM THE OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

SINCERELY,
CHARLES DAHL A CARING CITIZEN AND PRO FOOTBALL FAN


louie   August 18th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

he converted to Catholicism...may he rest in peace & pass on to his many rewards !!,,


carol kesling   August 18th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

my thoughts & prayers are with his family.... i loved watching him on "capital gang", he will be missed........... god bless!!!


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