May 18, 2003


THE WISDOM OF BOB NOVAK: "Terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia, which killed 34, including seven Americans, were followed by the U.S. government's revelation that the Saudi government had failed to heed warnings from President Bush's deputy national security adviser," went Mark Shields's conversation starter on yesterday's Capital Gang. The Gang went on to discuss whether the U.S. would or should "crack down on the Saudis," as Shields put it. Bob Novak offered these, shall we say, "creative" insights:

There has been a -- I would call it a conspiracy against the royal government of Saudi Arabia to just destabilize it that begins in Israel. The Israelis were in here with propaganda earlier this year, and there are people in the government who want to crack down on Saudi Arabia.... I think that the Saudis are getting a bum rap on this...

...And I just am appalled at the idea that so many of American conservatives are playing into the Israeli line that getting rid of the royal family is going to be helpful on terrorism.


This sort of thing is about par for the course for Novak, but I still think it's worth pointing out from time to time. CNN's most visable conservative commentator regularly invokes the kinds of anti-Zionist canards and wild conspiracy theories generally associated with other networks, such as al-Jazeera. If I had a seat on The Capital Gang, I think this would be my Outrage of the Week-- every week.

Posted by John Tabin at May 18, 2003 01:15 AM

I do not understand why a person who knowling outed a CIA agent is still employed by both CNN & the Washington Post!
Surely , there is at least one conservative who is both honorable & literate to take his place.

Posted by: Janice at August 2, 2004 11:26 AM