He swore and walked off set during a debate with James Carville
The Associated Press
Updated: 7:34 p.m. ET Aug. 4, 2005
NEW YORK – CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.
The exchange during CNNÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œInside EditionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â came during a discussion of FloridaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Senate campaign. But CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was through that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s identity.
A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called NovakÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s behavior ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œinexcusable and unacceptable.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Novak has apologized to CNN, and CNN apologizes to viewers, she said.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve asked Mr. Novak to take some time off,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â she said.
A telephone message at NovakÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s office was not immediately returned Thursday.
Carrville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œLet me just finish, James, please,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Novak continued. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI know you hate to hear me, but you have to.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Carville, addressing the camera, said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s got to show these right wingers that heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s got a backbone, you know. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢em that youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re tough.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWell, I think thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bull—- and I hate that,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Novak replied. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œJust let it go.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
As moderator Dan Harris stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.
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