Kresta in the Afternoon – August 18, 2009 – Hour 2

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     Topic 1 – Memories of Robert Novak

    Robert D. Novak, 78, an influential columnist and panelist on TV news-discussion shows who called himself a "stirrer up of strife" on behalf of conservative causes, died today at his home in Washington of a brain tumor first diagnosed in July 2008.Mr. Novak's "Inside Report" syndicated column, shared for 30 years with the late Rowland Evans, was important reading for anyone who wanted to know what was happening in Washington. Mr. Novak and Evans broke stories about presidential politics, fiscal policy and intra-party feuds. Their journalism, which reported leaks from the highest sources of government, often had embarrassing consequences for politicians. We talk to Raymond Arroyo who worked for Bob Novak.

    Topic 2 - Robert Novak (1931-2009)

    Robert Novak passed away this morning after battling a brain tumor. The Catholic journalist was a centerpiece in Washington journalism and political reporting for 50 years. In his memoirs released in 2007, he cuts to the chase, beginning this memoir with his first in-person encounter with Joseph Wilson, in the green room of NBC's Meet the Press in 2003. Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, would eventually form the center of a major career-jeopardizing controversy for Novak, who was blunt in his immediate low opinion of the man. And that characteristic bluntness reigns throughout the book as he recalled 50 years of political reporting. We replay the interview Al did with Novak upon the release of his memoirs.

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