Bob Novak Moving to Fox News

Veteran Washington journalist Bob Novak will be taking his act to the Fox News Channel in the New Year.

FLASH: Bob Novak Becoming Fox News Channel “Contributor”

As soon as Bob Novak’s contract with CNN runs out on Dec. 31, 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.”

Brian as Mediabistro is suspicious:

The questions are obvious: Why didn’t Novak stay at CNN as a “contributor?” How often will Novak appear on FNC? How long has this been in the works? What are the odds that he’ll storm off a set?

I’m guessing Fox is paying him more money and/or giving him more air time? Novak’s old show, “Crossfire,” is off the air. Futher, CNN is a fading network in terms of audience share and Fox has become the dominant cable news channel. The move makes plenty of sense from Novak’s perspective.

I’m not sure, however, what Fox gains by adding Novak to the fold. They already have a large stable of conservative commentators. And, frankly, Novak’s “prince of darkness” routine got tiresome twenty years ago. He has always been a much better writer than television personality.

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Comments

  1. Barney says:

    Thank goodness he has rejected those liberal boneheads at CNN.

    Bob Novak is probably the most revered and esteemed journalist working in the United States today. His profile will certainly elevate FOX’s reputation as the most trustworthy news gathering operations. HIs penetrating analysis should be welcomed.

  2. Mark says:

    Reading further, there was not much for Novak to do at CNN, anyway. Crossfire, Capital Gang, and the Novak/Hunt/Shields shows were cancelled, so my guess is he was sitting in his office tiddling his thumbs. I could see him as an occasional panelist on Brit Hume’s show or Fox News Sunday. Maybe even as a Hannity sub on Hannity & Colmes.

  3. Interesting. Arguably an old-guard conservative, he’ll be a change from the predominantly neocons currently dominating Fox.

    Still, you’re right James, this might not do much for the “fair and balanced-NOT” critics of FNC… they’ll just cry more of the same. Need to get Juan Williams, Gerry (Gag Me) Ferraro, and even Alan Colmes some more airtime (HAH, to make their politics seem even more irrelvant).

  4. RA says:

    There is no doubt that Novak is a conservative on most issue. The difference between him and most of the MSM is not ideology (even though the MSM is far left). The difference is Robert Novak was an equal opportunity knife thrower. He attacked conservatives and liberals alike. Unlike the MSM that mercilessly attack conservatives and give softball passes to liberals.

    I think Novak is already “fair and balanced”. He will fit in well at FOX.

    As for the neh sayers about FOX, you are only fair and balanced if:
    1. You always give Democratic talking points without question or comment.
    2. You always challenge Republican talking points, especially with groundless claims and innuendo.
    3. You never question the integrety of the MSM regardless of how biased they are.
    4. You give much greater percentages of coverage to liberal causes.
    5. You always give anti-American, anti-Iraqi news the lead story and never tell anyone anything good about Republicans or the war on terror.

    “Fair and balanced” the MSM and their supporters are NOT!

  5. Anderson says:

    Bob Novak is probably the most revered and esteemed journalist working in the United States today. His profile will certainly elevate FOX’s reputation as the most trustworthy news gathering operations. HIs penetrating analysis should be welcomed.

    Come on dude, you’ve got to be trolling.

  6. Ginifer says:

    Oh please, Bob Novak should have been retired long ago. He’s a rambling old fool and puts his foot into his mouth whenever he speaks.