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May 19, 2005

Hypocrisy Alert: Bob Novak, Look in the Mirror

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Washington, DC: In his syndicated opinion column, conservative commentator Robert Novak today lambasted Democratic National Committee Chair Gov. Howard Dean for "intemperate language" that "crosses a line." Novak just last weekend compared the possibility of Republicans in the US Senate reaching a compromise with Democrats on judicial nominees to "going to a concentration camp and picking out which people go to the death chamber;" Novak's over-the-top comments were condemned by the non-partisan Anti-Defamation League's National Director, Abraham Foxman, as "abhorrent," "deeply offensive and insensitive" (click for more).

Media Matters has reported that on CNN, Novak previously accused Democrats of opposing Bush judicial nominees because of the nominees' faith (click for more); Novak referred to Texas Democrats as "scumbags" (click for more); and Novak referred to Democrats as "so nasty" and Bush inauguration protesters as "a lot of punks and it's none of their business and it isn't free speech (sic)" (click for more).

"Robert Novak calling our Democratic Party leader's rhetoric 'intemperate' is the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black," said National Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Ira N. Forman. "Novak's rhetoric is not just intemperate; it's out of control. His most recent affront last weekend, when he compared the Senate's consideration of judicial nominees to the Holocaust, shows Novak's true colors and his apparent need to say the most offensive thing that comes to mind -- no matter what the consequences or how much pain is caused.

"If Novak wants to see a public figure 'crossing the line' and engaging in wholly inappropriate speech, all he needs to do is hold up a mirror," Forman added.