December 6, 2005 (Washington, DC) -Media Matters for America will deliver nearly 5,000 letters to the CNN Washington Bureau on Wednesday, December 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET calling for the network to not renew its contract with syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Robert D. Novak. Novak's CNN contract is reportedly set to expire in early 2006, but the controversial conservative pundit has not appeared on the channel since August 2005, when he was suspended after uttering an obscenity and storming off the set.
Novak has disclosed little about his involvement in the ongoing CIA leak investigation that has so far led to the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. But as Media Matters has documented, in the two years since Novak exposed Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, as a CIA operative, he has made several contradictory statements regarding crucial issues in the case. In addition, Novak has a long history of spreading conservative misinformation on CNN.
WHO: Media Matters for America
WHAT: Delivery of nearly 5,000 letters urging CNN not to renew Robert D. Novak's contract
WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: CNN Washington Bureau, 820 First St., NE, #1100 (Plaza outside the CNN building), Washington, D.C. 20002