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NEW YORK, Aug. 5 — Robert Novak, whose revelation of a CIA officer's name in a 2003 column has sparked a federal probe, was suspended by CNN after he swore and walked off the set during a live telecast of ''Inside Politics.''
CNN correspondent Ed Henry said afterward that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame's identity, which Novak has repeatedly refused to comment on aside from some references in his column.
The incident occurred Thursday as Novak and Democratic operative James Carville were handicapping the Senate candidacy of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.
''Let me just finish, James, please,'' Novak continued. ''I know you hate to hear me, but you have to.''
Carville, addressing the camera, said: ''He's got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why The Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough.''
''Well, I think that's bull---- and I hate that,'' Novak replied. ''Just let it go.''
As moderator Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.
A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called Novak's behavior ''inexcusable and unacceptable.'' Novak apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers, she said.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
He probably knew he would be questioned about it and used this as an excuse.