Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation's most influential journalists, who relished his "Prince of Darkness" public persona, died at home here early Tuesday morning after a battle with brain cancer.In recent years, Novak was most well-known professionally for being the columnist who remorselessly outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, in what many suspect (but Novak denies) was collusion with GOP operative Karl Rove, in a repeat performance of a 1992 incident in which Rove was fired by the campaign of George H.W. Bush for leaking information to Novak.
"He was someone who loved being a journalist, loved journalism and loved his country and loved his family," Novak's wife, Geraldine, told the Sun-Times on Tuesday.
If Mr. Novak is right and I am wrong, and there is a god to meet him in an afterlife, may zie show Mr. Novak precisely as much compassion as he showed others during his lifetime.
[H/T to Space Cowboy.]