Tributes, Reaction to Novak's Death Pour In

By: Joe Strupp Tributes have been pouring in and popping up at Web sites across the country for the late Robert Novak, who died Tuesday at 78 after a battle with brain cancer.

The longtime syndicated columnist who drew praise and criticism for his conservative approach was considered by many the most influential conservative columnist of his time.

The Chicago Sun-Times, where Novak launched his Washington-based column, has a mix of tributes, including a photo gallery. It also re-ran Novak's Sept. 7, 2008 column written after his cancer diagnosis.

Another photo gallery comes from The Washington Post. Check out their editorial, also.

The New York Times' online obit calls Novak "pugnacious" and, of course, by his famed "prince of darkness" nickname.

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift remembers "The Ultimate Insider Journalist."

Politico's Mike Allen and Michael Calderone pay tribute the "legendary Washington columnist who valued reporting over punditry."

The Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp" blog weighs in.

"I'm not going to claim to have been a big fan -- of his politics, I'll admit, but also of the style of TV confrontation he and others plied -- but I was a big watcher of his, for years," writes Time magazine TV critic James Poniewozik.

The Huffington Post chose to show one of Novak's less flattering moments, video
of when he walked off the set at CNN in 2005.

USA Today's "The Oval" blog recalls Novak as having opposed the war in Iraq, and therefore "would have been an odd water carrier for the Bush administration on that issue -- which he wasn't. Instead, he reported what he knew."


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