Charlie Rose interview of Robert Novak
Robert Novak tells it like it is, once again.
CHARLIE ROSE: Is it hard for a journalist to criticize Israel?
ROBERT NOVAK: Well, you suffer if you do. I think.
CHARLIE ROSE: Have you suffered?
ROBERT NOVAK: Oh, yes.
CHARLIE ROSE: How have you suffered?
ROBERT NOVAK: I lost papers because of it. Advertisers dropped their—threatened newspapers. They did drop the Evans and Novak column that—
CHARLIE ROSE: But the Evans and Novak column is history. I`m talking about today, today.
ROBERT NOVAK: But that is history. You say, is it hard to criticize Israel? Yes. And I have suffered because of it.
CHARLIE ROSE: Is that issue out in the open now more than it was?
ROBERT NOVAK: No. I think it`s still—
CHARLIE ROSE: The Israeli lobby has too much influence on American foreign policy?
ROBERT NOVAK: I think it [The Israeli Lobby]has a lot of influence.
CHARLIE ROSE: Too much?
ROBERT NOVAK: Yes, I felt it has too much, and I believe that the—the—that the—both parties now are so committed to trying to get the Jewish community in support—it`s a very small community in numbers, but large in financial support and influence—that it`s very hard to take these positions.
[Charlie Rose show, August 3, 2007]