August 20, 2009, - 12:05 pm

Et Tu, Front Page Mag?: Site That Preaches Against Jihad Whitewashes Jihadi Comrade Robert Novak; More Right-Wing Whitewashing

By Debbie Schlussel


This morning, rightfully outraged reader “I Am Me” sent me a link to the Front Page Mag lead article gushing over the late anti-Semite and HAMAS-nik Robert Novak.  It is no less than thoroughly disgusting. Not to mention, revisionist history extraordinaire.



Normally, FPM–David Horowitz’s outfit–is right on the money in the fight against jihad and Islam’s attempted usurpation and elimination of our freedoms.  But with this nauseating, lying article, by FPM Managing Editor Jacob Laksin (who calls this jihad-enabling liar, Novak. a “superb journalist”), they have given up all moral high-ground on this issue.

Never again can FPM be taken seriously when it criticizes the likes of Jimmy Carter, Cynthia McKinney, and sundry others (including Barack Obama) for reaching out to and praising HAMAS.  Because FPM’s newly-anointed late hero, Robert Novak did the same, and they’ve chosen to look the other way because he’s “our anti-Semite, our pan-jihadist.”

FPM really ought to be ashamed of Jacob Laksin’s complete whitewash of Novak.  It is no less than sickening.  The article is simply an outrage.  Once again, I must repeat that the Bob Novak death has been revealing and ever-illuminating.  It’s shown that the right—and now, FPM—has tolerance for the same anti-Semitism, Israel-hatred, and support for HAMAS in its “own” that it—including FPM—constantly decries in the left.

Laksin says it’s unfair to lump Novak in the group of anti-Semites and Jew-haters, but gives no reason, other than claiming Novak “dismissed” extremists.  He did?  When?  He was one.  This BS somehow erases his life’s work of speaking on behalf of HAMAS, Hezbollah, and Arafat, and promoting them shamelessly?  Pat Buchanan decries “extremists” all the time, too.  That makes him no less a pan-Nazi who looks good in brown.  Laksin, while mentioning Novak’s column just two days after 9/11–a column we cited here, yesterday, as did Sultan Knish–mostly ignores the column’s contents.  Unlike what Laksin claims, Novak didn’t just blame America’s relationship with Israel for the 9/11 attacks, he implied that Israel was BEHIND the attacks (a sentiment he didn’t just imply on 9/11 on TV, but openly embraced).  And, as we noted, Novak said—the first to do so in print—that 9/11 was “an inside job.”  Yes, he is the father of 9/11 Trutherism, something Laksin chose to ignore.

Tell FPM’s editors to ask themselves–with everything they decry on the left in Jew-hatred and Israel-hatred–how on earth they can run such a lamentation over Novak with a straight face.  Will they do the same when Pat Buchanan dies?  Why not?  He’s basically Robert Novak’s twin.

The next time you read FPM and they attack those on the left for embracing jihadists and their enablers, point this out to FPM:

But you embraced HAMAS and Hezbollah spokesman Robert Novak.

Sadly, hypocrisy knows no ideological bounds.  Nor does Jew-hatred and its enablers and whitewashers.

Despite what they say, the left has no monopoly on this.

****  UPDATE:  Looks like there’s more whitewashing of Novak’s pan-jihadism on the right.  I just got this e-mail from reader Gwen:

FYI everytime I post something on Townhall or American Spectator about Novak’s anti-Semitism it gets deleted.  My posts are polite and I just state facts.  Very strange.

Actually, there’s, sadly, nothing strange about it. When it comes down to it, the right has displayed that it is just as orthodox in its intolerance for the truth as the left is. And just as hypocritical.

Like I said, Bob Novak’s passing has been VERY enlightening.

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I just checked out the article about Novak in FPM. It only has one reference to Israel and the word “Jew” was not mentioned a single time. WTF?

In fact, in the article, it states:

“It was not entirely fair to lump Novak, as some on the Right did, with the more anti-Semitic and anti-American strain of paleo-conservatism – not least because Novak himself repudiated these “ideological extremists.” ”

Not fair? What BS.

Jarhead on August 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Good for you, Debbie. I have only read a couple of conservative writers who have mentioned Novak’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic screeds, not to mention his 9/11 garbage.

It seems that if one is a conservative, albeit an anti-Semite, one gets a pass.

Gerry on August 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

One of Novice slip in showing his anti-Semitism instead of just pretending he was anti-Israel. Was in a Capital Gang debate.

He called the SS unit that John Malchase David Shalikashvili (former Joint Chief of Staff) father fought for as just dealing with dangerous communist guerilla.

Al Hunt said it was basically BS but did not have the gut to say that this illustrates Novak anti-Semitism.

Of course Novak never reaction was that the Jew should never defend themselves. He never had any problem with USA using preemption against Cuba or other Commie regimes.

madman on August 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm

You may want to include Robert Kudlow on National Review into that list. Of course he converted which according to Ann Culter makes him more perfect.

Kudlow is generally good on Isreal.

madman on August 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Tell it like it is Debbie. Even in the blog “Critical Politics” by John Beagle He said”Today, with the passing of Robert Novak, I am reminded that he, Novak was the Reagan of Journalism”. More conservative BS.

Terry on August 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm


I ran over to FrontPage but was beaten by Gamal.

His post:
Washington is a brighter place without him. See what Debbie Schlussel, Diana West and Sultan Knish have written in the links below. I’m astonished that Frontpage Magazine is publishing this crap.

Sign me: Upstaged by Gamal!

goldenmike4393 on August 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

At least Commentary has finally questioned Novak’s position on Israel

SK: Yes, but the operant word is “finally.” Editor John Podhoretz praised Novak and said, basically, yes, he was anti-Israel and hated Jews, but he was a fine guy and I’ll miss him. I’m sure this latest comment against Novak is only in response to hatemail to Podhoretz’s outrageous tribute to this Jew-hater. Commentary has sunk very low from the great magazine it once was. It’s definitely jumped the shark. DS

Sultan Knish on August 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Yesterday’s New York Post published a tribute to Novak, whose column ran in the NYP for a number of years. In the tribute, it was mentioned that Novak had “unsmiling pessimism about the prospects for America and Western civilization.” Nowhere, however, did the article mention his support of anti-Western, anti-American groups such as Hamas or Hezbollah, and the PLO. I wrote a letter to the Post decrying the omission of all of this, and the irrationality of his support of the aforementioned, which was motivated, presumably, by his deep-seated and overweening antisemism. Rot in hell, Novak, you self-hating hypocrite.

commonsense on August 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I sent in a letter to the NY Post about Novak’s naked Jew-hatred. Let’s see if it gets published. They have published my letters on this subject in the past.

    JulieJ on August 21, 2009 at 11:49 am

Its been very enlightening about how dear the Right holds principle and the truth. It can be as selective about them as the Left. No doubt, we’ll see similar praise for Pat Buchanan when he passes on, too. I don’t expect the Right’s leading lights to ever comprehend their hypocrisy and their lack of regard for Jews. No wonder it hasn’t been able to win them over.

NormanF on August 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm

We’ll tolerate evil if its one of our own. I always thought that in matters of right and wrong one is never partisan. Silly me.

NormanF on August 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I don’t find this particularly enlightening. Conservatives are every bit as hypocritical as liberals. Deb, you’ve been pointing this out for years regarding people like Sean Hannity. I guess you didn’t realize it was as widespread as you originally thought.

I certainly want to thank you for the heads-up about Front Page Magazine. I left a note on their comment section.

I realize that we often have to tolerate other people’s imperfections. Bob Novak was so over-the-top in his hatred of Israel and its Jewish supporters here in America there is no way to put it in perspective or balance. He was an enemy of the Jewish people and there’s no seeking a balanced perspective.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I have had some ups and down in my reactions to the writings of David Horowitz, but less so until now to other articles on Frontpage.
Sometimes Horowitz has seemed to be following some other agenda….(other than the truth – Did I just say that out loud?)
Thanks Debbie for having the courage to report the facts.
Honesty seems to be in short supply these days!

crazycatkid on August 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Add Emmett Tyrell to that group and Larry Kudlow! Kudlow converted out – I believe because of his drug addiction he needed religion to replace it. He was befriended by a Catholic priest who gave him the Nww Testament (nobody apparently told him to examine Judaism). However, Kudlow does not display hatred towards Jews, Judaism and Israel – Novak does. Also add William Bennett who has chosen to ignore Novak’s hatred towards Israel. My opinion of Kudlow, Tyrell, et al. has fallen drastically. Also, note the hypocrites on Free Republic who are praising Novak ONLY BECAUSE HE BECAME A CATHOLIC!!!!!

    JulieJ on August 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I sent in several emails regarding Emmett Terell’s praising of Novak on Town Hall and also to Larry Kudlow’s op ed on Novak. In both posts I mentioned Novak’s unabiding hatred towards Israel, Jews and Judaism. The impression I am getting is that if you become a Catholic, your worst characteristics are forgiven. This is similar to the attitude that some people displayed with Jewish children were baptized and kidnaped. (“Oh, yes, the Jewish child was kidnaped and that is bad, but we did baptize him, so in a way it is ok so we can look the other way.”. Disgusting hypocrisy from people who should know better. I will never trust certain writers again.

JulieJ on August 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

There is the attitude among Christians that a man’s sins are forgiven at death. That’s not a view Jews hold. If Debbie was Catholic, she’d probably look at it differently. People’s views about Novak like it or not, are colored by their religious background. That’s not excusing him. That’s explaining why so many people are inclined to give such a despicable man a pass.

NF: I doubt they’ll forgive Jimmy Carter’s sins at death. They are hypocrites, not principled religious followers. DS

NormanF on August 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Ms. Schlussel: Leaving aside for the moment the problematic articles written about Novak by Jewish writers in FPM and Commentary, it occurs to me that the lion’s share of the favorable articles, eulogies, etc about the passing of Novak were written by his fellow Roman Catholics: e.g., Ann Coulter, Ed Morrissey, Gateway Pundit, Bill Bennett, Michelle Malkin, Larry Kudlow, Emmett Tyrell — each of whom is Roman Catholic. While there are, of course, plenty of Protestants who don’t care for Israel or the Jews, there are many Protestants (evangelicals) who strongly support Israel and the Jews — and who see the Jews as the rightful occupants and rulers of Israel. The Roman Catholic Church, historically, has not supported Israel. When Herzl was attempting to establish a land for the Jews in Palestine, he paid a personal visit to the pope of his day for support and assistance, who turned him down. To this day, the Vatican sees herself as the rightful ruler of Jerusalem as “the Holy City,” and her Bishops in the Middle East are generally Arabs who are hostile to Israel. While there are numerous Roman Catholics who support Israel and the Jews, there is an official coolness toward the State of Israel emanating from the authorities in Rome. This explains, in part, the different attitude toward Novak on the part of a number of conservative Roman Catholics.

man_in_tx on August 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Ann Coulter is a Protestant. She is pro Israel but she occasionally makes digs at Jews that I, a conservative Jew, don’t appreciate. It is one thing if I criticize my own – it is another for her to do it. Yes, I get defensive sometimes . . .

    J: I know Ann. And she is a Catholic. She told me so, herself. DS

    JulieJ on August 21, 2009 at 11:52 am

      I sincerely don’t think Anne has any hostility towards Jews at all. I saw the perfecting Jews routine… I didn’t agree, but I would like to help her become a better supporter of G-d. we can perfect Anne too.

      Noah David Simon on June 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

      ….not sure.

      Noah David Simon on June 20, 2010 at 12:57 am

Good points, man. There is the natural human tendency to defend one’s own and overlook their deficiencies. People don’t want to speak ill of the dead. Usually that’s a sentiment I agree with but not here. Its wrong to whitewash evil and portray a bigot as a saint.

NormanF on August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am

After a period of silence Joseph Farah has published “Novak: The last real journalist?” which upholds Novak as a model for others to follow.

The nearest he comes to criticism is

“I didn’t know Novak well. And I certainly did not always agree with him. He was a little on the brusque side. He was not easy to know.
But, in my limited experience with him, I found him to be a perfect gentleman driven in the pursuit of truth”

Farah asks “What set apart the late Robert Novak from the rest? ” but never pursues that truth himself.

SG: Joseph Farah is a hack, a fraud, and not pro-Israel, despite what people may want to think. He is a venal phony, who is currently covering up the fact that his Israel bureau chief, Aaron Klein, is flamingly gay and not the Orthodox Jew he claims he is, because the guy is the only one making WND any money . . . by stealing the work of others (me and many others) and fabricating stories. DS

sg on August 21, 2009 at 3:47 am

    woah… DS really? flaming? Aaron Klein? let me know when he comes to NY. bet I can prove that one easy.

    Noah David Simon on June 20, 2010 at 12:46 am

I just realized that faith may be constant but politics is all about expediency. Debbie’s right, the conservative reaction showed the latter on display in its rawest form this week. That same expediency will drive their criticism of Carter just as it drove their whitewashing of Novak.

NormanF on August 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

Ann Coulter goes to a Protestant church in NYC. She studied Catholicism but never converted. I know people who know the priest she was studying with. She is too “into doing her own thing” to convert. She publicly wears a large cross but I think it is more to show defiance towards atheists and libs who hate Christianity – and Judaism also. I wear a Star of David although I am not very practicing and it is probably in part to be in people’s faces and to make a statement – “I am Jewis and if you don’t like it, too bad!)

J: She told me in an e-mail to me that she is Catholic. DS

JulieJ. on August 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I’ve noted with some curiosity that very many of the same “conservatives” that you are characterizing as anti-semitic and anti-Israel have also been vehemently opposed to Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism. Catholic conservatives in particular have always been particularly vehement on this subject, going way back to Whittiker Chambers’ viciously dishonest review of Atlas Shrugged in National Review.

They’ve had plenty of other reasons for their hatred of Ayn Rand of course but it may or it may not have been coincedental that she was always staunchly pro-Israel (as most Objectivists continue to be today, even if they are of course not religious, as I am not).

Also, don’t confuse Objectivism with “libertarianism”, particularly of the Ron Paul variety. Ayn Rand had no patience with them either, well before Paul came on the scene. I’ve had as many if not more arguments with these self-described “libertarians” on the subject of Israel as I’ve had with pro-Arab leftists.

I was disturbed to hear of Debbie’s accusations against Whole Foods – which btw I found out about through a supportive link on Michelle Malkin’s Facebook page. I’d like to give Whole Foods the benefit of the doubt pending further evidence – especially now while they are facing the wrath of left wing boycott thugs. But if Debbie is correct on this subject, I completely agree with her.

In the meantime my best wishes for your efforts.

FW: You are so typical, wanting to give Whole Foods “the benefit of the doubt” when it’s clear they support anti-Israel, anti-Semitic radio propaganda and sell terrorist olive oil, just because of a temporary, spotty lefty boycott.

And please don’t be so naive. Michelle Malkin did NOT post that link. The Jewish guy she pays to run her FB fan page did. And he was afraid she would remove it when she discovered it. On her website, where her true non-critical thinking stuff appears, she remains strongly behind supporting pan-jihadist Whole Foods, just as she strongly supported pan-jihadists Robert Novak, Darrell Issa, and Henry Hyde. DS

Fred Weiss on August 23, 2009 at 3:03 am

    The Shallow Right can’t see the entire picture. They pick up only the points that interest them and they dismiss the rest. The parable that fits them is the one about the blind men trying to figure out the elephant. What they see they usually get wrong because to them the context is unimportant. And it matters. If you can’t comprehend what is posted on this site, do us all a favor and remain mercifully silent. Reading is indeed fundamental for people who can think. That’s why G-d gave us brains in the first place!

    NormanF on August 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Just by way of a quick P.S. to my previous post, you might find it of interest that the current head of the Ayn Rand Institute (Yaron Brook), before coming to the United States, was an officer in the Israeli Army. Since he has been appearing frequently in recent months, some of you may have seen him on Glenn Beck, CNBC, or PJTV.

Fred Weiss on August 23, 2009 at 3:11 am

Yeterday, Liz Trotta was praising Novak on Eric Shawn’s program. I guess it is birds of a feather . . . as for Coulter’s religion, when I was at a NJ Right to Life dinner two years ago, she, I and a lonely Baptist were the only ones who did not make the sign of the cross when a priest gave the blessing. These dinners are supposed to be ecumenical and promote the RTL cause among as many people as possible but they turn into Catholic events. (This is an aside).

J: Read her column on Ron Silver. She talks about taking him to her church and having communion. DS

JulieJ. on August 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

This is silly quibbling but Protestant denominations take “communion” also and are not as strict as Catholics on who can “partake”. At an Epicopal funeral I attended, the rather liberal priest stated that “any believer in G_d can take communion” – and one very liberal Jew did (not me – I am not liberal and I would not take the wafer since I don’t believe in it.) As for the late Ron Silver, whom I admire, I think Coulter was “working on him” but I doubt he converted out. In fact, I did not appreciate the digs at Jews that were in that particular colum and I stated on another site that I am one Jew who wished Ron Silver well and prayed for his recovery.

I agree. That Coulter column was beyond the pale. Outrageous and definitely anti-Semitic. DS

JulieJ. on August 24, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    depressing… what is this crap with Communion and Ron Silver. Really? He was my hero. He must of had some serious stress after 911 that he had to brown nose a religion he wasn’t. please correct me if I am wrong… because I think I misunderstood… did I?

    Noah David Simon on June 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

Jews in this country are subjected to enormous pressure to assimilate, to blend in and yes – to convert. Those who succumb like Novak, end up hating themselves and their own people. The late Ron Silver reminds me of my late beloved father. He was asked too to stop being a Jew but he never could take that step even though he was frum. He lived and died as a Jew in America. Standing up for one’s beliefs and one’s people matters and that is a lesson I have taken with me for the rest of my life.

NormanF on August 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm

You are fantastic! You are facts, facts, facts!
Mike L (CA)

Mike on October 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

You’re spot on Debbie. By the way, the same people who glorified the dirtbag Novak treat Jew hater Pat Buchanan with great reverence. It’s really sickening and makes one wonder about the moral compass of many conservatives.

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