Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Has Brain Tumor

Robert Novak, the conservative syndicated Chicago Sun-Times columnist announced today that “he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor but says that, “God willing,” he plans to be back at work soon.” Sad news...

Novak said he was diagnosed Sunday with a tumor and will soon begin treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

He issued the following statement:

“On Sunday, July 27, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I have been admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where doctors will soon begin appropriate treatment. “I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period.”

The Chicago Sun Times reports that according to Novak’s assistant Kathlenn Connolly, “Novak is alert and talking — he wrote the statement announcing his illness — but in intensive care, where the hospital does not allow phone calls or flowers.”

“He’s talking,” Connolly said. “He seemed fine.”

The diagnosis was sudden. Novak became ill Sunday during a family outing near Cape Cod, Mass. A family member called 911, and he was brought by ambulance to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where the diagnosis was made.

It’s too early to know whether the tumor is malignant or benign, his assistant said.

“They haven’t even done the biopsy yet,” Connolly said.

That’s to be done later today, she said.

Novak and his wife had gone to Massachusetts to visit his daughter at the shore.

“They flew up Saturday to spend a few days with his daughter and her family,” Connolly said.

Last Wednesday, Novak, 77, was involved in an accident in Washington, D.C. where he struck a pedestrian “while driving his Chevrolet Corvette.” 

The man he struck suffered minor injuries, according to the Associated Press. Novak was issued a $50 citation.

Asked whether the accident might have been linked to the columnist’s medical condition, Novak’s reporter, Charlie Spiering, said today, “It’s really too early to tell.”

Politics aside (and they should be at a time like this), I will take the high road as Josh Marshall has and reiterate what Josh said, “We wish him the very best.”

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9 Responses to Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Has Brain Tumor

  1.  Positive thoughts for the best of out comes ! Not so sure it’s safe for him to be driving anymore.

  2. coldH2Owi says:

    Why,o, why should we be sending any positive thoughts towards this evil man?  He is beneath contempt.  Karma is a bitch.

  3. David Larkin says:

    In typical Liberal fashion, it is okay for you to slander and wish evil upon conservatives. Yet in your own guidelines for posting comments you would not allow the same types of comments toward your party. Liberal Ideology = “Freedom of speech, unless you are a conservative or disagree with our views.”It’s a sad commentary on the state of the country when you liberals rejoice in the suffering of others. I fully disagree with everything that Ted Kennedy stands for but I am sad for his condition and sufferings.Of course this comment does not conform to your liberal guerilla tactics so I’m sure no one will ever see this comment.David

  4. Kelly says:

    I think you should be commending for taking the high road in reporting this unfortunate event. Love him or hate him Robert Novak is an icon in the political news reporting arena and all my best wishes go to him and his family. I wish I could say the same for some of the sicko losers who have posted otherwise on this forum.

  5. David Larkin

    I have no clue what you are babbling about.

  6. schizoidman says:


    It’ s not the ‘high road’. It’s the ONLY road.
    The only road open to human beings, that is.
    Why must everything be reduced to politics?

    And of course, you HAD to write ‘conservative columnist’,
    instead of ‘columnist’. High road? Hardly.

    Is your life that shallow that you define life, death, and everything
    in between by its relation to a political party?
    Good grief. What a waste of a life. I hope you wake up someday.

    Good luck.

  7. schizoidman says:

    David, your comments are crystal clear.
    Don’t try to understand liberals like Pamela or the poster who rejoiced in another’s pain and pretending to grasp what the concept of karma is, as if that person were somehow privy to the innermost thoughts and deeds of Mr. Novak.

    People like them, all too often liberals who cry out that we as a nation don’t ‘care’ enough, ironically are the very ones who lack any compassion for anyone but their own power. They are obsessed with power. Anyone who threatens their point of view, which is their only real power, is ‘evil’ in their minds.

    (On a humorous note, I laugh when I hear liberals use that word, ‘evil’, since they screamed
    bloody murder when Bush called the terrorists ‘evil-doers’ at 9/11. And went ballistic with the phrase ‘Axis of Evil’. Oh, the humanity! Haha. )

    Back to the point, when someone can rejoice at another’s pain, it shows they have fallen
    so low in their own lives that nothing can help them. Only when they are at death’s door, and of course they will be someday – foolishly
    they forget this fact – only then will they realize that the only one who is concerned over their passing is themselves. What a lonely moment that will be. They will be like an ant crawling across the face of the moon. I don’t feel anger for them, nor should you. Pity them.
    And hope they come to their senses before then. Hope, but don’t count on it. But hope, anyway.

  8. schizoidman

    Good grief yourself. Novak is no doubt quite proud of his conservative leanings. If you read this blog on a regular basis you would find that I always take the high road on stuff like this, and just about everything else. I’m not an inflammatory ranting blogger. So, thanks for sharing. I know all about loss and grief — I’ve had more than my share. Oh, and FYI, I spend the better part of my day and my life out of the poltical realm — and thank goodness for that.  

  9. schizoidman

    One wasn’t enough? Thank you for sharing.