The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board published a tribute to the life of Robert Novak, a longtime conservative commentator. Novak was known for his political columns, but also did a couple of TV shows and wrote at least a couple of books later in his career.
The interesting thing about Novak – and I think what helped set him apart – is that he managed to be both a commentator and a reporter.
I don’t know that he would have used the term “journalist” to describe himself – his purpose was not to be objective, but rather persuasive – but his gathering and reporting of facts is something the conservative movement needs, and it added heft to his opinions.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Novak. Thank you for your contribution and your example.