Roberk Novak dead at 78.

Journalist Robert Novak has died of brain cancer at the age of 78.

Columnist Robert Novak, one of Washington’s most well-known political commentators, has died after a battle with brain cancer.

He was 78.

Novak died early Tuesday morning at his home in Washington. He had been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for decades as well as a prominent television commentator.

In recent years, he was perhaps best-known for being the first to publish the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. He came under criticism from many for that column, which Novak said began “a long and difficult episode” in his career.

Novak retired back in August to put his energy into his treatment. He called the situation “dire” when he announce the retirement and I guess he was right. My sympathies to his family and friends for their loss.

Novak is best known to contemporary audiences – meaning those who started paying attention to the news in the last 5 years or so – for his involvement in the Plame issue. It’s been almost 3 years since the truth became known about how Novak found out about Valerie Plame and how wrong the Left was in accusing people for being Novak’s source. As I mentioned at the time, an apology is certainly owed for those wrongly accused. It would have been nice to have had that happened while Novak was still alive.