Fireable Offenses: Race, Yes; Treason, No

Rush Limbaugh gets, in effect, fired by ESPN for going off the reservation with some ill-timed racial comments. Robert Novak, however, still plays the cartoon conservative on CNN’s “Crossfire” and “The Capital Gang” despite his despicable outing of a CIA operative.

Obviously some indiscretions are judged more harshly than others. Limbaugh was easily labeled a racist and had to go. Novak, however, was only guilty of selfishly putting an agent at risk and compromising the credibility and safety of all her contacts.

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