HURRY!!!!!! Only a few seats left!!!!! Bob Novak, the Prince of Darkness himself, is selling 85 seats to people willing to pay $595 for his access to Washington’s top decision-makers. An email invite from Novak went out this morning to Human Events’ mailing list offering a limited-time offer to sign up attend the three-decade-old “Evans-Novak Political Forum” and get access to “The Ultimate (Secret) Source.”
“This meeting is strictly off the record, and what is said there remains one of Washington’s best-kept secrets,” the email touts. At the forum “high-ranking officials openly discuss the most important topics facing the country, including national security, politics on the Hill, and the economy… You can ask them anything you want, and remarkably candid responses are given.”
While the website claims the event is on September 21st, the email says the 22nd. Either way, it’s at the University Club. Additional guests are a bargain at only $395.
Nothing quite like trading on access, right? Maybe this is that Faustian bargain that Mark Feldstein was talking about in yesterday’s Post. The email touts that such luminaries as Karl Rove himself have spoken at previous events.
Maybe for $595, we could learn how Novak is involved in this whole Rove leak investigation thing….
It seems, with all of the drama over sources and a reporter sitting in jail for a story that Novak wrote, that this is a particularly unpleasant and inappropriate time for anyone to be advertising such an event that mixes journalism with cash to result in access to national leaders–and particularly repulsive given that Novak himself is doing it.
Hence, our second awarding of a Stinky Fish award recognizing the worst journalism journalism has to offer. Think of the Stinky Fish as the Anti-Pulitzer.
So congrats Mr. Novak: Today, you officially stink.
[Full email invite, complete with misspelling of Bob Shrum, after the jump]