Novak's Unorthodox Sourcing

Via The Huffington Post, it looks like Saturday’s Bob Novak column — which dropped a bomb onto the Democratic primary camapign by claiming that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has dirt on Barack Obama, but has chosen not to use it — was, shall we say, not well-sourced.

Mr. Novak took to Fox News this morning to defend the item, saying his source for the news was someone who was “told by an agent of the Clinton campaign.” Another source, he said, claimed to have heard the same thing.

Mr. Novak’s original column stated the rumor as fact. It began: “Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party’s presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it.”

We’ve put in a call to Mr. Novak to ask him about his unorthodox sourcing, and will let you know if we hear anything.