CNN fired Rick Sanchez last week following a rant the now former CNN anchor made on a radio show, when he wondered if Jews are truly favored more in the media. After calling comedian Jon Stewart a bigot, Mr. Sanchez said, “Everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”
Mr. Sanchez went on to talk about his own career envy of Mr. Stewart, and explained how Latinos are continually portrayed in a negative light in the media, so, in effect, as far he was concerned, his career is being held back, because “elite, Northeast establishment liberals” look down on him.
“When you turn on a show or listen to someone’s writings and they minimize you and treat you like you don’t matter, like you’re just a piece of - you’re just a dumb, like you’re a dumb jock or a dumb woman or a dumb Puerto Rican or a dumb Cuban or another dumb Mexican, which is the way I feel whenever I watch Jon Stewart.”
Cry me a river. Here’s a news flash for Mr. Sanchez. The liberal elite look down on everyone who is not like them, and the former CNN broadcaster is guilty of doing that to conservatives too, so pot meet kettle.
As someone who was brought up by a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother, I was taught to learn from any of my failures or mistakes and not turn myself into some victim of my background that Mr. Sanchez feels so comfortable in doing himself.
Apparently the former CNN anchor does not want to acknowledge that his record for on-air gaffes and ridiculous statements may have been too much for the network to put up with any longer. Media Research Center’s NewsBusters lists some of Mr. Sanchez’s more ridiculous remarks (h/t Matthew Balan):
OCTOBER 12, 2009
“Limbaugh’s perceived racist diatribes are too many to name. Here’s a sample- he once declared that ‘slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back. I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.’”
-Sanchez reading a dubious quote attributed to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, October 12, 2009. He later had to apologize on October 16 for running the unverified quote.
APRIL 8, 2009.
Sanchez blamed conservative news outlets for the murder of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
APRIL 15, 2010
On Thursday’s Rick’s List, CNN’s Rick Sanchez again demonstrated his lack of knowledge of basic science, again related to geology. As he covered the volcanic eruption in Iceland which has disrupted thousands of airplane flights across Europe, he commented that “when you think of a volcano, you think of Hawaii and long words like that. You don’t think of Iceland. You think it’s too cold to have a volcano there” [audio available here; alternate video link here].
July 14, 2010
-Exchange with CNN contributor Roland Martin, July 14, 2010, on the NAACP’s dispute with the tea party movement over alleged racism in its ranks.
JULY 22, 2010
HENRY: “Sure, and then we can walk through the whole”-
SANCHEZ: “Well, I understand the Associated Press. I even understand Bloomberg, but don’t have you to be a news organization to get that seat?”
HENRY: “Oh! Are you saying Fox is not a news organization?”
SANCHEZ: “Yeah. I’m just wondering.”
This list is only a taste of some of the nonsense Mr. Sanchez said on the air. Interestingly, CNN let him get away with it when his targets were conservatives, but when when he turned his attacks on liberals, thinking a victim status would save him, CNN cut him loose. Talk about a harsh lesson in victim politics. Unfortunately, Mr. Sanchez learned about the consequences of using such tactics a little too late in the game.