UPDATE: Rick Sanchez has been fired from CNN.
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,’ a CNN statement said.
UPDATE: Rick Sanchez did not appear on Friday’s “Rick List,” the afternoon after his controversial comments about Jon Stewart and Jews surfaced. Sanchez’s regular substitute Brooke Baldwin filled in for him.
ORIGINAL POST: CNN’s Rick Sanchez made controversial comments on a Sirius radio show Thursday, calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and saying that CNN and the other networks are all run by Jewish people.
Discussing Stewart with radio host Pete Dominick, Sanchez said that the “Daily Show” host has a limited worldview, and called him a “bigot.”
The conversation began with Sanchez decrying “elite, Northeast establishment liberals” who “deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier.
“I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot,” he said. “I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”
When asked who Stewart is bigoted against, Sanchez said “everybody else who’s not like him.”
Sanchez would eventually retract the “bigot” claim, settling instead on calling Stewart “prejudicial” and “uninformed.”
But he made a larger point when Dominick suggested that Stewart could understand being part of an oppressed minority group because he is Jewish.
Sanchez scoffed at the claim, snickering and suggesting that CNN and the rest of the media is run by Jewish people (from the “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” blog):
Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… Please, what are you kidding? … I’m telling you that everybody 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. [sarcastically]
Listen to Sanchez call Stewart a “bigot”:
Listen to Sanchez talk about Stewart, Jews and the media:
Source: Huffington Post
CNN fires host Rick Sanchez over Jews remarks
CNN host Rick Sanchez came under fire Friday after making remarks that the western media is run by Jews and bigots who hate Hispanics the previous day on a satellite radio show.
Sanchez called out Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a “bigot” for mocking him, and complained that Jews — like Stewart — don’t face discrimination. He also suggested that CNN, and perhaps the media industry more broadly, is run by Jews and elitists who look down on Hispanics like himself.
Clearly, those comments didn’t sit well with the network, which put out a terse statement around 6 p.m. Friday.
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” the CNN statement read. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
So far, Sanchez hasn’t spoken out about the explosive interview Thursday on “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick.” On the radio show, the now-former CNN star didn’t just make a single impolitic statement, but spoke at length — for roughly 20 minutes — about Stewart and a media world he believes to be filled with “elite Northeast liberals” who consider Hispanic journalists “second tier.” Sanchez is a Cuban-American.
He specifically called out Stewart as someone with “a white liberal establishment point-of-view” who “can’t relate to a guy like me.” Also, Sanchez claimed that Stewart is “upset that someone of my ilk is at, almost, his level.”
Sanchez also has yet to address the controversy via Twitter, where he is a frequent user. He even made the social media platform a signature part of his afternoon show, “Rick’s List.” Sanchez didn’t appear on his 3 p.m. show on Friday, but CNN’s public relations department put out word that he was going to be at a book signing at the CNN Center in Atlanta. It’s unclear whether he attended it.
Sanchez joined CNN in 2004 after working as an anchor in Miami. Prior to that, Sanchez worked as a correspondent at MSNBC, providing breaking news updates at CNBC, and at other local stations.
CNN plans to air “CNN Newsroom” in the “Rick’s List” time slot, weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
Source: Tehran Times