CNN Fires Rick Sanchez, Hires Eliot Spitzer, World's Most Famous "John"

Some of what Sanchez said that sunk his dinghy

CNN's firing of Rick Sanchez over some controversial comments made on a satellite radio show is asinine, short-sighted and hypocritical in the extreme.

Yeah, he called The Daily Show's Jon Stewart a "bigot," but then he withdrew the comment later during the same conversation. What is the big frickin' deal? When did Jon Stewart become a sacred cow on par with Walter Cronkite?

Granted, Sanchez's comments regarding those of the Jewish faith are hardly defensible, but are they worth firing the guy over?

"Everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart," Sanchez is quoted as saying. "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."

Naturally, I disagree with that. Jews and synagogues are regularly targeted in this country by anti-Semites, sometimes in very violent ways. And Jews are subject to bigotry, religious slurs, conspiracy theories, and so on.

Should Sanchez be taken to task for his comments? Sure. But firing him is wrong, insipid, and reeks of a knee-jerk PC mindset.

I've always liked Sanchez because he was willing to take on people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Lou Dobbs, state Senator Russell Pearce, and neo-Nazis from Arizona, unlike any other person on TV, certainly unlike anyone else on CNN.

But the ultimate hypocrisy is that CNN has just given a show to disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. You know, the schmuck who was reportedly paying for high-priced hookers dating back to when he was New York's Attorney General.

Not that I'm against prostitution, mind you. I just can't afford it.

Basically, prostitution should be legal. But it's not. Spitzer broke the law, when he was supposed to be upholding it. 

I don't care too much that he wanted to bed hookers, but CNN can hardly hold itself out as some righteous news organization when it's giving a guy who had to resign because he was "Client 9" his own show. 

Give me a break. I hope Sanchez finds a new home. CNN's move is a classic overreaction. Jeez, the guy was a talking head. It's his job to be controversial, for Chrissakes.


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Mistalee
Mistalee

When it comes to US media racism, there is a heirarchy of acceptable victims, and Sanchez ignored this, to his detriment.

Had he bashed Arabs or Muslims, he likely would still be on CNN. Arabs and Muslims are at the bottom of the heirarchy, and seemingly fair game for canards which would get a person fired in a trice if directed at other groups.

Jews are at the top of the heirarchy. Anti-semitic remarks by a public figure are sure political suicide. Mexican-Americans, they are somewhere in the middle.

So Mr. Sanchez violated the pecking order. And paid with his job.

Wilyum
Wilyum

CNN probably got word that the good Rev Sharpton would be materializing to "take care of things" if they didn't do something about Sanchez.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Stephen, Well said. We miss Sanchez already for the reasons you gave. He was a breath of fresh air.

Pamcruit
Pamcruit

I found Rick Sanchez extremely annoying. I got to the point that I would just change the channel when he came on. Hate that he actually got fired.

Vince
Vince

The fact that Sanchez can make comments like he did, and believe them, is what is sad. I'm Jewish. I grew up here in Arizona, and I can absolutely tell you that I have faced discrimination, hatred, and sometimes even violence, at every turn in my life. 95% of the people I've ever met have been good people (to my face), but that 5% that have given me grief, taunted me, put me down, made Holocaust jokes, or physically assaulted me have influenced my life so that I try to conceal my yiddishkeit. Many people don't think I'm Jewish, because I'm 6'6" and nearly 300 lbs, so I don't fit their narrow stereotype that all Jews look like Woody Allen or Larrry David. You'd be amazed how often people will show their true colors when they think you're just like them.

Sanchez is an ass hat, and is just plain wrong. I would love for him to tell me to my face that I've not been oppressed or discriminated against. I would love for him to try and prove his point to me. I would love to show him the scar on my right knee from when I was jumped by a group of my high-school peers (for killing Jesus). And I would love to kick his smug ass.

I don't know that he should be fired, but if I was his boss and he said something like that to me, I'd show him the door, pronto.

There is no room for disparaging anyone's race, religion, or ethnicity - ever. Sanchez should be ashamed and embarrassed. CNN still sucks, but they've done nothing wrong here.

chicagonut
chicagonut

"Mark, I betcha if a REICH-wing white guy had said that, you'd be defending him like there's no tomorrow.............prove me wrong".

You'd be wrong then. I am not an ethnocentric racist. I don't stick up for someone just because they happen to be of the same race as I am. Prove you wrong? Just how am I supposed to do that?

KingCast
KingCast

That was a Dirty Sanchez IMO and I'm not going to second guess the termination too too much, but the Spitzer hypocrisy is yucky for sure.....

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Super Filmizle

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Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

Actually, I don't agree with that logic at all, that Jews are still an "oppressed minority". They can literally play the role of "bigots" themselves. One recent example can be pointed to Mayor Bloomberg(ironically is a Liberal) of NYC, who infamously enraged Indian Country and First Nations, over his violent babble against Natives in NY state. As a matter of fact, Jewish politicians, in my mind, are no different from the racist vampiric politiKKKos in the fringed. Regardless of their party's affliation,.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Well, I did listen to the entire four minute excerpt, and in it Sanchez struck me as a manipulative Republican, trying to co-opt the working class because left-leaning satirists like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are effective.

As for his own background, he talks about his truck driving, factory working father, who was spit upon because he was Hispanic. His parents left Cuba in 1960, in the first wave of anti-Castro immigrants, often called "golden exiles" because they disproportionately represented the urban, educated professional and business classes. Ordinary truck drivers and factory workers weren't rushing to leave Cuba as early as 1960, when the regime's propaganda about uplifting the workers hadn't yet been tarnished by the repression of a developed police state.

They settled in Hialeah, Florida -- a suburb (ahem) of Miami, which at the time had been envisioned as a playground for the elite, but which at the time of the first wave of Cuban immigrants was transformed into what historian Patricia Fernandez-Kelly described as "an affordable eden". Later waves of Cuban refugees would alter the demographic considerably.

As for being spit upon for being Hispanic, I'm not sure what the make-up was in early 1960s Hialeah, but as of 2006 Hispanics were 92 percent of the population there. It also has the second-highest percentage of Cuban residents (75 percent) of any city in the United States.

Sanchez junior, who was two at the time, later graduated with a football scholarship to Minnesota State, and transferred to U of M on a journalism scholarship, and was hired out of college to a local television news program, where he soon became the weekend anchor. Not exactly silver spoon stuff, but I don't see a lot of working-class struggle there.

It might be interesting to find out more about his parents' background.

WilliamdoTell
WilliamdoTell

So now we have a situation where a guy gets fired from his job for telling the truth? A sad commentary on our mainstream media and how freedom of speech is no longer a protected freedom. You can trash Muslims everyday on the news but never can any truth be told that is critical of the jews or israel. The truth can no longer be hidden regarding the quiet coup that has enslaved our people, our government, our financial institutions, Hollywood and all forms of mass media that dish up our daily dose of propaganda.

anon mus
anon mus

I don't think his comments about Jon Stewart were the primary reason he was fired. He probably broke a CNN contractual agreement by publicly disparaging his network bosses. CNN is also trying crawl out of a ratings slump and want to change their anchor lineup, so they may have also used it as an excuse to get rid of him

chicagonut
chicagonut

Sanchez is just being defended here because you all agree with his racist, ethnocentric agenda. He is a typical Hispanic playing the victim card. Dispicable how so many Hispanics try riding on the coat tails of the Civil Rights Movement. If this were a white guy who made the same statements you would all be all over him like fleas on a dog.

Transtrist
Transtrist

I see. So when he was attacking those who (in your and his mind) abuse Latinos, it gives him a pass to be a racist bigot himself?

Ross
Ross

The real loss is to Comedy Central, where Jon Stewart won't have Rick Sanchez to kick around anymore. Or at least, until Sanchez finds some Republican PR job. Republicans cultivate Cubans like Cuba cultivates cigar tobacco, because its their best source for Hispanic surnames. This goes back to the days when Richard Nixon's best pal was Bebe Rebozo. Nixon probably said the same things to Bebe, as he did to Bob Haldeman. "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana are Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists." ... "The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards." Rebozo, of course, lived in Florida, and this is all a Florida thing. Cubans vs. Jews. The story of Florida politics, although it's unspoken, like the blacks vs. Jews in the Chicago mayoral race.

Cats
Cats

so lets bring in ex-governor pimp spitizer cnn looks like the bigots now

Lil Squeek
Lil Squeek

How many other Hispanic anchors does CNN have? None! 0! I am sure they will now hire a token who just reads prompter. I will never watch CNN again.

Anon
Anon

That's how we feel about Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and O'Reilly

Steven
Steven

Mark, I betcha if a REICH-wing white guy had said that, you'd be defending him like there's no tomorrow.............prove me wrong.

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