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Jon Stewart: Rick Sanchez 'has a big heart' (Video)

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Jon Stewart speaks at a fundraiser for Autism Education on October 2, 2010 in New York City. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Update, 10:00 a.m.

Rick Sanchez has remained silent after being fired from CNN for comments about Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show." His wife, however, has taken to Facebook to apologize for his actions.

Sanchez made disparaging comments about Stewart on the Pete Dominick radio show last Friday and was subsequently fired from his hosting job at CNN. Stewart made light of the situation on his show last night.

Sanchez's wife wrote on what appears to be her Facebook wall, which is open to the public, "rick apologized to jon stewart today.they had a good talk. jon was gracious and called rick, "thin-skinned." he's right. rick feels horrible that in an effort to make a broader point about the media, his exhaustion from working 14 hr days for 2 mo. straight, caused him to mangle his thought process inartfully. he got ...caught up in the banter and deeply apologizes to anyone who was offended by his unintended comments."

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8:00 a.m.

Jon Stewart let loose on ex-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez on last night's Daily Show after Sanchez called Stewart a bigot on a radio talk show.

Last Friday, Sanchez went on the Pete Dominick's satellite radio show, ostensibly to talk about his new book. Instead, he talked about his dislike for Stewart, saying the comedian, who is Jewish, could not understand the plight of being a minority. Sanchez also suggested that Jewish people control the media--a stereotype often used to stir resentment against Jews.

Stewart recapped the appearance on his own show, in front of a photograph of Sanchez with the words "Hurty Sanchez" displayed. He said his team had put together a clip of the "flawed but fascinating to watch" news anchor, but after Sanchez was subsequently fired for his comments, "doing the whole bit seems kind of mean."
Stewart then smiled slyly and says, "But you gotta have some taste of it."

He played a montage of clips overlaying Sanchez talking jocularly on-air with scenes of Steve Carrell's lovably foolish character Michael Scott from the television show "The Office."

Stewart also mocked the rest of the media for their reaction to Stewart's comments at a Saturday fundraiser for research on autism, at which he suggested that Sanchez not donate to the cause because he ought to keep his money.

News sites responded with headlines like " 'Ripped,' 'Destroyed' -- and that was Time magazine!" Stewart said. "Any headline from that event should have read, 'Comedians raise $3 million for autism while demonstrating incredible self-restraint about Rick Sanchez.' "

Stewart wound up the bit by saying everyone should take a lesson in kindness from the Sanchez episode. He suggested that perhaps CNN would take the opportunity to "starve parasites like myself by putting on quality news and discussion." He looked bemused when the screen switched to scenes from Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer's new talk show on CNN.

Some have suggested that we keep a running tally of news anchors that Stewart has brought down. At this point, I've got Tucker Carlson and Rick Sanchez. Who's next?

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Pete Dominick also responded to the controversy on his show yesterday, saying Rick Sanchez, "came in with a live grenade in his mouth and he pulled the pin."

He apologized to Sanchez's family for the loss of the job and then went on to say he did his best to help Sanchez avoiding committing "career suicide on my show."

Dominick also said he did not want to talk about the incident and has turned down multiple interviews from news sources, saying his radio show was about "public interest value and not public fascination." He then spent nearly seven minutes talking about Sanchez and said he would go on talk shows, including the Daily Show, if he were asked to.

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Comments

John Stewartstien is right, Ricky Martin Sanchez is a second tier anchor. Maybe now he can anchor Univision.

Posted by: TonLoc1 | October 5, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Stuart Liebowitz does seem to get a pass from the Main Stream Media.

Posted by: hz9604 | October 5, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

No doubt Stewart also thinks Palestinian refugees are worth a joke or two. He's an arrogant jerk. Period. A legend in his own mind.

Posted by: mclovin | October 5, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

... and if my name was obviously Jewish, I'd change it to white bread Stewart too ...

Posted by: TonLoc1 | October 5, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"You can't say anything critical of Israel and be elected president".
-- Jon Stewart, 2008

Posted by: politbureau | October 5, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

My, my. it's good to know that the antisemites (TonLoc1) are alive & well! Ton, what should you change your name to, so people don't know you're...? The rest of you: he's a comedian & satirist, not a journalist, so get a sense of humor. Don't think Stewart's funny? Don't watch. Duhhh.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | October 5, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Some have suggested that we keep a running tally of news anchors that Stewart has brought down. At this point, I've got Tucker Carlson and Rick Sanchez. Who's next?
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Aw, Melissa, you're just dying for one of us to say Glenn Beck, aren't you? ...OK, I'll say it. :) I know he's not a news anchor, but what the heck. (Actually, I think, unlike Limbaugh, who's spent a career in PR and knows what to say when, Beck's a loose cannon who is about to bring himself down with something, I don't know what, that comes out of the sloppy end of his digestive tract--and I don't mean his tuchus.)(Thanks, Bachem Macuno.)

Posted by: bucinka8 | October 5, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

No doubt Stewart also thinks Palestinian refugees are worth a joke or two. He's an arrogant jerk. Period. A legend in his own mind.
Posted by: mclovin
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"A legend in his own mind."
A certain irony from someone with the nom de plume "mclovin", no?

Posted by: overed | October 5, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Stewart isn't that funny and I don't take him seriously. His celebrity is somewhat of a mystery. But that can be said for so many Hollywood types these days. Sanchez should have used some restraint, certainly. I do give Stewart credit for going on O'Reilly's show.

Posted by: RB1019 | October 5, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

According to Joe Klein (a Jew), Jewish people DO control the media.

A very partial list:

CBS: Sumner Redstone
NBC: Jeff Zucker
ABC: Michael Eisner
FOX: Rupert Murdoch
Sony Corporation of America: Howard Stringer
Warner Bros.: Barry Meyer
Miramax Films: Harvey Weinstein
Paramount: Sherry Lansing
DreamWorks: Stephen Spielberg, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg
MTV Entertainment: Brian Graden
Turner Entertainment: Brad Siegal

According to Klein, not only do Jews serve as CEO of all the biggest media companies in the country, but also below the CEO level, it's hard to find any person of influence who isn't Jewish.

Similarly, the popular Jewish website “Judaism Online,” (www.simpletoremember.com) in its article, “Jewish Success in the American Media,” documents Jewish media preeminence, not from motives of anti-Semitism but out of Jewish pride.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez tried to be a political satirist like Stewart and Colbert and it backfired big time. Moral of the story: stick with what you know.

Posted by: sjcsando | October 5, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

sshhhhh- quiet everybody. No one is supposed to know that the Jews do indeed control main stream media.

Posted by: bretb | October 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I watched last night show. What I find most amusing is that Stewart left out the beginning of the radio show conversation when Dominick asks/mentions that Jewish are an oppressed minority like Sanchez, which is when Rick Sanchez responded if they are indeed an oppressed minority in the media? and said there a lot of people like Stewart in CNN. Interesting 'cause a lot of the attacks by Stewart are precisely because Fox anchors/hosts cherry pick what they want to put people's comments out of context. Low, Jon, very low.

The obvious answer is no, who would think that Jewish are an oppressed minority? In what country? Certainly not in the US, but Sanchez paid with his job for telling an obviously an inconvenient truth.

Posted by: cipitio | October 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

... and if my name was obviously Jewish, I'd change it to white bread Stewart too ...

Posted by: TonLoc1
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...and if I WERE an anti-Semitic, I would go around telling everyone how much I love Jesus...

Posted by: areyousaying | October 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Make that "Joel" Klein, not "Joe." Sorry for the type-o above. (Klein is one of my favorite journalists, btw.)

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

John Stewartstien is right, Ricky Martin Sanchez is a second tier anchor. Maybe now he can anchor Univision.

Posted by: TonLoc1

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An insult to 2nd tier anchors.

Posted by: James10 | October 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Before Rick Sanchez or anyone says anything that is likely to be offensive they should first determine where the real power lies. He blew off his mouth (as he usually does) and he paid the price. He won't be the last one to do this. As for his continuous lament about being Hispannic and Cuban, may I remind him that Hispanics owned slave plantations in Hispaniola and are said to have been the first traders in that commodity in this hemisphere. Any self respecting Latino can tell you of the deeds of Hispanics in South America. Cortez along with the KIngs and Popes of that time helped destroy many advanced kingdoms and civilizations of that time. International soccer and F1 racing authorities have had to reprimand spectators in Spain (Hispanics) about thei racist behavior towards black soccer players and Formula One dirivers (Lewis Hamilton). You may cry your tears Rick, I do feel pity for you. Hopefully you are capable of learning.
Pick your fights carefully. Cockroach doan have no place in cock fights.

Posted by: Draesop | October 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy, the Joo haters are coming out in droves. What a revealing insight into the "average" Compost reader...

Personally, I don't care much for Stewart but CNN was well within its right to fire the failing Sanchez. His ratings, like his mind were in the toilet. The brouhaha on the air was an excuse to jettison some flotsam. Now, if only the Compost would have the courage to clean up its' readers?

Posted by: freepost | October 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy the Greek, Ricky the Cuban. Same thing. If you Joo haters don't get it then stick your heads into some ovens. Get out of here you creeps and crawl under the rocks from which you came.

Posted by: freepost | October 5, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

areyousaying wrote:

...and if I WERE an anti-Semitic, I would go around telling everyone how much I love Jesus...

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Why are you attacking Christians or Christianity? No one but you even brought up the topic, and doing so is no better than anti-Semitism.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

This whole story is ridiculous. The way CNN handled Sanchez actually provided evidence for Sanchez's point.

Posted by: trumeau | October 5, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

How are we supposed to count the Jews in the media if they change their names from the obviously Jewish Liebowitz to the obviously white bread Stewart. Dang, they's some sneaky Jews.

Posted by: TonLoc1 | October 5, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

For anyone to suggest that Jews dominate the media in the United States is a lot like suggesting that Blacks dominate the NBA!!!

Any questions?

Posted by: NHITEVIZION | October 5, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

1. People who happen to be Jewish control most of America's major media companies.
2. Anti-Semitic prejudice is wrong.
3. Anti-Christian prejudice is wrong.

FACTS.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This whole story is ridiculous. The way CNN handled Sanchez actually provided evidence for Sanchez's point.

Posted by: trumeau

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Call your boss [or client, or customer ...] a racist bigot and see how long you last. Sanchez was lucky if CNN allowed him to pack out his own desk under the eyes of two guards. Jews controlling the media, Jon Stewart ... all that was fluff after Sanchez told the entire planet that CNN management was a racist bigot.

Posted by: James10 | October 5, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

How dare someone call a liberal a "bigot". Everyone knows that's impossible.

Posted by: RVZ555 | October 5, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: mclovin
"No doubt Stewart also thinks Palestinian refugees are worth a joke or two."

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The Palestinians are a joke!

Posted by: nuke41 | October 5, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

When Stewart was young and hungry he was hilarious. Lately, unfortunately, he's become more and more arrogant and unwatchable. He urges people to remember he's a comic with a fake news show, but that seems to be slipping from his own consciousness. It's a loss, but maybe also a natural cycle. Hard to have an outsider's perspective when you're anything but.
Also, how is it that one can say any hateful and untrue thing in the media about the President of the United States and remain gainfully employed, but stating an obvious truth (and not nedessarily a bad thing) about Jewish dominance in the "news" and entertainment media gets you canned? Does the Israel lobby have a vested interest in weakening a president who is trying to stand up to them?

Posted by: kstack | October 5, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Cripes, it looks like the racists from Stormfront are here this morning.

Posted by: steve1231 | October 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy, and now believes he's doing real news. He's closer to Maddow and Olbermann than other comedians.

Sadly for him, he's not funny.

He should run for Congress, where the clowns are more like him. (See Al Franken)

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

One poster wrote:

My, my. it's good to know that the antisemites (TonLoc1) are alive & well! Ton, what should you change your name to, so people don't know you're...? The rest of you: he's a comedian & satirist, not a journalist, so get a sense of humor. Don't think Stewart's funny? Don't watch. Duhhh.
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while it is humorous to see an pompous arrogant CNN type get it, Stewart is in the same mold except he is using humor to press an agenda, not to be funny. It isn't benign as he made the top 5 list of most trusted people and where people (mostly college pukes) get their news. He isn't even trying to pretend he's hard news like the MSM pretends but he does want his views to be taken seriously. Then when his argument falls apart, as it always does, he falls back on, "Hey man lighten up, it's comedy" Hey it got a has-been, unfunny SNL writer elected to the Senate. That and numerous ballots found in the trunk of a democrat operative AND COUNTED!!!

Stewart funny? eeeeh, somewhat. Don't watch? I don't but lazy people do and for some reason take him seriously and that does matter.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 5, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Stewart's best shows are when he makes fun of liars like Beck and Rimbowl and demonstrates, unequivocally, that fox creates "news" out of whole cloth.

Like Stewart's guest pointed out last night; "...anybody in this audience could improve on the ten commandments in five minutes or less."

Here's mine; there's no commandment, whatsoever, against LYING! That's why blowhards like Beck, Palin, chimpie, rove, cheney, Rimbowl, etc can do it all day long with a clear conscience.

Freeking liars - one and all.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 5, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I like Jon Stewart, but if I were him, I'd leave Rick Sanchez well enough alone. Rick is already stewing in his own juice. That's enough.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 5, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy, and now believes he's doing real news. He's closer to Maddow and Olbermann than other comedians. His only real expertise is political correctness among the Hollywood crowd.

Sadly for him, he's not funny.

He should run for Congress, where the clowns are more like him. (See Al Franken)

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez, the next new sensation at Fox News.

FOX -- Fascist Opportunistic Xenophobes network.

Sanchez will be a perfect fit.

The Tea Potty is coming to an end and all of the bigots at their table are trying harder and harder to out scream each other.

Posted by: aahpat | October 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Stewart adroitly pointed out that, behind Murdoch, the largest owner of Fox was the Saudi royal family? And that the Saudi royal family also funds the madrasas that turn out the terrorists? And that, therefore, making only one 'hop', you can deduct that; profits from Fox News fund the terrorist madrasas?

Yep. I remember that. That was really funny! Fact: Fox news directly funds terrorism.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 5, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oy and Vey

Posted by: password11 | October 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

BattleOffSamar wrote:

"there's no commandment, whatsoever, against LYING!"

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Actually, one of the Ten Commandments does specifically proscribe lying:

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."

I completely agree with your sentiment that Beck and many other people should follow it.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"Some have suggested that we keep a running tally of news anchors that Stewart has brought down. At this point, I've got Tucker Carlson and Rick Sanchez. Who's next?"

CORRECTION!!!!

Stewart did not bring down these two clowns. Their own bigoted mouths brought them down. Stewart was the victim of their arrogance. Too freakin bad if Stewart has ability to level the playing field. For a change.

Posted by: aahpat | October 5, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is a (as Colbert is), highly efficient book peddler (provided that the book is written by a Jewish of course).
Stewart has been made an icon of Zionism (he pulls by the nose a lot of uneducated semi-adults), and he is untouchable (every media outlet is instructed to hype every fart Jon outs).

And of course Stewart is a bigot; have you ever weighted statistically how many blacks or Latinos are invited at his show? Negligible.

Whenever Stewart address of refers to minorities, he is condescending. Minority guests of Stewart always suffer some indignity, compared to Jewish guests or blond guests. I, personally, if would be a minority, would never go to his show, unless I’d enjoy being humiliated.
You see his excitement, kicking the fallen Sanchez. What can you expect from him? Nothing of value.
That is why, I stopped watching him, long, long ago.

Stewart is a pony show directed by earpiece, with the Zionist dagger under his cloak, insidiously painting excrement in everyone they want to. Just because they can. But don’t you dare to criticize a Jewish, in America—they own your rear, America—and there is nothing you can do about it.

Posted by: SouthStar | October 5, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

In the same interview, Sanchez referred to himself as "the little Puerto Rican guy." He's a mess.

Posted by: mattintx | October 5, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart's kicking Sanchez after he got him fired seems totally within character.

Posted by: tempestite | October 5, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Rick thought that he could cash in on the hate caravan. After all, he's seen many others do it why not he? He figured he had an angle that could open the doors to money and attention that had not been used. After all, Obama is an alien, the Democrats are communist, palin sees russia from alaska and finally odonnell thinks the Chinese are taking over America. Hell, I need a gig he says, well Rick, talk about famous last words.

Posted by: moemongo | October 5, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I didn't notice any "glee" in Stewart's remarks, though I am glad to see Sanchez go. When I turn on the news that's what I expect to get, not some bozo spouting his own corny opinions. At least half of every Sanchez broadcast was totally wasted space spent waiting for him to wax eloquent on some ridiculous subject or another. Sanchez isn't a bad person, but he's way too much of a goofball to be an anchor person and it was only a matter of time before his mouth got him into trouble.

Posted by: Byrd3 | October 5, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

...Like Stewart's guest pointed out last night; "...anybody in this audience could improve on the ten commandments in five minutes or less."

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Oh, yeah. Like anybody who ever read the New Testament.

The part where Jesus said the greatest commandment of all was "Love thy neighbor as thyself"?

It doesn't take a mathematician. Just someone who's educated or paying attention.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Watch the video again starting about 8:00 to the end. Stewart is defending Sanchez in saying his anti-Semitic tirade was not what Sanchez really believed, and showed Sanchez ridiculing a skin head and saying that's what Sanchez really believes.

The Washington Post completely got the headline wrong - it's guilty of doing the same misleading headline ripping quoted in the article. Headline should read "Class act Stewart defends dufus Sanchez for foot in mouth disease."

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

>>Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy, and now believes he's doing real news. He's closer to Maddow and Olbermann than other comedians.

Sanchez was fired by CNN, not Stewart. He was fired by CNN before Stewart ever opened his mouth about the radio interview Sanchez did.

John Stewart did not 'take Rick Sanchez down.'

Posted by: bupdaddy | October 5, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the percentage of posts from gutless jewhating scumbags is quite high. Impressive to see that you droolers can even turn on your computers.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart's kicking Sanchez after he got him fired seems totally within character.

Posted by: tempestite | October 5, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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Seems to me that Sanchez got himself fired.

Posted by: mikem1 | October 5, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Living in Miami we watched Rick Sanchez for years as a local reporter/anchorman. We know him as a blowhard and were shocked he ever got a job at CNN.

Posted by: wrw01011 | October 5, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

**BREAKING NEWS ALERT** Rick Sanchez learns Jon Stewart is a actually a comedian and not a news show host. More on Mr. Sanchez's revelation later.

Posted by: kchses1 | October 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

CNN fired Rick sanchez for telling the truth that Jews control CNN and the U.S. media. CNN fired Octavia Nasr for praising a deceased Lebanese cleric that Israel didn't like. Obviously, CNN doesn't believe in freedom of speech when it comes to Israel or Jews. The Jews control our media and our government, but if anyone dares to say this, they are destroyed by the vicious Jewish lobby.

Posted by: raygordon2008 | October 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Funny, but it seems that if Sanchez had ripped Protestants or Muslims, he would still have his job.

Are certain religions/origins/races more special than others?

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad Sanchez didn't realize that the Daily Show poking fun at him probably gave him more exposure and more popularity. If you want to consider yourself a respected figure then you also have to have some sense of humor.

Posted by: carbon916 | October 5, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I used to enjoy John Stewart but will stick with comedians who don't have to be mean-spirited to be funny. Ellen, Lucy, Carol Burnett, Johnny Carson and a few others come to mind. When and why did our society get so mean-spirited?

Posted by: njglea | October 5, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Living in Miami we watched Rick Sanchez for years as a local reporter/anchorman. We know him as a blowhard and were shocked he ever got a job at CNN.

Posted by: wrw01011 | October 5, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy, and now believes he's doing real news. He's closer to Maddow and Olbermann than other comedians. His only real expertise is political correctness among the Hollywood crowd, and skewering conservatives.

Sadly for him, he's not funny most of the time.

He should run for Congress, where the clowns are more like him. Self important and only occasionally funny. (See Al Franken)

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

It's funny watching Right Wing shills trip all over themselves trying to defend Rick Sanchez.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | October 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

personally - i think j. stewart is the most consistantly funny guy on the tube.

his political satire is more truth based than the the comments made by politicians and high profile personalities he satirizes.

any politician who LIES and tries to use the media to spred those lies, will surely find themselves as the subject of stewart's opening monologue.

one thing for sure - he won't get sued over any of it, because he docoments his comments with video and audio of the people as they are lying.

so why are people angry at stewart? he's one of the only guys telling the truth and making people laugh.

after an opening that focused on jon boehner, i was surprised the people of ohio who elected him, didn't begin the process of recalling and replacing him the next day. a series of videos clearly showed that the house minority leader doesn't tell the truth and tried on several occasions to deliberately deceive the entire nation.

Posted by: boblesch | October 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Stewart's best shows are when he makes fun of liars like Beck and Rimbowl and demonstrates, unequivocally, that fox creates "news" out of whole cloth.

Like Stewart's guest pointed out last night; "...anybody in this audience could improve on the ten commandments in five minutes or less."

Here's mine; there's no commandment, whatsoever, against LYING! That's why blowhards like Beck, Palin, chimpie, rove, cheney, Rimbowl, etc can do it all day long with a clear conscience.

Freeking liars - one and all.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar
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You might want to review those commandants before you spout off.

Don't you remember "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor"?

Posted by: lgaide | October 5, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez, like far too many media "stars" in the 24/7 cable/web universe forgot his role (anchor reporter and news reader) and assumed the new mantle of "commentator." Worked for Beck, why won't it work for me?

Rick's popularity got the best of him, leading him to believe he could say anything, anytime and be bullet proof. Guess again! There are consequences to giving voice to what you believe, particularly when your employers realize you are expendable and easily replaced by another good looking talking head with on screen "charisma."

Rick should go back to Miami and become the anchor of a local television station news show there. His style and beliefs will play better there if he can remind himself the audience in south Florida consists of far more many Jews than Cuban Americans.

Posted by: bobfbell | October 5, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Colbert: Political Satire; Funny.

Jon Stewart: Partisan Hack; NOT Funny.

Stewart reminds me of a 5 year old. He's a prankster who is cute sometimes, but rarely is he all that entertaining. His humor is at the level of a whoopie cushion.

Colbert, on the other hand, is righteously hilarious.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

There is freedom of speech....but I am not sure about freedom after speech!...it reminds me of USSR or East Germany pre-1990!

Posted by: ordak100 | October 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

God forbid that someone should give Stewart a taste of his own medicine!

Posted by: garys_opinion | October 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

NO FAN OF J. STEWART CONSIDERS HIM A NEWS PERSON.

WE WATCH THE OPENING MONOLOGUE BECAUSE HE SATIRIZES PEOPLE WHO ARE QUITE DESERVING OF LIGHT-HEARTED RIDICULE.

HE TAKES ON PEOPLE OF BOTH MAJOR PARTIES EQAULLY. YET NO ONE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS HIGHLIGHTING OF BOEHNER, MCCONELL, DEMITT, PELOSI, REED OR OBAMA. WHY ARE PEOPLE ONLY COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS HIGHLIGHTING THE STUPIDITY OF CABLE TALK SHOW HOSTS?

Posted by: boblesch | October 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

God forbid that someone should give Stewart a taste of his own medicine!

Posted by: garys_opinion | October 5, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

the idea that Jews own or control the media is indeed a myth. Katherine Graham (washington post) is not Jewish. CNN's Ted Turner is not Jewish. Most the people listed in a previous comment don't even work for those networks anymore.
And Rupert Murdoch is not jewish.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 5, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

In "free american media" if you say the truth about who realy controls the media you will be fired.
All together now, jews control free american media, that is why americans think apartheid israel is a democracy.

Posted by: MumboJumboo | October 5, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

You might want to review those commandants before you spout off.

Don't you remember "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor"?

Posted by: lgaide

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lgaide, take your commandments and shove them up your a*s.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I like Jon Stewart. I think the role he plays in public discourse is vital. It is a shame the Sanchez publically embraced the victim role; it ended up being self-fulfilling.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | October 5, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy,

Posted by: Benson

...kinda like Fox has forgotten it's doing fake news for Karl Rove...

Posted by: areyousaying | October 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

God - the level of anti-Semitism is astounding on this board. I can also tell the humorless idiots that don't watch the Daily Show...that's for sure. And believe it or not bigots - Jews are a minority in this country. Yet - despite this - they have been historically successful and I can see the jealousy just seething out of the posts on this board. Sorry you're not successful in life...idiots.

Posted by: keberg2003 | October 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

2% of the US population IS A MINORITY. The fact that Jews value and excel in education does not exclude the other fact that Jews have to deal with the hate so abundantly spewed on this blog and elsewhere.

Posted by: SarahT2 | October 5, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I see very little hate being spewed on this board.

I see a lot of ad hominem attacks, but that's not quite the same thing, and anyway a good proportion of those attacks are coming from posters who claim that anyone who says that Jewish people "control" the media are "bigots."

It's a statistical fact that a very highly disproportionate share of Jewish people (compared to their 2% size in the general population) work as C-level executives and board members in the American media industry.

It is not "biogted" to say this. Indeed, many Jewish people and organizations celebrate the fact.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

It's silly that people here and elsewhere are yelling "Freedom of Speech!" regarding Sanchez. (Usually they spell it "speach".) Of course he has the right to say it. The government did not censor him, and that is what freedom of speech is about.

But if you publicly criticize your employer by saying that they discriminate and they they are "just like Stewart" (bigots?) you should expect to be punished.

Posted by: brian_away | October 5, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The antisemitism on this board and others is disgusting. I'm not even surprised anymore when I read quotes from the "Protocols."

I don't find it funny when Stewart takes cheap shots at a hard-working guy like Sanchez, although I wasn't really a fan of Sanchez (or of Stewart, for that matter).

I'm sure Sanchez regrets putting his foot in his mouth with those comments. You don't bite the hand that feeds you (sorry for mixing metaphors).

The interviewer goaded Sanchez into his comments by bringing up Stewart's ethnicity. Sanchez did not bring that up on his own. As far as I can tell he just fell into the interviewer's trap.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | October 5, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is artfully funny. With satire, he speaks truth to power, confronting the political elite with the reality they don't want anyone to see. With wit, he demonstrates truth in the cacophony of lies that is the American media. With humor, he promotes civic harmony while others are fostering conflict and hate.

Though Fox news and conservatives are most commonly his target, he doesn't hold his tongue when the so-called liberal media or liberals show their hipocracy.

While the so-called liberal media was merely repeating Fox's lies about the New York mosque, the Daily Show fought the anti-Muslim attacks by revealing that the mosque was not at ground zero, that it was not being proposed to celebrate the 911 attacks, and that it was not funded by terrorists.

And Jon is magnanimous. Though not mentioned in the article, Jon spent the latter half of the segment rehabilitating Rick Sanchez, by showing a clip of Rick condemning bigots and bigotry.

Posted by: Miovski | October 5, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, is NOT Jewish. He is Roman Catholic, and is from Australia, though he became a naturalized American as an adult.

Secondly, there is a BIG difference between saying that the CEOs of many media companies are Jewish and that "Jews control the media". The former is a merely a statement of fact, but the latter suggests that there is some kind of conspiracy or that any Jew in a position of power will, as a matter of course, follow some sort of overt and/or covert agenda connected with his being Jewish.

The latter is false, and racist.

Posted by: AnonymousBE1 | October 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart may say he's doing "fake news", but of course what he's really doing is satire in its best form -- critiquing mass media coverage and offering his own commentary both on the coverage and on the issues being covered. Funny or not is in the eye of the beholder(and I think he's devastatingly funny), but he's got a laser eye for both the foibles and the real failures of the media. Jon is one of the smartest people on television.

Posted by: FishTank | October 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely hate posting on message boards or comments sections, as they tend to be a forum for the irrational and you can't reason with irrational folks. However, I came across this post and I did not see a correction to this dangerously erroneous line of thought:

.....As for his continuous lament about being Hispannic and Cuban, may I remind him that Hispanics owned slave plantations in Hispaniola and are said to have been the first traders in that commodity in this hemisphere. Any self respecting Latino can tell you of the deeds of Hispanics in South America. Cortez along with the KIngs and Popes of that time helped destroy many advanced kingdoms and civilizations of that time. International soccer and F1 racing authorities have had to reprimand spectators in Spain (Hispanics) about thei racist behavior towards black soccer players and Formula One dirivers (Lewis Hamilton).

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To start, Spaniards (people of Spain) are caucasian- white. The populations of Latin American and Caribbean countries are largely made up of people who are a mix of Caucasian, Native American and Black people (today generally considered hispanic ) and not thought of singularly as either black, native american or white. European explorers did not necessarily kill off all the Native peoples throughout the Americans but in fact mixed with them (in Mexico and throughout Central American there are still sizable populations that speak the indigenous Native American languages). I am simplifying a very complex history and reality, but the point is that these people were not the primary plantations and black slave owners that Draesop suggests. That said Rick Sanchez is most likely Hispanic- a minority in the US.

Before many of the major Civil Rights laws had been passed, Hispanics were routinely subjected to the same discrimination and bigotry that blacks endured, as such Hispanics benefited immensely from the civil rights movement. So, to suggest that Rick Sanchez doesn't have a legitimate right to speak out against perceived discrimination against hispanics because "hispanics owned slave plantations" is not only false but wrong and woefully and dangerously ignorant...

and the whole Jewish minority issue is a very a more delicate issue than simply about just race or religion as we know it.... but im not getting into that

We should really all just err on the side of caution and respect (read: refrain from denigrating) others and their beliefs... that goes for men, women, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Gays, Lesbians and whatever other designation we confer on ourselves and each other

Let's not forget our history lest we repeat it.....

Posted by: iresubumi | October 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Stuart Liebowitz does seem to get a pass from the Main Stream Media.

Posted by: hz9604
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His shoe is on Comedy Central, I'm sure everyone knows a lot of what he says it meant in a comical way. If not, his show is on Comedy Central...soooooo...

What Sanchez said was dumb, but it's also kinda acurate, heaven forbid someone state their opinion!

Posted by: damnit79 | October 5, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

iresubumi:

Thanks for such an intelligent and good-hearted post. I recommend it to all posters.

Posted by: paul65 | October 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

... and I'll bet that he took full responsibility... blah blah blah!

Posted by: whocares666 | October 5, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

lgaide: "False witness" includes not only blackmailing but also sins of commission when a person is accused of a crime.

But "False witness" is only a small subset of the lies that people tell. It doesn't include white lies, or the lies of a used-car salesman, or the broken promises of a politician, or the lies of a government contractor.

Posted by: steve1231 | October 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

RICK SANCHEZ is not the first who was fired for saying the abvious "control of MEDIA by JEWS" but certainly the BOLD anchorperson of a show calling the arrogant-ignorant of facts J.Stewart "BIGOT".
When the shoe or glove fits,allow to CONVICT the BIGOT in the press instead of being labeled 'ANTISEMITE".

Posted by: iftakhar | October 5, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez is a dick and his wife is a cu nt.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 5, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

RICK SANCHEZ is not the first who was fired for saying the abvious "control of MEDIA by JEWS" but certainly the BOLD anchorperson of a show calling the arrogant-ignorant of facts J.Stewart "BIGOT".
When the shoe or glove fits,allow to CONVICT the BIGOT in the press instead of being labeled 'ANTISEMITE".

Posted by: iftakhar | October 5, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I just knew Howie was going down @WashPo! "I am trying to be an online entrepreneur.. better to try to do that at a young place that's still growing."

Keep on trying Howie. First you have to know what a tag is -- they are not "feature article" or links to one's own article.

Posted by: aevans11 | October 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Oy and Vey

Posted by: password11 | October 5, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

First of all Sanchez saying he's a minority is a joke. He's whiter than I am and white Hispanics are not discriminated against as black or mixed race Hispanics are. Secondly saying anything that would be construed as anti-Semitic is journalistic suicide. People of Jewish heritage have been a big part of the media and entertainment industry because they worked at it. I admire them for it. I don’t think anyone should be castigated for saying that. What Sanchez said was obviously a gripe at Stewart and he used Jews controlling media to fortify it.

Stewart’s human and he ripped Sanchez to shreds last night. I enjoyed it thoroughly because Jon Stewart is correct here – “…take a lesson in kindness from the Sanchez episode. He suggested that perhaps CNN would take the opportunity to "starve parasites like myself by putting on quality news and discussion." Sanchez does not equal quality.

Posted by: Dog-1 | October 5, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"No doubt Stewart also thinks Palestinian refugees are worth a joke or two. He's an arrogant jerk. Period. A legend in his own mind."

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Jon Stewart & crew are pure genius, period.

Posted by: tjconnor | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that Sanchez was right and got fired for offending the wrong person. BTW, how is Sanchez fired yet Glen Beck still has a job on fox after calling Obama a bigot?

Posted by: Gooddad | October 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda 101: First they came for Acorn, then Sotomayor, Van Jones, New Black Panthers, Sherrod, mosques - and I said nothing...

Over and over again, Media Inc. allows the proven-false Fox News, to wag the dog. Which makes it complicit in misinforming it's public.

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | October 5, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


'a steryotype often used to stir resentment against JEWS?

It's the lousy truth. Te clear and obvious and demonstrable truth.
And everybody knows it.

The zionist WaPo defending again...cute.
American wrath and fury over a continued
greedy wrath by the fetid "wall streeters of New York" breaks through....

watch out below. No amount of right wing
Israeli/Jewish/zionist campaign money'll fix it.

Posted by: whistling | October 5, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse


Dear MarilynMonson.

You're wrong. THe Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham IS INDEED JEWISH.

So was her mother, so was her grandfather,Eugene Myers, who bought WaPo
for and just he and

the Rothchilds of Europe and others were funding and FOUNDING ISRAEL.

You uninformed, or you think everyone else is?

Posted by: whistling | October 5, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe Sanchez got fired because he is a joke of a journalist and this was just a good excuse to get rid of some dead weight? Mark Hurd did not get fired for faulty expense reports, Sanchez did not get fired for these comments...

Posted by: mattjack | October 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse


Hard time explaining WHY the media is owned by Jews....

if it isn't for control. There's a "seal" around the news in teh US...

look to see what Jewish names are listed as editors, assignment editors and producers. No wonder Israel's fetid arpartheid is censored here.

As Americans get sick of Wall Street's continuing, new and vicious stuff...

the seal will be pulled tigher. Get wise.


Posted by: whistling | October 5, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

All of you, as well as the author of the article, are missing the real reason why Sanchez lost his job: he talked sh*t about his bosses at CNN. The same people who gave him 2 hours of Prime Time recently. The same people who sign his paychecks. Left, right, or moderate, if you talk about your bosses like that when you KNOW it'll get back to them you will be fired. They might have ignored what he said about Jon, but after he called them out they had no choice but to can him. The First Amendment says that you have the right to criticize the government all you want, nowhere does it say that the Private Sector has to give you the same protections. If it did, Pro athletes and coaches wouldn't get fined by their organizations for certain comments. And for him to suggest that Jews aren't a minority and don't know discrimination is ludicrous. His last name is Sanchez, but really, he looks and sounds pretty much like your average white guy. I bet there are Latinos who could truly school him on being discriminated against.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | October 5, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez is a bumbling idiot, and only got his job because he was willing to go along. Then, he decided to go against his boss in an interview that everyone in the business was paying attention to.

That said, Stewart's "smackdown" wasn't quite a smack. It was a wimpish, "wondering" little flop of its own.

Mr. Stewart never discussed the larger issue, THAT ZIONISTS HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OF OUR MEDIA, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE IMMEDIATE FIRING OF SANCHEZ.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE MEDIA MEMBERS ADVOCATED THE WHOLESALE KILLING OF MUSLIMS (bombings, invasions, etc...)? TOTAL NUMBER FIRED FOR ADVOCATING KILLING MUSLIMS?

ZERO!

Posted by: peaceandprotest | October 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Rick should've just said that Muslims are terrorists and idiots, and that we must bomb Iran, Pakistan and Yemen to save America. THAT would've gotten him a raise.

Posted by: peaceandprotest | October 5, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

lgaide, take your commandments and shove them up your a*s.

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LOL.

SKBob says "someone made p**pie."

(He means when you're threatened, your're triggered, and you repond with your singular psychic gestalt. SKBob, who has some problems of his own, puts this in a fecal context, ie, the mind a sort of psychological digestive system and the reponse to threat its end product. Some say SKBob has fought wars on this simple premise alone. You responded in an infantile manner, your superego anxious, feeling threatened by what was essentially a nonthreat but more a gentle reminder).

Bringing up memories of Mom and Dad, no doubt...

LOL.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | October 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I still say that this is somewhat like being a Jew and running around saying that the world is run by Anti-Semites, and then expecting to not get screwed as a result.

If he is right, he could immediately kiss his job goodbye. If he's wrong, he'd still end up being compared to true anti-Semites. As opposed to those who just resent the fact that the mainstream media is run by "liberal" "America-hating" "Muslim-loving" "socialist" "east-coast" Jews.

The way this has gone so far, there's no way to tell.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a thread like this to demonstrate that anti-Semitism is alive and well, in fact thriving and vociferous in the United States of America. The anti-Semitic Kool-Aid must be doled out in kindergarten in most of this country.

I guess there's plenty of money to be made publishing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for the 21st century.

Posted by: elizestrada | October 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believe that a comedian has better news and insight of what is going in this country. Newspaper and media should be impartial and never takes side on politics. They have the responsibility to educate and help the people of this country to make a better decision to elect our politicians. John has done that....

Posted by: vmarin | October 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Mrs Sanchez's "exhaustion" excuse makes perfect sense.

After a hard workout at the gym, haven't we all wanted to blame the Jews for media bias?

-- MrJM

Posted by: MrJM | October 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Woody Allen used to warn people about criticizing Jews: "They write letters."

As for my nom de plume, it's stolen from the movie Superbad.

And no, Palestinians aren't funny, nuke41.

Face it, when you think of compassionate people, Jews don't come to mind. That "chosen people" b.s. has gone to their heads.

Posted by: woof3 | October 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

p.s. I hope Sanchez sues and wins big.

Posted by: woof3 | October 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Rick got frustrated for not getting the anchor job that was vacated by Ms. Brown due to low ratings. He lost his cool and compelled to air his grievance based on his perceptions. He dragged along Jon Stewart who has been pestering him for quite sometime with bordering insults/jokes. CNN fired him without any 2nd chance. I think a strong reprimand with demand for apology could have been the best route. The same is expected from Jon, you don't have to hit a fellow journalist furthermore when he is already down and out. There should be allowance of forgiveness for someone who is repenting for mistake committed. Right now, it appears it is an eye for eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Posted by: Dondic | October 6, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Jewish, Cuban, Muslim, German, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, whatever. Everyone is part of some group or another. And at one time or another, every group has persecuted and been persecuted. Whomever does which end of the persecution just changes with the circumstance - and it's all bad.

It isn't a contest of who's been treated the most like crap. Yes, Sanchez is Cuban. Great, I actually didn't know that and don't particularly care. He's a meathead with what I'm sure he thinks is an aloof style, but really just irritates the crap out of me. Think of it like this. You have friends at work that you can goof around with. Sanchez is that new guy who tries to join in on the goofing off on his first day. He has an assumed familiarity with his audience that no other anchor really has at all - except audiences that watch late night have with the host.

Don't like Jon Stewart? Review one of the other 200 channels in your cable package. Don't like that he's trusted as a news source? I think he's a little uncomfortable with it himself.

I've grown up with the Daily Show. Sometimes they've gone overboard, sometimes not. Rick Sanchez had a loaded gun in the form of his words and he pointed that thing right at his own temple. Speaking about Jon's father (whom Jon has been estranged from for decades) was painful to listen to.

Does Jon Stewart make jokes you dislike, such as some reference to Palestine? Then you need to listen to George Carlin, as Jon obviously has. Nothing is off-limits to a joke, it just depends on the exaggeration. Carlin's example was rape - imagine Elmer Fudd raping Porky Pig. It's an absurd notion, but funny.

"When Jon was hungry?" Seriously? You think JOn's beached on the comedic shore, fat and happy with his own mirth? Explain that to me using concrete examples and small words so I can't possibly misunderstand you. I think Jon shows on a regular basis that he's plenty hungry. And for all of the right-wing reactionary "what will he talk about without Bush?" questions, he's rather expertly shown that while he leans left, his own self-deprecation doesn't allow him to look at those he admires and ignore their shortcomings.

If you want to complain about bigotry, then you might be right in that if you're a moron, Jon probably won't like you a whole lot. His philosophy is simple - he's a serious person doing an unserious thing. The media are a bunch of unserious people tasked with a very serious thing. I can't count the number of times I saw Sanchez make some poorly timed ad-lib joke that really didn't fit the seriousness of what he was talking about.

Persecution is persecution. Sanchez complaining about being persecuted, followed by a blanket declaration--which is insulting if not anti-semitic--is like complaining that it's too hot in the room and then turning up the temperature. You can have it one way or the other.

Don't crap where you eat, Ricky.

Posted by: Keuric | October 6, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

As a Scotsman I object to Jon whatsisname [who with twenty writers still is not funny] using a good Scottish name for what reason I do not comprehend ,if I was in show business I sure as heck would not use his name.

Posted by: ccraig03 | October 6, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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