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Rick Sanchez leaves CNN after anchor calls Jon Stewart a 'bigot'

Rick Sanchez

Updated, 6:15 p.m.

Rick Sanchez is no longer with CNN after making disparaging comments about Jon Stewart on Pete Dominick's radio show last night. "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.

Read the transcript of Rick Sanchez and Pete Dominick discussing Jon Stewart's prejudice, Jews and the media and the elite Northeast liberal establishment here.

12:50 p.m.

Breaking news: Rick Sanchez does not like being made fun of on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show."

On Pete Dominick's satellite radio show yesterday, the CNN anchor went on a bit of a tirade about the comedian who frequently uses clips of Sanchez on his show. Sanchez called Stewart a "bigot" and prejudicial and then topped it off by suggesting Jews run the media.

Dominick asked Sanchez, "What group is he bigoted towards?" Sanchez replied, "Everybody else who's not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?"

Dominick, who has worked for Stewart in the past, argued with Sanchez and pushed him to provide examples. Sanchez, who is Cuban-American, said that it wasn't fair to call only conservatives bigoted and that Stewart could see things only from a white establishment point of view.

Sanchez eventually takes back the bigot comment during the show but goes on to say, "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."

Here's the audio:

This probably has nothing to do with the fact that Sanchez and CNN trail in ratings behind Fox and MSNBC and sensational comments happen to get people paying attention to your show. (Yes, this blogger feels ashamed for being so easily manipulated.)

Or, perhaps, Sanchez really is bothered by being a comic foil on Stewart's show:

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Comments

Another TV personality who cannot take criticism! What is new!

Posted by: philly3 | October 1, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez replied, "Everybody else who's not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?"


Let's see, among the Daily show correspondents; a black man, a muslim, two Canadians, an asian american woman and an english guy.

Posted by: richmond56 | October 1, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez is a clown. When he was an anchor at the Fox station in Miami (channel 7) the station's "if it bleeds, it leads" mantra was loudly championed by Sanchez.

The only reason he had that job was because he was a "professional cuban" in the Miami market. He was, and still is, a joke.

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

This doesn't shock me. Rick Sanchez just seems like one of those who takes himself too seriously. I didn't realize he was trailing MSNBC. That must suck. Of course, I didn't really realize that he was still on TV.

Posted by: JasonM1 | October 1, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez needs to look in the mirror!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 1, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Pretty ironic use of the word bigot here. I hope CNN is paying close attention to this.

Posted by: sarahabc | October 1, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent example of Rick Sanchez being a dim-witted tool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0ysIUDNFg

This was his attempt to cover the Hawaii tsunami and to converse with a scientist.

Posted by: mediajunky | October 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

There's a simple recipe that Sanchez can use to avoid being a target of Stewart's biting humor in the future: Grow a brain. Utilize some actual context and analysis before you start spewing whatever pap is circulating between your ears. It's not a crime to be smart.

And if this was all because Stewart was a bigot, you'd think he would exempt white establishment fellas like Papa Bear and that pig eyed Mick Sean Hannity. ;)

Posted by: lindsaycurren | October 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I can't remember how many times I've tried to watch Rick because he seems personable enough . . . and then had to turn the station laughing because he either isn't a very thoughtful person or he is grossly uninformed. All I can do is laugh again. hahaha

Posted by: wandering1day | October 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if CNN now considers antisemitism to be acceptable.

Posted by: Burgundy | October 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@lindsaycurren: as another pig-eyed Mick, I must agree entirely with you about my kinsman Hannity. Well said!

Posted by: greyK | October 1, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

(P)Rick Sanchez is overdue for his monthly tasering.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

just wow.
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That sound you're hearing is the door slamming Sanchez's career

Posted by: rpixley220 | October 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

he's cuban-american? if you didn't tell me his last name was sanchez i would have thought he was just 'regular' white.

i'm sure he just been oppressed to no end all throughout his lily white life.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 1, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This will look really, REALLY, good on Rick Sanchez's resume' reel when he applies at FOX.

Come on! He sees former CNN talking head Glenn Beck making $30 million a year spouting a bunch a stuff like this on FOX. You cannot tell me this isn't Rick Sanchez's bid to join-in and get some of that money.

Posted by: noslok | October 1, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to be nice but he's boring.

Posted by: edeckel | October 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This wont hurt sanchez. He killed a man drunk driving and fled the scene and nothing happened (like ted kennedy). When you are a flaming liberal there are never consequences.

Posted by: j751 | October 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Goodness that's whiny. And bigoted. I can't imagine that Sanchez has earned any respect with his rant.

If he loses his job because of this, he'll deserve it.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This wont hurt sanchez. He killed a man drunk driving and fled the scene and nothing happened (like ted kennedy). When you are a flaming liberal there are never consequences.

Posted by: j751 | October 1, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just WOW. We're not laughing at you because you're Cuban. We're laughing at you because a grown man getting tazed is HILARIOUS.

Posted by: WestEndEliz | October 1, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice to know that antisemitic stereotypes are alive & well in the good ol' US of A. This guy is an embarrassment, so I'm sure he'll end up at Fox once CNN cans him.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | October 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

(P)Rick Sanchez is overdue for his monthly tasering.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot AND

Wow. Just WOW. We're not laughing at you because you're Cuban. We're laughing at you because a grown man getting tazed is HILARIOUS.

Posted by: WestEndEliz

*****
I was thinking the same thing - who in their right mind would WANT to get tasered!

I cannot think of the other stupid stunts he's done but the tasering does stick out. Honestly, he makes it really hard to take him seriously....

Posted by: anonymouslurker | October 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Nice to know that antisemitic stereotypes are alive & well in the good ol' US of A. This guy is an embarrassment, so I'm sure he'll end up at Fox once CNN cans him."

In fact, this was his interview for the new pseudo-hispanic position at fox.

Posted by: eezmamata | October 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Aw, come on, lay off Ricki; he's really cute. Just remember, if he weren't a Cuban fellow on CNN trying to pick up the Miami demographic, he'd be just another blonde girlie reading (?) for Fox News.

Posted by: mini2 | October 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sanchez may be a fine person, but his show on CNN is embarrassing, especially his off-teleprompter comments. I just cannot watch.

Whoever gave him a show is partially responsible for the plummeting ratings and demise of CNN. I can't believe they keep Sanchez and other highly visible people.

We need an alternative to MSNBC's and Fox's Hate TV programs. CNN isn't providing it.

Posted by: llrllr1 | October 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If Stewart is a bigot I'm not sure who he is bigoted against since he is an equal opportunity offender. This is one of the reasons why I’m a fan of his show. He lampoons anyone.

Fortunately for his viewers and unfortunately for him Sanchez has given Stewart plenty of material. Including this rant.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 1, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jhorstma | October 1, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Rick who???

Posted by: Jumpy66 | October 1, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

While he was at it, he also trashed "everybody" in the leadership of his own network for being "a lot like Stewart"? Does he still have a job?

Posted by: fmjk | October 1, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez is one of the most idiotic people in the news... CNN should be ashamed to have him.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 1, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

CNN is really hurting these days. Sanchez is a prime example. He's got to be the worst talent from both an intelligence and entertainment perspective in cable news today.

Sadly, I think he's still a ratings upgrade from CNN's other 8pm failure--Roland Martin. He wasn't much better.

Posted by: CJArlington | October 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"that someone of my ilk, is almost at his level"
WOW- this just proves what I've always thought of Sanchez and how full of himself he is. He is not and never will be anywhere near Jon Stewart's "level."

Posted by: berta1 | October 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"It will be interesting to see if CNN now considers antisemitism to be acceptable."

"Nice to know that antisemitic stereotypes are alive & well in the good ol' US of A. This guy is an embarrassment, so I'm sure he'll end up at Fox once CNN cans him."


1. Jews are heavily represented in the media. That is just a fact. I'm no fan of Rick "Dirty" Sanchez, who manages to only achieve a 2nd rate synergy in smugness and stupidity compared to the true masters, such as O'Reilly and Maddow and Bill Mahre. But calling that antisemitic is like calling someone racist for noting there sure are a lot of black players in the NBA.

2. "Surrounding himself with people like him" - does come across as some bias from Dirty Sanchez.

3. I doubt Fox would take the guy. I doubt even MSNBC would take the guy. What's the place Nancy Grace was outsourced to? The one with the Gloria Allred show? They might take him.
Fox probably could use a little housecleaning, maybe Hannity and a vacuous blonde or two....but jeez....look at the talent pool at CNN and MSNBC. If Fox recruits, it won't be from either of those networks.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 1, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Please CNN, bring back Campbell Brown! This guy is not working. He yells at you. If I wanted yelling, I would watch Fox. This show is awful!

Posted by: sb0457 | October 1, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Another intelligent name calling jerk!

Posted by: interactingdc | October 1, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez seems to not be an honest voice. He never lets facts get between him and what he calls a "good story."

I have no respect for him.

He will never be invited into my home.

But I could say that about Stewart, too.

Too clever by half and no integrity at all.

A pox on all these talking heads.


Where did their integrity go?

Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree somewhat with with Sanchez says in terms of who controls the media---there is a real lack of objectivity and critical thinking on all of the networks...However, maybe Jon Stewart wouldn't make fun of Rick if he weren't such an east target...His show is dull and so is he...

Posted by: mykaladrian | October 1, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Just checked the Spanish-English dictionary..."Sanchez" is a slang reference to "has been."

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | October 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez had sex with Snooki while wearing a Snuggie. He was never sentenced 'cause he's a liberal, commie media dude.

Posted by: cleanfront | October 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Well all kidding aside our Country is not reporting the Texas Border Murder & Attempted murder of American husband an wife on Falcon Lake Texas that borders Mexico. This happened 10-30-2010. They were on seadoo jet skis when they strayed just into the Mexico side when they were being fired at by a spray of bullets coming at them from two boats chasing them into USA side all the while still shooting. The 30 year old husband was shot in the head dead when the wife tried to go back an get her husband they kept shooting at her she had to leave his body. Now no one can find the body. Why is our Government keeping this hush hush an not reporting this on the National News Media? This is why Arizonia New Mexico an San Diego Ca Need Border Control by Military to protect American Citizens within our own Borders!

Posted by: JWTX | October 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

According to Wikipedi:

In 1990 Rick Sanchez hit and paralyzed a pedestrian with his car while he was driving under the influence.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez is a perfect example of today's media climate, in which our "news" is delivered to us by cute cheerleaders, male and female, chosen for their glistening smiles and effervescent personalities without regard for the fact that their intellectual curiosity and knowledge of history amount to nothing more than a black hole. The embarrassing "news as entertainment" concept has taken hold, and Sanchez's brand of vacuous stupidity will continue to permeate our national psyche like a cancer, I am afraid, for a long time. Many of the burning issues threatening our nation's existence will not be deemed worthy of a 30-second reference, much less a pro-and-con dialogue, anywhere on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, CBS or ABC, because they cannot be produced as "entertainment." Sanchez is just one example of the simple-minded, "Jersey Shore" approach employed by the television media outlets as they sink to new depths in "dumbing down" the American public.

Posted by: fighterjock102 | October 1, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

rlj1 wrote: "If Stewart is a bigot, I'm not sure who[m] he is bigoted against, since he is an equal opportunity offender. This is one of the reasons why I’m a fan of his show. He lampoons [every]one. Fortunately for [Stewart's] viewers, and unfortunately for him[self], Sanchez has given Stewart plenty of material. Including this rant."

Thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth. This will give me even more reason to look forward to the next Daily Show on Monday night; I'm sure Jon Stewart will have a wonderful take on this!

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 1, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly Rick "Dirty" Sanchez's Cuban exile parents regret not leaving their dumb hard-Lefty son back in Cuba with Fidel.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 1, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Along with the latest James O'Keefe attempted scam, CNN is having quite a day!

Of course, they're not talking about it.

Posted by: rogied25 | October 1, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Is he really being beaten in the ratings by MSNBC?
No wonder he is bitter. What an obnoxious jerk.
It's not Jon Stewart's fault that you are a dim bulb, have unpopular opinions and absolutely no insight on any topic that would remotely hold anyone's interest.
Maybe the geniuses at CNN thought he would bring in great ratings due to our "changing" demographics. Not so much.

Posted by: menopausequeen | October 1, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Well all kidding aside our Country is not reporting the Texas Border Murder & Attempted murder of American husband an wife on Falcon Lake Texas that borders Mexico. This happened 10-30-2010. They were on seadoo jet skis when they strayed just into the Mexico side when they were being fired at by a spray of bullets coming at them from two boats chasing them into USA side all the while still shooting. The 30 year old husband was shot in the head dead when the wife tried to go back an get her husband they kept shooting at her she had to leave his body. Now no one can find the body. Why is our Government keeping this hush hush an not reporting this on the National News Media? This is why Arizonia New Mexico an San Diego Ca Need Border Control by Military to protect American Citizens within our own Borders!

Posted by: JWTX
* * *
Well, I just couldn't let this pile of steaming nonfacts go unchallenged. First of all, it happened on 10/1, NOT 10/30. Second, the couple WERE IN MEXICAN WATERS, so "border protection" wouldn't have done them a darn bit of good. Third, the news about this is easily found on CBS, Fox, Yahoo News . . . need I go on? Why don't you take your paranoid self back into your mama's basement and stop mouthing off on things about which you apparently know nothing.

Wait, are you Rick Sanchez?!

Posted by: 7900rmc | October 1, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I was a regular viewer of CNN, until I witnessed the transformation of that previously reliable and responsible cable news network into a source of flagrantly misguided statements and viewpoints by one of its anchors, Rick Sanchez. It was not merely a few segments of Mr. Sanchez' broadcasts that resulted in my discontinuation as a CNN subscriber, but, rather, a protracted period of observing his unprofessional, rude and very biased reporting. Several months ago, I took the time to compose and send to him a very detailed and thoughtful letter on a controversial issue, on which he had elected to share his extremely slanted opinion on his show, only to receive no response from him--despite CNN's acknowledgement of the letter's receipt!

Although I don't care for Jon Stewart, I found Mr. Sanchez' attitude and statements, during Pete Dominick's satellite radio show interview, to be outrageous, inflammatory, short-sighted and self-centered. Unfortunately, that boorish and self-absorbed type of conduct was reflective of that to which I was subjected, when I was a regular member of Mr. Sanchez' viewing audience. Finally, his lack of professionalism, as well as his unbalanced and divisive reporting and the "chip on his shoulder," simply became too offensive and uninformative for me to endure any longer. I am neither anti-Hispanic (having many friends of Latin heritage), a bigot, nor a member of the right-wing of the GOP, but, I shall continue to boycott CNN until that network finds a more suitable position for Mr. Sanchez, which would, in turn, serve CNN well in restoring its credibility as a viable and impartial source of world and domestic news.

Posted by: umterpfan77 | October 1, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Good for CNN. Glad to see they have some journalistic integrity. Refreshing in this day and age. If Fox "News" were to fire its people who make false and defamatory statements, the building would be empty.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 1, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Jews have enslaved America. Rick is just pointing out the OBVIOUS.

Posted by: rankcon | October 1, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The average IQ of CNN anchors has just risen considerably.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 1, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I have no opinion on his comments but always preferred the hard news of Wolf Blitzer to the glib smugness and quasi entertainment of Rick Sanchez. CNN took Wolf out for one hours and replaced him with Rick Sanchez to try to turn around ratings. But then I switched it off to go to Fox during the 3 to 6 time slot. CNN is the best because they focus only on news whereas the others sell opinion. I can form my own opinions thank you. That said I hope they put Wolf back and not worry about competing with the vitriol of MSNBC and FOX. Educated people need something to listen too.

Posted by: werowe1 | October 1, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he really aired it out and was pretty obviously off the deep end when talking about the "racial profiling" by Stewart. Others like Anderson Cooper have a better grasp of issues without the snarkiness. He just went too far and was unprofessional.

Posted by: cadam72 | October 1, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. I don't think he can get work on the Jersey Shore now since everyone knows he's an even more useless human being than Snooki and The Situation.

Posted by: bbface21 | October 1, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez doesn't seem to recognize that Stewart and Colbert are COMEDIANS! Sorry, but your manager was right. You aren't anchor material, and that has nothing to do with the color of your skin, and everything to do with the vacant space between your ears.

Posted by: capital_tee | October 1, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, it was easy to see this happening. Sanchez is a smart guy, but he loves to hear himself talk. He loved little catchy phrases like "I'll see you on the other side," and between him and Wolf Blowhard Blitzer, the backpatting was so severe that they probably have welts on their shoulderblades. He really hacked me off teasing little news items that then wouldn't be presented for 45 minutes.
His point that there is bigotry on the left is valid, though not nearly as bad as on the right, but he's choosing the wrong target in Jon Stewart. I don't think Stewart is as funny as the rest of the world does, but he presents an interesting show and certainly has a broader variety of guests that any other daily talk show. And he actually lets them talk, and he doesn't hide where he's coming from.

Posted by: stmr | October 1, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Who was Rick Sanchez?

Posted by: twann9852 | October 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Didn't like him. Won't miss him. He's a dikweed.

Posted by: mitlen | October 1, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez is a jackass. He and his parents can burn in hell.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 1, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, I'd be VERY careful if I was pedestrian on the streets of Atlanta tonight.

Posted by: ugottabkiddin | October 1, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. "Leaves" must be the new soft, cuddly and progressive euphemism for getting fired.

Posted by: bandmom22 | October 1, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, Rick. I've always thought you were a lightweight, but now you've crossed the line into being an idiot. What in the world were you thinking?

Posted by: mtskins | October 1, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

BIG DEAL, NO LOSS. IT WILL SOON BE APPARENT TO ALL VIEWERS THAT FOX IS SO FAR SUPERIOR IN TALENT TO ALL OTHER STATIONS THAT THEY SHOULD FOLD ALL OF THEIR SHOWS AND GIVE THE MONEY TO CHARITY.

Posted by: MALBENNET | October 1, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

True story: I was walking through the St Louis airport three days ago and there was a television broadcast (which I couldn't see) playing in the background. It was some news anchor alternately whining, snickering, and trying to sound clever while delivering absolutely inane and uninformed commentary about a number of foreign and domestic issues. When I finally got a look at the source of the drivel, it's CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.

Good-bye, Rick Sanchez. You're a pathetic idiot and won't be missed. All Jon Stewart ever needed to do was replay your CNN clips and make incredulous expressions. Anyone with a double-digit IQ could figure out the rest.

Posted by: micron26 | October 1, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Within a week he'll have a nice new slot at Fox news, where with his lack of intellectual mettle he'll be a much better fit. I can just imagine a Beck/Sanchez history fiction lesson. Now that's entertainment of the weirdest variety.

Posted by: gottabeanon1 | October 1, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

You know, as an occasional cable news viewer, I think I'll watch a little more CNN, after this.

As a Jew, I realize that Mr. Sanchez is welcome to his beliefs, as misguided and unproductive as some of them might be. I don't begrudge him anything in that regard. I do believe that he chose to air some of those most misguided and unproductive beliefs in a candid manner, in a very public forum. That, too, is his right. I don't feel slighted in the least by him making that choice.

His employer, seeing that it would be difficult to have him continue to work with their company, which also offered Mr. Sanchez a very public forum in which to speak (mostly on or about topics of CNN's choosing), thought that it would be very very bad for business to continue to offer him that work, and that forum. It's unfortunate for Mr. Sanchez, and I'm always sorry to see someone get fired, but he easily (and very greatly) increased the odds of it happening, all by himself.

As someone who spends much of my spare time paying attention to various news outlets, I'm glad that CNN decided to make the decision. It demonstrates a certain kind of integrity that I find refreshing. They must realize that having their people openly sharing their misguided, unproductive stereotypes is not a great way to build and keep a broad audience. I hope very much that all cable news networks keep and will keep the same standard in such high regard.

Posted by: ninjagin | October 1, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Rick will now call his attorney, file a lawsuit, and be disappointed to discover that idiots aren't a minority either.

Posted by: jpdemers | October 1, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

kenk3 said, "The average IQ of CNN anchors has just risen considerably."

And now Sanchez can get a job at Foxnews and raise the average IQ there. Win win!

Posted by: imback | October 1, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

@gottabeanon1: "I can just imagine a Beck/Sanchez history fiction lesson."

Ouch! The very thought is making my brain bleed.

Posted by: jpdemers | October 1, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez is an idiot and he should have been fired long time ago. I find white Cubanos/Hispanics like Rick Sanchez to be racist towards U.S. blacks and Afro Latinos/Cubanos. I have experience racism from many white Cubanos in Miami.

You see, Hispanic/Latino is not a race. It's an ethnicity and Hispanics/Latinos can come in different races. Unfortunately, white Hispanics or white Cubans like Rick Sanchez and Desi Arnez will always be accepted by whites in America.

Good riddance to Rick Sanchez. He's one of the reasons I stopped watching CNN.

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 1, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez is a jackass. He and his parents can burn in hell.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 1, 2010 7:09 PM

LOL@Bitter_Bill

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 1, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I wish Rick well in whatever he does next.

Second, I just hope it's not in front of the camera, because he had no business in a position that regularly let him off the scripted leash. Others have already laid out the reasons why, so there's no reason to go over them again.

Third, I'm guessing that the percentage of viewers who thought of him as a "hispanic anchor" would have been a tiny fraction of what it actually was had he not beat this idea into the brains of his audience day after day after day... An especially insipid segment of his show was gratuitously called "Photos del Dia", and came complete with a latin musical theme; he never missed a chance to exchange, again gratuitously, a few words in Spanish with other Spanish speakers on his show; nor did he ever let an opportunity to mention that he's Cuban-American pass him by. This, from a man who I never would have pegged as non-white if I'd been asked to guess. I would've probably said that his parents (or perhaps just his dad) were from Spain. Not that this matters one way or the other in ordinary circumstances, but he's the one who's made an issue of it for no sensible reason whatsoever.

Sadly, CNN didn't care that his tenure was an insult to its audience and only fired him after he made some insensitive and inappropriate comments on someone else's show. I'm reminded that the feds finally got Al Capone for tax evasion.

And, sadly (for us and for CNN), I have no reason to believe that his replacement will be any less an insult.

Posted by: jleatherhead | October 1, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is certainly over-rated both as a comic and as an intellectual. But I've never noted any sort of ethnic / racial / religious bigotry in him. His bigotry is the usual sort, an overconfidence in his own point of view and a willful ignorance and disdain for the viewpoints of others.

Posted by: robert17 | October 1, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Irony. The man was attempting to provide evidence of Stewart's bigotry, and in so doing, demonstrated his own anti-Semetic prejudices.

Perhaps Sanchez was simply putting together an audition tape in an effort to get hired by FOX News ..

Posted by: labman57 | October 1, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like he had a job offer but could not get out of his contract with CNN, so he gave them reason to let him out of it. Expect to see him on another network, and before November. I think a Beck-like show on Fox where he can rant to a cult following.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 1, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

How about these Rick Sanchez gems about hostage-taker James Lee (inspired by Al Gore's movie) at the Discovery Channel about a month ago:

Sanchez- "He’s a bit of an activist, a guy who truly believes, seemingly, in his heart that he needs to do all he can to save the planet. Most watching this would argue he may have taken it way too far on this day by endangering the lives of people in this building, as he seems to be doing right now.

This man was more than an activist. He truly believed so much in saving the planet that he seemed, at least on this day, willing to put the lives, if not kill other human beings."

Posted by: Hembo | October 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez is an alcoholic, look at his DUI history while he was a broadcaster in Miami.
Looks like his drinking finally caught up with him.

Posted by: spinebob1 | October 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Paranoid? Anti-semantic? A bigot calling a bigot a bigot? Or just a total nut case?

Posted by: Lazarus2010 | October 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for Rick Sanchez. I liked his show, where he tried to offer something different, with a bit of humor thrown in. Several times he confronted both conservatives and liberals who made comments as though they were well accepted truths to explain those comments, challenging their comfortable views. The irony is that had Sanchez been in Pete Dominick's chair he would have challenged the statements. There's no question that Sanchez had to leave but I will miss him.

Posted by: HarryR | October 1, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes in life people see themselves as being something they are not and having abilities they do not actually possess. On occasion people of this sort look to blame their inability to achieve goals on facts they have created themselves through a deductive reasoning that has been processed without the added components of their own shortcomings. Even people who have obtained above average success in their professional life will do this because their success is relative to a bar the have set higher than it should be.

(@ZAMERICANVOICE

Posted by: ouramericatoday | October 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I wondered if the lede would get written this way!

Sanchez did not get fired for calling Jon Stewart a bigot.

He got fired for saying CNN is run by Jews!

Posted by: BurfordHolly | October 1, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

It's funny listening to this guy...My 10 year old went thru something like this with bully- Wow, the media bullying seems a bit harsher thou, if your teenager tunes in I cannot begin to imagine the conversations at home or school must be like...Ouch!!
I wonder what Jesus would say about John Stewart, Bill Maher, and all the other comedic sources that make fun of him.

This guy is just to funny but I can't help but to pity him.

Posted by: jovida_diaz | October 2, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez should have realized that there ARE no bigoted Democrats:
http://gravelle.us/content/fact-there-are-no-bigoted-democrats

After all, if liberals were bigots, they'd elect Klansmen:
http://www.dailyscoff.com/?p=2659


-jjg

Posted by: jgravelle | October 2, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I have occasionally turned on CNN thinking I would find news and there was Sanchez and Ric's List. This guy is a disgrace. I couldn't get to the remote quickly enough to turn him off. I am no fan of Glen Beck but he was right when he said Sanchez was the dumbest man on television.

He was fired because he is a non-professional, not interesting and not accurate. The "bigot" incident just gave CNN brass a concrete reason.

Fox is too news savvy to hire Sanchez. They have one disgrace - Beck. They do not need another.

I don't know what other talents Sanchez has but it is not broadcast journalism.

Posted by: Kansas28 | October 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Fox is too news savvy to hire Sanchez. They have one disgrace - Beck. They do not need another.

I don't know what other talents Sanchez has but it is not broadcast journalism.
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Glen Beck is a flawed guy. What happened though at Fox was they found he struck a huge "Tea Party" chord the other media had dismissed or belittled when he played guest host.
While Anderson Cooper and barely watched Rachel Maddow were smirking about "ignorant tea baggers" the Fox execs saw them pouring in the 100s of thousands to watch Beck.
That led to his own show, and I think the 2nd highest viewership on cable talk TV.

Yes, sneer away. Just like I do at Fox Entertainments rating blockbusters like 21 and American Idol. But you want toget big, it's all about the ratings, baby!

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez was nothing but a dopey pretty-boy.

Posted by: jeadpt | October 4, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is elitist, opinionated, and often not very funny. He has no tolerance for anything but a far left perspective, and takes his own fake news far too seriously.

His skit on Sanchez, however WAS funny.

Posted by: Benson | October 4, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Somebody said
"We need an alternative to MSNBC's and Fox's Hate TV programs. CNN isn't providing it."

Try PBS/NPR for size. It's been around for decades and is the only classy, reliable and trustworthy source of information and analysis in the entire American electronic media spectrum. Watch out though, they use multi-syllabic English and don't have Kens and Barbies reading the news.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 4, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"While Anderson Cooper and barely watched Rachel Maddow were smirking about "ignorant tea baggers" the Fox execs saw them pouring in the 100s of thousands to watch Beck.
That led to his own show, and I think the 2nd highest viewership on cable talk TV."
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OK, then, that makes Beck fluffy and cuddly and smart. Thousands of idiots pouring thousands of dollars somewhere. Hey, Maddow - if you're so smart, how come you ain't rich? Huh?

Posters like these is what they call "The Ugly American" in Europe.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 4, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart belittles others on his show, and many in his audience snicker too because it makes them all feel superior. Most people grow out of that stage once they leave middle school. Snicker.

Posted by: sailhardy | October 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

This is too funny. I grew up in the USSR where you had to learn to read between the lines of the official news sources in order to get some idea of what's really going on.
Here I find myself in the supposedly democratic America, many years later, using the very same skill to decipher news from propaganda, commercial or political.
Do any of you schmucks realize how mind-blowing this is?

Posted by: VMR1 | October 4, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Stewart belittles everyone who has opinions that don't agree with his.

He's a lot like Maddow or Olbermann, only he's on a fake comedy show.

He just wishes he had Colbert's talent.

Posted by: Benson | October 4, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, white Hispanics or white Cubans like Rick Sanchez and Desi Arnez will always be accepted by whites in America."
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Why unfortunately? What's wrong with Desi Arnaz? Rick Sanchez is an idiot, so no normal company should accept him, regardless of race. BTW, if you haven't noticed, we have a half-black President. Oh, and BTW, you have a residual chip on your shoulder.
Have you been playing hooky from school and now looking for someone to blame?

Posted by: VMR1 | October 4, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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