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Stewart-Sanchez smackdown!

Boy, you call that Jon Stewart a bigot, he punches back!

Well, maybe punch is a bit strong.

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Stewart struck back Monday night. (AP)

Stewart poked back at Rick Sanchez over the ex-CNN anchor's "extremely pokable show." You had a sense that Jon wanted to get his licks in but was wary of kicking an overcaffeinated television personality when he's down.

The Comedy Central funnyman did allow himself a serious point: Sanchez, in his radio rant against Jews last week, suggested that Stewart had a coddled upbringing in suburban New Jersey. Sure, said Jon, whose parents were divorced when he was young, "the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field."

It would be a tad unfair to play clips mocking a man who just lost his job, Stewart indicated -- but then he did anyway. In fact, he admitted that he regretted the "Daily Show" doesn't air on Fridays and he had to wait until after the weekend to fire -- ah, slap -- back.

Then Stewart played a clip of himself at a weekend taping for a fundraiser, taking a mild jab at Sanchez -- and derided the media for its breathless coverage: "Stewart Slams Rick Sanchez" (New York Daily News) and similar headlines (like my post-ironic one above).

If CNN fired Sanchez "for making some intemperate statements and some banal Jew-baiting, I gotta tell you, I'm not even sure Sanchez believes what he was saying," Stewart allowed. He then played a clip of the Cuban-born Sanchez denouncing bigotry. So after several twists and turns, he took the high road, sort of.

As for Sanchez, he of the zillions of Twitter followers, radio silence. But according to one report, his wife posted the following on her Facebook page:

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.

I'll say.

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Earlier: CNN fires Rick Sanchez after radio rant

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Stewart's a class act. Stewart actually defended Sanchez at the end of his monologue by showing a clip of Sanchez ripping into a skin head for being anti-Semitic & saying that's what he thinks Sanchez really believed.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Return to Sanity - October 30th - DC Mall

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Years ago there was a prominent member of the communist party usa whose name was Lovestone. That surname was derived from the original Liebstein. Which is Jon Stewart real name. Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact?

Posted by: mhr614 | October 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Oy and Vey!

Posted by: password11 | October 5, 2010 10:27 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 pundits like 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 10:27 AM | Report abuse

@mhr614 -- not at all anti-semitic to point that out. But what does it have to with Jon Stewart? My mother's last name is McVeigh... same as the OKC bomber.... OH NO! Seriously, what are you talking about?

Posted by: OldNumber3 | October 5, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

" . . . anti-semetic . . . ", mhr614?

Nah, just non-relevant.

Posted by: bmschumacher | October 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I thought Jon Stewart was as tackful and gracious as could be expected, given the circumstances. Stewart is cerebral while Sanchez is emotional.

However, Stewart's comparison of Sanchez to Carell on The Office, while brilliant, was hardly a "smackdown" Mr. Kurtz.

Posted by: VAreader | October 5, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

mhr614 @ 10:22 AM,

Jon Stewart's birth name is Liebowitz, not Liebstein, which sort of ruins your whole stupid theory.

He has legally changed his name, so "Jon Stewart" is his real name.

Posted by: tracymohr | October 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Years ago there was a prominent member of the communist party usa whose name was Lovestone. That surname was derived from the original Liebstein. Which is Jon Stewart real name. Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact?"
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No, just stupid and irrelevant.

Posted by: donquixote3 | October 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Among other things -- such as the utter irrelevance to this discussion of the presence of a Jewish person in the Communist Party USA many decade ago -- "Liebstein" isn't Jon Stewart's last name. He was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz. He isn't the first person, nor will he be the last, to change his name for show biz.

Posted by: AlexRemington | October 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

A dispute between the court jester and a town crier, reported by the local rag--evolution?

Posted by: EliPeyton | October 5, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Even calling this reponse part of a smackdown shows Howie is just like the sensationalists he carps about.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | October 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Both Stewart and Colbert hide their bigotry and hatred behind their infantile prattle.


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

This is exactly the problem with America today. People with no brains and half brains. Ignorant people who will NEVER bother educating themselves properly about the subject of discourse before diving headlong into conversations. Dimwits like 'oldnumber3' who can't even undertake the simplest of researches before hastily spewing garbage. Yes, it's numbskulls like that that have taken over America. All of a sudden, attending Harvard which I'd thought was one of symbols of America's educational excellence is now 'elitist' and a liability. And the Sarah Palins are now the 'real' Americans. And yet, they complain that the standard of education is falling. Interesting.

Posted by: stevenwagbo | October 5, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

But there are a lot of Jews in the upper ranks of the owners and operators of the major media and entertainment companies. It's not Jew-baiting or anti-Semetic to point out a fact nowadays is it? Are there media and entertainment companies where this isn't true? Sure, but they're the exception.

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

mhr614 said: Years ago there was a prominent member of the communist party usa whose name was Lovestone. That surname was derived from the original Liebstein. Which is Jon Stewart real name. Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact?
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I am not sure you are anti-semitic, but this is one of the more idiotic posts I have seen. What difference does it make that someone with the same name was a (ooh!) "communist"? How low can you go?

Posted by: alamo2 | October 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@borntoraisehogs - clearly you are not even reading the original post/article before commenting on it.

"Then Stewart ... derided the media for its breathless coverage: "Stewart Slams Rick Sanchez" (New York Daily News) and similar headlines (like my post-ironic one above)."

Fake-sensationalism > Uninformed-bashing

Posted by: amitparikh | October 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact? "

Uh, probably because it bares absolutely no relevance to anything. So, you most likely have a hidden agenda at work...

Posted by: lightgrw | October 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@stevenwagbo -- I think you are lacking in basic reading comprehension or just got confused by the comments. What did I say that would indicate I'm a dimwit? We're clearly on the same side here, I was calling out the moron above me who thought it was relevant to bring up some figure with the same (though apparently not) last name as Stewart.

I'll understand if you don't respond, because you look pretty stupid here.

Posted by: OldNumber3 | October 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting that when Jews joke about Jews running Hollywood, it's humor, but when non-Jews reference this, they get fired.

Kind of like when African Americans use the n-word.

Is this a double standard?

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse


Both Stewart and Colbert hide their bigotry and hatred behind their infantile prattle.
Posted by: Jerzy
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Faux Ha!

Keep Fear Alive - October 30th - DC Mall

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@Benson who noted Stewart is "only occasionally funny".

Sir, let me tell you something. You are 100% right in all the OTHER things you noted, i.e. his target audience being liberals while attacking the conservative right, that he's not a real news man, and so on. I could not agree more - and realize his show is entertainment and not to be taken too seriously.

But don't you DARE say he's "occasionally" funny. He's almost always hilarious be it with the witty writing, his silly faces, the over the top manic bufoonery or the very often understated stiff upper lip backwards handed rim shots and observations. The man makes people laugh, as well as expand their brains to never accept the status quo and always find humor in situations. He mocks himself as often as he mocks the so called newsmakers who collectively write his show for him by their own ineptitude and absurd behaviors.

Funny, he is! In touch with reality, you are not!

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Stewart's a class act?

He's more of a whoopie cushion guy.

Class? No way.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I love it: Extreme liberal against extreme liberal. Sanchez is a typical liberal. Only his opinion matters. Everyone else is stupid. And you have that female anchor on MSNBC at night, what's her name. Wow! Is she in another world? What's amazing is that these types are making fun of us: Republicans, Tea Party members, etc. Don't they watch their own shows?

Posted by: georges2 | October 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I doubt Stewart would call himself classy. That ain't his schtick.

Anyway, what's with the headline for this Kurtz entry? It is EXACTLY what Stewart was mocking last night. "Smackdown?" That's a pointless exaggeration of what is little more than teasing.

Posted by: brickerd | October 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@mhr614
Stewart points out his Jewish background all the time. He has also mentioned his families' original name numerous times.
Obviously, you need to turn off Faux News and try watching the hilarious Stewart show.

Btw, pointing out Stewart's religion is obviously not anti-Semetic. Calling him a bigot and claiming that Jews control the media? Yeah, that's bigoted.

Posted by: Bobller | October 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@JimGoldbloomVA,

I don't find Stewart particularly funny most of the time. He's more like a tongue-in-cheek Maddow or Olbermann, with some little boy antics up his sleeve. He's more of a three stooges, naughty humor type. He has some moderately humorous skits on his show.

Colbert, on the other hand, has me in stitches. That guy is a riot, and one of the wittiest people on TV.

I'd vote Colbert funnier than Stewart any day of the week.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

~

If the general population is aggravated that "the Jews" are running media companies -- and many other prominent American companies, I might add -- they can do what "the Jews" do and then their children can run prominent American companies.

Here's their secret: make sure that your kids go to school every day, with a good night's rest and nutritious food.

Make sure that your kids do hours and hours of homework EVERY night, with no television, internet surfing, etc.

Drill your kids on spelling, multiplication tables and reading. Help them develop their minds.

America is still a meritocracy. If you work really, really hard, for a really long time, you too can make it.

Seriously.

~

Posted by: DickeyFuller | October 5, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

~

And by the way, Mr. Sanchez got what he deserved.

He overplayed everything without, seemingly, realizing that he was doing it.

I'm sure he's a very nice man but, to me, he did not come across as being all that bright. And it had nothing to do with his being born in Cuba.

He was one of the reasons that I stopped watching CNN. But CNN was never the same after Jonathan Klein came in and forced out Aaron Brown in 2005.

~


Posted by: DickeyFuller | October 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz on CNN is about as dense and square a news actor as you will find. What focus group came up with this dull-as-drain-water talking head?

Sanchez was a good thing as a CNN clown (and he was a clown,) but a pariah now, for noting that the station is staffed with a preponderance of Jews far beyond what normal hiring practices would create. Helen Thomas redux?

Sanchez, as I heard it (and cut at Stewart aside,) noted Jews are not disadvantaged, at least not at CNN. Boom, gone. Well he sucked anyway, but let's not be repeating the bs that he stated something anti Jew.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | October 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

To ronjaboy: Not anti-Semitic to state a fact, but are you implying that the Jews who work in the companies are somehow in cahoots and/or discriminate against non-Jews? That WOULD be anti-Semitic, as well as plain stupid. And if you're not implying that, then why not point out that there are a certain number of left-handed people, or people whose last names begin with Q, who work at these companies?

Posted by: Dan4 | October 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I once had a Jewish boyfriend (1960s) who boasted of his California relatives "why, Jews practically own Hollywood", he said. Things could have changed, but it doesn't appear that way except now anyone is forbidden to say it. Political correctness protecting the obvious.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Rick Sanchez was really hitting his stride with CNN. It's too bad he kept getting hammered by the lovable left. They just sit there and flail away at journalists and commentators who are in the middle or more conservative.

Who will they go after next, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's "Morning Joe?" Joe's got a great show and here's hoping the Beautiful Left won't try to trash it with repeated attacks week after week.

David P. McKnight
Durham, N.C.

Posted by: Proctor2 | October 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Dan4 - Duh! How do YOU explain that far more Jews work at CNN than statistics would indicate would work there if hiring were fair?

To suggest that a business full of one sort of culture would tend to maintain that culture says SOMETHING ABOUT THAT CULTURE, not something about the person doing the observation!

By your standards Jews are some special group without the typical faults of self interest the rest of us have. Not only is the news delivered at CNN preponderantly by Jews, they have at least two husband and wife teams with those coveted spots, and that is ridiculous from a professional point of view.

Tell me non Jews can't read severely edited news pieces, or some other reason that explains the skewed employment stats.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | October 5, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"But don't you DARE say he's "occasionally" funny. "

No, @Benson is right. Stewart is only occasionally funny. He's basically a hateful left wing ideologue that hides his bias behind humor.

Posted by: princeps2 | October 5, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Please, Jews are some of the world's biggest bigots

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | October 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

It's not Jew-baiting or anti-Semitic to point out the fact that Jews are well-represented in certain industries. What's disturbing is the assertion (or unstated assumption) that those Jews are up to something nefarious.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

People who read prepared scripts for a living from teleprompters should never speak extemporaneously. Hasn't Obama taught them anything?

Posted by: 54465446 | October 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@Benson - sorry, if you don't find the Three Stooges funny you really live a secluded, sad existence. I find it interesting you like Colbert (so do I, and have, since his beginnings on Stewart's show) and took to note the "witty" aspect of his humor. I mentioned that in my comments as well about Stewart. If you don't think the writing is intelligent and witty on Stewart's show, the one that Colbert spun off of, you really are lost in space.

And as to princeps2 who noted "[Stewart is] basically a hateful left wing ideologue that hides his bias behind humor." - I agree as to your view of his politics, and I said basically the same in my original comment to Benson. However, Steward really doesn't HIDE a darned thing, he's right out with it, in full force, every night! And it's always presented in a comical way, regardless of the platform, party or whoever might get in the way of his satire. In other words, if you are intellectually mired by his political leanings (as we all are for our own beliefs) and base that as your reason to hold back on laughing about it, maybe you and Benson need to mature a bit and recognize political satire need not require political party swinging or change in thought from the audience. Just enjoy!

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@Benson: Yes, of course it's a double standard. But it's to be expected. Words and arguments have different meanings and weights depending on the context and the history of those saying those words. A white man using the n-word brings back the history of slavery and Jim Crow and lynchings and all that, while if two black people use the word between themselves, it doesn't have that horrid history. Jews too have been historically discriminated against, so trotting out the old conspiracies about Jewish control of the media brings to mind similar conspiratorial rumors used by the Nazis, the Russians, and others to persecute Jewish people. Sure, there are a lot of powerful Jewish people, but that's because their culture prizes hard work; Sanchez was suggesting that Jewish people had it easy in the media because they helped each other out.

Posted by: rj2835a | October 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

99% of Cuban Americans are anticommunists but not Sanchez??

Castro indoctrinated me thinks!!


Good Riddance!

Posted by: jjcrocket14 | October 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

mhr614 @ 10:22 AM,

Jon Stewart's birth name is Liebowitz, not Liebstein, which sort of ruins your whole stupid theory.

He has legally changed his name, so "Jon Stewart" is his real name.

Posted by: tracymohr
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funny how idoits rarely get things right when trying to be "ah so witty"//

Posted by: newagent99 | October 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

So is it ok to say that 43 out of 44 presidents have been Protestant, and that every new session of Congress since the start of the country has also been majority protestant, some alsomost exclusively so?

Posted by: 54465446 | October 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

part of what makes Jon Stewart so funny is that he lets his opponents do the talking for him.

Moreover, he does plenty of attacks on Democrats. He ripped a liberal ad likening a conservative candidate to the Taliban. His rally is aimed at sane people across the ideological spectrum (I have many conservative friends attending his rally). He recognises he is a comedian. He doesn't assume that he is an actual newsman. That assumption is only taken by idiots who can't think for themselves and turn either to him or Fox news commentators for guidance.

Plus, I'm a Jew, where's my cut of media control?

Posted by: j762 | October 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Well ..
What i want to know, what is it that Rick said that was inaccurate?

Stewart is a bigot?!!
The media is all like Stewart?!
The Jews are not a minority, they own the media?!

I think if Rick did not say the last one , he would have not been fired...
Answer the last one must be TRUE

Posted by: Kmd1 | October 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Thank you John Stewart for your performance and how you hit back at bigots in such a humorous way.

Posted by: kerryberger | October 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

CNN fired Rick Sanchez because he dared to speak truth to the powerful, vicious Jewish lobby. Of course the Jews control CNN and the entire mainstream media and everyone knows it but cannot say so for fear of being destroyed. CNN fired Octavia Nasr because she praised a deceased Lebanese cleric that Israel and the obnoxious Abe Foxman didn't like. The definition of anti-semite used to be someone who didn't like Jews. Today it is someone whom Jews dislike. There is no freedom of speech at CNN when it comes to Israel or the Jews.

Posted by: raygordon2008 | October 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This is probably the most important article of the day. No, the year. Wait, the decade - the century! I'm going out now to buy a hundred copies. This article will lie next to those of the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, the VJ-Day kiss in Times Square, the Hindenburg, Nixon's resignation, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, of course, Johnny Carson's retirement. Once again, WaPo, you have saved us all with your insight. Thank you.

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

What rubbish from Dirty Sanchez's idiot wife. What a couple of morons. And for the record Rick, if we Jews did control the media, I would not have ever let you get in front of a TV camera, ever.

Posted by: fitzroysq | October 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sigh

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Rick should make an appearance at Stewart's rally so they can hug it out.

Posted by: ozpunk | October 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for Stewart. Even in a comedy setting he gives us more news and transparency than the sanitized, "don't worry about a thing, we'll take care of it" fluff and infotainment from the networks.

Posted by: fluxgirl | October 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If someone had claimed that most media are controlled by Cubans, it probably would not have been criticized as racist.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | October 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

1) Is he trying to imply that divorced parents equate to some type of unfortunate upbringing? What did your father do for a living? Was he around? Did your mom get half after the divorce plus alimony?

2) Racism in the south is blatant and real...In the Northeast, they just divide everyone into socio-economic buckets instead...the result is the same...one person thinking they are better than the next.

Understanding that something exists is not making excuses for failure, it's simply understanding theirs another hurdle you have to jump over to reach the top.

3) Jews have definitely faced oppression in the past, but please don't try to jump into the minority group when you've never faced oppression in the United States and could care less about the other groups in the minority.

4) Sanchez was stupid for bitting the hand that feeds him. If you take a hard look at Wall Street and the media...it's clear who runs the show.

Posted by: DBX00 | October 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Stewart has laid bare his true character: a low life.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant Mexican token versus arrogant leftist psuedo-intellectual smack down. Some jokes just write themselves.

Posted by: carlbatey | October 5, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Stewart grew up in one of the wealthiest and least diverse towns in New Jersey. In addition, NJ teachers do very well. I know. My mother was one for 26 years.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

In your heart, you know he was right.

Posted by: Shabahang | October 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@DBX00: I crunched some numbers a couple of years ago, and the number of hate crimes against Jews because of their religion relative to their population size in the U.S. was huge in comparison to those against Protestants, Catholics, and even bigger than those against Muslims, though not by as much. Just because they're probably treated better in the US than they are in any other country in the world (with the exception of Israel) doesn't mean they don't face discrimination. And back in the early/middle years of the twentieth century, they faced discrimination at least on the level of Irish immigrants, though obviously not like blacks were treated. (FWIW, I'm writing a white Christian male.)

Posted by: rj2835a | October 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The daily show is more news than anything that comes out of Fox. Though Jon uses humor to get the point across, fox uses hate, bigotry to make their point.

Posted by: Realistic5 | October 5, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

In your heart,you know he was right.

Posted by: Shabahang | October 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@carlbatey: Seriously, dude? Sanchez is CUBAN, not MEXICAN. I realize all Latinos probably run together in your mind (such as it is), but in fact they come from many! different! countries!

And, re: my previous post: I meant to write: FWIW, I'm a white Christian male.

Posted by: rj2835a | October 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@JimGoldbloomVA,

It is you who are lost in space.

I was pointing out that there is a difference between the humor of Colbert and Stewart. They both have good writers. One is clearly wittier than the other.

Stewart is an ideologue with comedic writers. It seems more important to him to make some sort of "point", rather than entertain. He often misses on both counts. In guest interviews, he's not smarter, just more of a pundit.

50% of Stewart's jokes are aimed at Fox news, with another 25% aimed at other networks, and most of it is that smug kind of "I'm smarter than them." type humor. It's mean, but often not funny.

Colbert, on the other hand, skewers everyone and everything with the same intensity. Sure, he pokes at the networks, but he can poke fun of every subject. He can poke fun at his guests without them even knowing, and often without really being mean. He can trap a guest using word games in real time. He's quite clever, really.

I suggest you watch Stewart more objectively. Instead of laughing out of ideological agreement, ask yourself if what he is saying is really funny, or just mindless bashing of Fox news. I believe you'll find that while he sometimes has good material, he generally is not that funny.

Humor is a personal thing, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just don't get too caught up in thinking that your opinion is the only possibility, or you'll be an ideologue. Just like Stewart.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Both Stewart and Colbert hide their bigotry and hatred behind their infantile prattle.


Posted by: Jerzy
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...um, if their "bigotry" is hidden, how do you know it's there?

Posted by: carlaclaws | October 5, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Stewart has forgotten he's doing fake news for comedy, and now believes he's doing real news. He's closer to pundits like 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 10:27 AM | Report abuse"

stewart manipulates young people who watch the comedy network accept their brand of hate speech...
thanks to him any outrage against the dem language of hate will not happen...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 5, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

nasty Cubans should be the last to complain about anyone....they come here uninvited, get free housing, free food, free money and an automatic permanent resident Visa.....and then they steal everything not nailed down....pitiful.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | October 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of republicans here don't seem to get Stewart's brand of humor. Could that possibly be because the only humor you understand involves the simple combination of knock-knock style jokes & n-bombs?

I'm sorry, but you really deserve to be at the butt of his jokes.

Posted by: hoho1 | October 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Both Stewart and Colbert hide their bigotry and hatred behind their infantile prattle.


Posted by: Jerzy
*************

You looking at a mirror when you posted this? You just managed to beat Benson and all his reebo postings for dummy of the day. Congrats - you win your picture next to the word "irony" in the dictionary.

Posted by: LABC | October 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The Jewish American community was an “oppressed” minority in our past. That time has passed, just as it has passed for Roman Catholics. Minorities yes, oppressed no.

On the other hand, Muslim Americans typically were not “oppressed” in the past. However, there is increasing evidence that now Muslim Americans are being demonized and discriminated against and may well become an “oppressed” minority.

I think that the American Jewish community along with AIPAC gets most of the credit for this change in our society.

Posted by: Provincial | October 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm Jewish, and I think I read the complete interview in which Sanchez purportedly made anti-semitic remarks. I didn't see any. If he said the media was controlled by the Jews, I didn't see that either. And if did say that, I don't think that is anti-semitic; only preposterous. Actually, if CNN did fire him for allegedly 'anti-semitic remarks', then doesn't that actually prove his point? Hey, go ask a Jew, CNN, I mean ME; I wasn't offended by Sanchez's remarks. Why did you fire him? Big frigging mistake.

Posted by: lafayette89 | October 5, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

In "free american media" if you say the truth about who realy controls the media you will be fired. Rick sanchez is a proof.
All together now, jews control free american media,
that is why americans think apartheid israel is a democracy.
that is why americans cannot see a play about rachel corrie.

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

The Jewish American community was an “oppressed” minority in our past. That time has passed, just as it has passed for Roman Catholics. Minorities yes, oppressed no.

On the other hand, Muslim Americans typically were not “oppressed” in the past. However, there is increasing evidence that now Muslim Americans are being demonized and discriminated against and may well become an “oppressed” minority.

I think that the American Jewish community along with AIPAC gets most of the credit for this change in our society.

Posted by: Provincial | October 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Just love that word "inartful" -- says so much and so little.

I was a tad disappointed in Stewart's response, but liked the contrast between Good Rick and Bad Rick.

And Howie, don't you mean "Post-ironic" with a capital P?

Where have all the copy editors gone? Long time passing.

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

Amazing comments from a national audience. First do commenters and Sanchez have 'Jewdar'? Who knows another’s religion, and so what if Jewish, Catholic, etc. Sanchez was probably terminated for a 'disrepute' clause in his contract for what he said. Similar action likely would have happened if arrested for a serious offense. Sanchez always appeared to me to speak first and think second which is damaging to most any career.

Posted by: bt-cinci | October 5, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@Benson who said, "50% of Stewart's jokes are aimed at Fox news, with another 25% aimed at other networks, and most of it is that smug kind of "I'm smarter than them." type humor. It's mean, but often not funny."

I watch objectively, as do most fans of both shows, understanding that underneath the wit and satire are bona fide political points of view. True fans concede that Jon and Stephen both have the right to express their views and similarly both use humor as the modus operandi to get the listener interested and thinking. This is certainly manipulative, just as Pat Paulson's quarterly run for President, the Capitol Steps performing a song about whatever-Gate going on in DC, George Carlin on anything political and the classic set by Lenny Bruce which led to his own arrest in NYC. The fact that it's political and filled with ideologue is what makes it satire.

But an educated mind knows not to fall victim to such stimuli so needlessly and simply laugh when it's funny. Do you think the American people in whole are so easily prone to brainwashing or change parties simply because they laugh out loud at a conservative bashing?

My point all along is just enjoy, don't over analyze or compare apples to oranges in an intellectual dissertation on "funny". I'm not doing that, you are, actually. The Three Stooges (which you mentioned, not I) COULD be subject to a thesis to explain why its funny, but that kind of misses the point, doesn't it?

You asked me to be objective in my viewing, and this is the very issue I have with your point of view. But nothing personal, and thanks for expressing it - we just happen to disagree on this one.

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't think what he said was anti-Semitic. It's interesting that many people who also see that he didn't sayanything anti-Semitic justify his firing on the grounds of "what he really meant." That's clutching at straws. Jews are wildly overrepresented in many media and finance companies. Heck, they founded many of the them. It's also true that Jews tend to be better educated and more affluent than most non-Jews in this country. Why is it anti-Semitic to say so?

And I don't think Sanchez claimed that Jews control the media. He did say they apparently have a great deal of control at CNN. He probably knows if that's true since he works there.

Seems to me he was fired for stating fairly obvious truths.

Posted by: QStorm | October 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"But there are a lot of Jews in the upper ranks of the owners and operators of the major media and entertainment companies. It's not Jew-baiting or anti-Semetic to point out a fact nowadays is it? Are there media and entertainment companies where this isn't true? Sure, but they're the exception."

How many exactly? How many Protestants? Catholics? (What're the papists up to now?) If you don't know these numbers, "a lot of Jews" is in fact Jew-baiting" and "anti-semitic"

Posted by: fusillijerry | October 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

10 points for anyone who can name a spontaneously witty, intellectually challenging cable or old media news 'personality'...You can't think of one?
Me neither.

Posted by: sieghielinthaler | October 5, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Re:
Years ago there was a prominent member of the communist party usa whose name was Lovestone. That surname was derived from the original Liebstein. Which is Jon Stewart real name. Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact?

Posted by: mhr614 | October 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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Jon's last name is Leibowitz not Liebstein. Your comment is not antisemitic is just stupid.

Posted by: LMPaule | October 5, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

bt cinci wrote:

"Sanchez always appeared to me to speak first and think second which is damaging to most any career."

It hasn't hurt Beck any!

Posted by: 54465446 | October 5, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck is Rick Sanchez?

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | October 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who is Jon Stewart?

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 5, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

They dumped Sanchez and hired Spitzer. That's one screwed up shop.

A part of what makes Sanchez easy to mock is associated with his ethnicity. But he acts surprisingly like Tom Friedman in his over-animated delivery. How come nobody mocks Friedman? Some of his blather when promoting his books and viewpoints was hilariously comical and more baffoonish than Hitchens.

The radio interviewer never challenged Sanchez or registered shock to give him a sense of how he was sounding, which we all know can be a dirty trick. But the interviewer did disclose his friendship with Stewart, and we can't expect a friend of Stewart's to act professionally with a person who Stewart ridicules.

The interviewer also disclosed that he and Stewart go for the laugh without regard to a person's race or ethnicity, which I guess means they tell ethnic jokes when non-ethnic jokes don't work. One of the problems of racial humor is that people laugh louder at coarse humor when the butt of the joke is a minority. I don't get how anyone could be unaware of that.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@JimGoldbloomVA,

I think you make the mistake of thinking that bashing alone makes something funny. I see it differently.

I don't mind if Stewart bashes conservatives if it's funny. His bit on Sanchez actually was one of his funnier bits.

It's just that sometimes find that Stewart, like Olbermann or Maddow, (or Limbaugh or O'Reilly) is just ranting. I don't find that entertaining.

You seem hung up on my comment about the three stooges. You misunderstand -- I can appreciate that type of humor, as can most 13 year olds. It's just that I find Stewart's range of humor is fairly limited.

If it rocks your boat, then go with it.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@sieghielinthaler who said, "10 points for anyone who can name a spontaneously witty, intellectually challenging cable or old media news 'personality'...You can't think of one? Me neither."

George Will.

Happens to be a conservative, well known for his intellectual and often witty discourse on American politics. He also is well qualified as a Pulitzer winner and long time editor, journalist and TV personality. My points, please?

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

LibLogic: Degrading, sexually-oriented, hate-filled attacks on Conservative women is A-OK! But calling a liberal comedian a "bigot" is intolerable and career-ending.

Question of the Day: During the 20th century, leftists murdered a quarter of a billion people in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, and Southeast Asia. When are they going to start killing here?

Posted by: independentgeorge | October 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

10 points for anyone who can name a spontaneously witty, intellectually challenging cable or old media news 'personality'...You can't think of one?
Me neither.

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Brian Williams. The guy is hilarious.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Dickey Fuller wrote "I'm sure he's a very nice man but, to me, he did not come across as being all that bright. And it had nothing to do with his being born in Cuba."
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Exactly. What kind of inferiority complex does a guy have to have to be a highly paid news anchor with his own show on CNN and complain about being under the thumb of the "elites" keeping him down? It's laughable, in a sad sort of way. I doubt Sanchez's comments were the complete reason for his firing but rather the straw that broke the camel's back. His show was awful cringe inducing stuff most of the time and he made it abundantly clear all too often that he's not the brightest bulb in the lamp. CNN was probably just happy that he gave them an excuse to sever his contract. I'm sure he's a nice guy but his little self-pitying rant was both bizarre and absurd.

Posted by: Chip_M | October 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@postfan1 - If you think I misunderstood you about the timelessly funny Three Stooges, then clearly you missed all my comments if you summarize mine as "bashing is funny". Combined with your opinion that Stewart's comedic content and talent is "limited", I wonder if you really grasp the context of his show - it's a satire of any recent 24hr cable news show. It's not open Mic night for Jon, he follows the script and format in exactly the same manner SNL does "News Update" or "Not necessarily the news" back in the day. But within that context, he shines, and its the reason many in the media fear, justly or not, a younger generation gets their political "news" from his show.

That's unlimited?

BTW, nothing personal to you, also. As I told Benson, thanks for expressing your opinion, honest.

-jim

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart has called plenty of people bigots but hey he is a creature of comedy and thus gets by with it. He is just a progressive with a political agenda that he thinly hides in comedy.

He is bright, quick-witted, and one of the best if not the best in the business. However, he clearly carries his political views into his work.

Posted by: georgiarat | October 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

You can disagree with Stewart and colbert's views but you can't say there not funny. I'm not at all liberal but think these guys are hilarious. True comic genius.

Posted by: augustiswest | October 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Stewart's a class act?
He's more of a whoopie cushion guy.
Class? No way.
Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse
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Glenn Beck will sue you - he's got the monopoly on being Queen Fartjockster!

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

He is bright, quick-witted, and one of the best if not the best in the business. However, he clearly carries his political views into his work.

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Yes, as the conservative humorists do as well. Do you charge bias in the fact he injects his personal agenda into his satire? It's his show, it's a fake premise, he's a comedian -- don't all comedians objectify their humor? I don't disagree with you, but are you complaining he's not fair and balanced when thrusting his verbal sword into the hearts and minds of the sponge-brained naive audience that he entertains? I mean... so what? And note my sarcasm about his viewership. We aint that gullible, honest!

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | October 5, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Stewart would call himself classy. That ain't his schtick.
Posted by: brickerd
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Stewart helped raise $3 Million for Autism last weekend. Class Act!

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | October 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

fusillijerry wrote: "How many [Jews] exactly [working at high levels in media companies]? How many Protestants? Catholics? (What're the papists up to now?) If you don't know these numbers, "a lot of Jews" is in fact Jew-baiting" and "anti-semitic"
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Nonesense. Jews are an ethnic group as well as a religious group, so the comparison with other religious denominations isn't exactly apt. And people routinely say that there are a lot of blacks in the NBA and a lot of Latinos in MLB and no one expects that you must know the exact number in order to avoid a charge of racism. These are just facts.

Jews are a more disrceet minority and are, understandably, VERY touchy about anything that seems to be concerned with identifying them as distinct from other white Americans, but that touchiness doesn't make it anti-Semitic to note their overrepresentation in the news media.

We all know that the Nazis once villified Jews for their supposed control of the German media and we know that Jews are concerned about anything, however innocent, that sounds like a similar claim. But it's rather silly to freely admit that Jews are overrepresented in medicine and law and react with mock horror when the same observation is made about the media.

Posted by: QStorm | October 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I thought the mainstream media was all pro-Palestine and anti-Israel? Which is it?

Posted by: minidiver1251 | October 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The really funny part about this. How did Fox have anything to do with it. CNN, a left wing news organization, fired a left wing news caster and now some how this is about Fox and Sanchez portrayed as a right winger?

The fact that some one would say that more news comes out of the Daily Show than Fox news clearly shows an ignorant bias that is probably going to damage this country, if we let entertainers bring us our news.

Posted by: thelaw1 | October 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart matters because he is the only one taking down media pundits who are absolutely full of it. Only Stewart calls Fox News on the demonstrable lies their on-air personalities spew around the clock. He's equally hard on CNN and has helped sideline truly loathsome commentators like Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, and, yes, Sanchez.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | October 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Jon was correct Rick was losing his spot to Spitzer and that really is the reason for the attack. Jon goes after everyone regardless of race, creed or color even policital party. Rick worked his way up the ladder by attacking Democrats and even Obama as Rick is a loyal Republican. Notice how none of the Republicans friends have out to defend their friend Rick. No word of support from Rush Limbaugh and friends either. So much for friendship.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | October 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Is everybody politician nowadays? Why not simply apologize, say sorry, I messed up, rather than say "mangled his thought process inartfully"? What on earth? If Sanchez can't be man enough to make a straight forward apology, better stay quiet rather than posting this ridiculous comment through his wife Hiding behind his wife, what?

Posted by: pelohoki | October 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

those of you who are in typical neonazi mode and truther conspiracy "JEWS run the world" spammage mode free to spew your fantasies under anonymity::

BIG NEWSFLASH__ the same who FIRED the moron HIRED his CUBANO ass-
So explain how they are bigots!!
RS got hired BECAUSE CNN (the LIBERAL BIASED 0-CHANNEL)
needs to prove it's diversity- hell even FOX has more color-

Rick is from Miami where--> hello-- CUBANS rule- nepotism and cronyism reigns supreme as does PREFERENCE to SPANISH speakers- I guess NYC was a big shock- no 51% majority of Cubans! Rick meets real world--

Other Big newsflash for JEWHATERS: we call CNN the CRESCENT NEWS NETWORK- so Obama Jews may run it but real JEWS ignore it

The real truth is LIBERALS cannot tolerate dissent- they are eating their own in public- so cute - like Animal Planet- RS was really fired casue he insulted the liberal NEWSGOD Stewart- the person old hippies and your kids think is a news program

Posted by: Isahiah62 | October 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Just read that Kurtz is leaving the Post to work for the Daily Beast. Have to say I'm surprised at this news. One more reason not to bother to read the Post any more.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I though Jon Stewart said political gotcha shows like Crossfire were cheapening political discourse in America. So CNN dropped Crossfire. It seems now that Jon is doing the same or worse on his show...was he just trying to eliminate the competition?

Posted by: michael1977 | October 5, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

QStorm said:But it's rather silly to freely admit that Jews are overrepresented in medicine and law and react with mock horror when the same observation is made about the media.

This is where I have a problem. To say there are many Jewish people who work in the media, have become doctors or lawyers, or, indeed, work as teachers is a neutral statement. There may be reasons for it -- encouragement by parents, for instance -- which can be explored, but the statement itself is neutral.

To say an ethnic group is "overrepresented" implies a cabal or conspiracy, someone being held down so the members of that ethnic group can rise. That's what makes it a bigotted statement.

From the transcript I read, the only bigotted remark Mr. Sanchez made was when the interviewer asked about whether Holocaust fears could be in the backs of the minds of members of Mr. Stewart's father's generation. His reply was, "I hope so."

Posted by: Fabrisse | October 5, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

qstorm wrote:

'And people routinely say that there are a lot of blacks in the NBA and a lot of Latinos in MLB and no one expects that you must know the exact number in order to avoid a charge of racism."

The NBA is approximately 79% black according to the league. The rest is about evenly divided between American born and non-American born whites, with about 1% Hispanic.

"We all know that the Nazis once villified Jews for their supposed control of the German media and we know that Jews are concerned about anything, however innocent, that sounds like a similar claim."

Actually the campaign was about banking and universities, not the German media.

Today's comments are so inane that I thought the introduction of a few factoids would provide a welcome relief. (for me at least)

Posted by: 54465446 | October 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

mhr614 "Years ago there was a prominent member of the communist party usa whose name was Lovestone. That surname was derived from the original Liebstein. Which is Jon Stewart real name. Is it anti-semitic to point out that fact?"

Aside from the fact that yours is ridiculous post, you didn't, in fact, get the facts straight. Liebstein is not Jon Stewart's real last name.

Posted by: lucky4 | October 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is a pundit for the left with comedy writers.

Nothing more, nothing less.

I wouldn't mind it so much if he were a bit more entertaining, and maybe a bit less focused on one topic (Fox News).

Fake news is one thing. Fake news about another cable channel is a bit of overkill.

Posted by: Benson | October 5, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez was fired because he insulted his bosses and he's not very good.

Strange how people (media) keep critizing Stewart. He's on Comedy Central and Sanchez has given him plenty of material. Last night was typical Stewart. He called out the media and Sanchez and they both deserved to be called out.

Posted by: rlj611 | October 5, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Stewart is the problem. Like Hannity, Beck, Olbermann, et al. I stopped watching all of them during the last Presidential election season. They are all yapping dogs.

Posted by: K3vinFitz | October 5, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Howie Kurtz is moving to The Daily Beast. No more of this moronic tripe. Of course, WaPo will probably hire someone like Andrew Breitbart to replace him (or maybe Rick Sanchez, I hear he's looking for work).

Posted by: thebuckguy | October 5, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

All you puritans calm down. Don't twist the article. Jon Stewart is a Comedian.
Beck, Hannity, and his likes are false politics contenders using "lies" in order to get Government Power. See lies :http://www.spectacle.org/0500/lies.html.

Jonathan Wallace wrote. "I hate being lied to. Short of violence, it is the worst thing you can do to me. Not because of God, or the Ten Commandments, or any universal moral precepts. The reason that I hate lies is because, like you, I wish to navigate carefully through life, and to do so I must be able to calculate my true position. When you lie to me, you know your position but you have given me false data which obscures mine."

And according to my research, Jon Stewart is not lying to gain power. Jon Stewart is in the Comedy Channel, not in any News Channel, gees. Get your facts straight. You all should go back to school.

Posted by: R3N364D3 | October 5, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

John Stewart did a GREAT job getting at Rick Sanchez after he was fired. I mean really, Sanchez just did not fit in at CNN. At times I heard Rick speak in spanish when interviewing foreigners and as an American I do not like to hear other languages. I have noticed that many bilingual (ESL) speakers mis-speak or may not convey their point as clearly as someone who does not have their thinking muddled by those other un-American languages. That's why most CNN anchors are better suited because they only know my language. Good job John Stewart for beating up on that "dirty sanchez" (as Stewart stated). I think Stewart really demonstrates how us "Real Americans" think.

Posted by: averageJane2010 | October 6, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

With Sanchez being fired by CNN, who was my favorite, I'll NEVER watch CNN again over any and all matters. Fox news is boring bc all they do is focus on politics with a right slant and have not covered the wars like they could have all these years, and MSNBC has too many agendas and agendas against Fox and I never appreciated all the pres. Bush slamming they did while he was in office, which was old as soon as it started. I guess WSMV Channel 4 out of Nashville with Bigshot Bob Sellers will have to do!

Jon Stewart--he is funny and can dish it out but the bottom line is--he can't take it.

Posted by: UniversityofCincyXavierandallCincyProSportsRule | October 6, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I watched Sanchez very little but know he was anchoring 3 hours a day! That's too much and perhaps led to exhaustion and a big goof.

Posted by: angie12106 | October 6, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Apparently all of you who are slamming Kurtz for his over-dramatic headline playing into what Stewart mocked on his show did not actually read the article where he specifically states that the title is supposed to be ironic.

(Insert some stereotypical anti-LIBERAL MEDIA statement here because I have nothing else intelligent or relevant to say.)

Posted by: dcnative88 | October 6, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Ive never understood why the likes of CNN, Fox, MSNBC dignify the "Comedian" by quoting... running snipits from their comedy routines. I just dont understand why the mainstream media holds dear the rants and raving of the "Actor". I think if CNN and the likes would just stick to what they do... or I should say what they should do... and just report the news... they'd be alot better off. I dont see that battling with two dissimilar entities results in much forward progress. To get into some pissing contest with the "Funnyman" seems to be as counter productive as I can imagine. Hanging on to every actor's discription of the world as they see it seems to be such a waste of time... Come on CNN... get with what you were created for... forget the comentary... "Report the News".

Posted by: BobbyYarush | October 6, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Why aren't we seeing any articles on who actually does own the media in this country?
We could start out by looking at the ownership of the Washington Post and then move on to the N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.
Then move on to smaller dailies and chains and then to the ownership and management of the networks.
Jewish ownership and/or control of the media is the reality. But talk about it, or any other criticism of Jews or Israel is swiftly punished.
Helen Thomas, now Rick Sanchez and a host of others can attest to this.

Posted by: dcnorte | October 6, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually miss Rick Sanchez?

Rick Who?

Posted by: barrysal | October 6, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

stevenwagbo talked about how we need to educate ourselves then turns around and calls people dimwits and numbskulls. Sounds like someone is very angry, which is OK, but when you resort to name calling, you lose some of your credibility with regards to getting your point across. Harvard is an elitist school as you have to be very well off to attend unless you get a scholarship. I watched Jon Stewart for at least 18 months and when the emmys started coming he suddenly started believing that he was a true journalist and / or political pundit instead of an entertainer. He is now a social critic. As a democrat, i wish he would quit spending 30 minutes a day punishing anybody that disagrees with him. I love Steven Colbert but I now find myself changing the channel whenever Jon Stewart comes on. As far as the "Jewish debate" I have made it a point to look at the credits that roll when a movie or TV show is over, and 15 out of 20 listed the executive producer as Jewish names. ( my opinion) Most of my friends are Jewish or Catholic so this is no slam whatsoever, but the truth is that Jewish executives control a large part of the media on television ( including most cable shows)I can certainly live with that but I think Mr. Sanchez was trying to build an audience and it backfired. If Jon Stewart is a forgiving man, then it is time to move on and start entertaining us again. He has become another Bill Maher. Nothing wrong with that at all as I really like Bill, as he is upfront as to what his show is all about. Just my opinion.

Posted by: penseller | October 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'll miss Rick Sanchez. He may have had way too much testosterone and an IQ of about 90, but - as John Stewart actually said - his heart was in the right place.

I remember him covering the story of some 17-year-old black kid in Tennessee or Kentucky or somewhere like that, who was going to jail for getting a BJ from his 15-years-and-10-months old girlfriend.

They'd already screwed up his education by kicking him out of school, and now some Kristian Konservative Kounty prosecutor wanted to bang him up for, like, two years or something ridiculous like that.

Snachez was genuinely angry about it, attacking the police for making a big deal out of it, and the prosecutor for trying to build his career by wrecking kids' lives. No American TV anchor would normally dare criticise despicable cops, or mention the fact that America has a vast gulag system (the world's largest by far) full of harmless nonviolent "offenders" whose only offence was to live their own lives their own way.

I'll always remember that piece. It was so... unAmerican in its questioning of authority. It was great.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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