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Fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez undertakes contrition tour

Former CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez. (Charley Gallay/WireImage)

The Rick Sanchez Apology Tour is now into Week 2, as the fired CNN host tries to explain why he called Jon Stewart a "bigot" and suggested the media are controlled by Jews.

  • Mon., Oct. 4: Suzanne Sanchez says on Facebook that her husband was exhausted from working 14-hour days and "got caught up in the banter."
  • Wed., Oct. 6: He says in a statement that he called Stewart. "Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made."
  • Fri., Oct. 8: Sanchez tells "Good Morning America" that his comments were wrong and offensive, calls Stewart "the classiest guy in the world" and says he would "absolutely" go back to CNN if they ask him.
  • Mon., Oct. 11: During a live Washington Post online discussion, Sanchez writes, "I was the one who screwed up by answering the interviewer's questions in such a mangled and inartful way." He plugs his new book, "Conventional Idiocy," twice.

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    Most of us are mentally trapped to think Jewish. Actually, it is safe to say that virtually every mainstream publication or or other type of media organ is "nothing more than a screen to present chosen views." The great battle over the last century has been a battle for the mind of the Western peoples, i.e., non-Jewish Euros. The chosen won it by acquiring control over essentially the complete mainstream news, information, education and entertainment media of every type, and using that control to infuse and disseminate their message, agenda and worldview, their way of thinking, or rather the way they want us to think. Since at least the 1960s this campaign has been effectively complete. Since then they have shaped and controlled the minds of all but a seeming few of us in varying degree with almost no opposition or competition from any alternative worldview. So now most of us are mentally trapped in the box the chosen have made for us, which we have lived in all our lives. Only a few have managed to avoid it or escape it, or to even sometimes see outside of it, and so actually "think outside of the (Jewish) box."  
    What happened to Oliver Stone is a good case study. The Wall Street Journal reported this past summer that Stone said that “public opinion was focused on the Holocaust because of ‘Jewish domination of the media.’” Stone also said that the Jews “stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f—– up United States foreign policy for years.”  
    Like so many others before him, Stone groveled: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry.”  
    Joe Sobran who died this past week had this to say about Jewish media power:  
    “Jewish control of the major media in the media age makes the enforced silence both paradoxical and paralyzing. Survival in public life requires that you know all about it, but never refer to it. A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victimhood, they’ll destroy you. It’s a phenomenal display not of wickedness, really, but of fierce ethnocentrism, a sort of furtive racial superpatriotism.”  
    In 1996, reprinted in the May 27th issue of the New York Times, by Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist describing his feelings on the killings of a hundred civilians in a military skirmish in southern Lebanon. Shavit wrote:  
    “We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own.”  
    Michael Santomauro  
    PS: An antisemite condemns people for being Jews, I am not an antisemite.

    Posted by: ReporterNotebook | October 11, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

    Why not hawk his book? He was way too quickly "thrown under the bus."

    Posted by: jmlowery | October 12, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse


    An antisemite is not someone who condemns people for being Jews, it is someone who is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews. Look it up in the dictionary. When you say that we have been trained to "Think Jewish" and that Jews "have shaped and controlled the minds of all but a seeming few of us", that seems pretty hostile to Jews. Why do you need to claim that you are not antisemitic? Just be honest. You are antisemitic. You think the Jews are a hateful group of people who lie and control our thoughts. Why do you need to pretend that you don't hate Jews?

    Secondly, if we have been trained to "think Jewish", and if Jews so effectively control the media, then why are there so many news stories that are critical of Israel? How do those manage to slip through? Lots of people and groups, even some Jewish groups, are actively campaigning against the policies of Israel. If we have all been trained to think Jewish, then no one would be critical of Israel, but that clearly is not the case. How have these anti-Israel groups managed to resist the brainwashing?

    Also, what about Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner, are they controlled by the evil Jews too?

    Finally, what does it mean to "Think Jewish"? Can you give me some examples of thoughts that we would be able to have if we weren't trained to "think Jewish"? I would like to hear what it's like for the few of you who haven't been brainwashed by the evil Chosen ones. It must be wonderful for you to be able to see the bright light of truth unsullied by the evil mind control of the Jews.

    Posted by: rhubarb11 | October 12, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

    Conventional Idiocy . . .


    Posted by: thomp | October 12, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

    American Jews make up only 2% of the population of America. Yet: 46% make over $100,000 per year, they make up 15% of the U.S. Senate, 13% of the U.S. House of Representatives, 67% of members of the Board of the Federal reserve, 33% of the U.S. Supreme Court. Media: Just taking CNN only, 55% of corporate officers for TBS, which owns CNN, are Jewish. On air, Larry King, John King, Howard Kurtz, Eliot Slpitzer, Jeffrey Toobin, Paula Zahn, etc.. Rick Sanchez has nothing to apologize for.

    Posted by: actanonverba | October 12, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

    My response to rhubarb11:

    Being happy–is it good for the Jews? “Before Professor Dershowitz accused me of being an anti-Semite (news to me), I was a happy person. Since then, I’m still a happy person”. –Michael Santomauro

    It is bad enough when a group representing less than three percent of the American population -- and many of whose members have a self-proclaimed first loyalty to a foreign nation -- should be in control of so many of America's cultural, financial and governmental institutions. But it is positively insulting for them to deny their influence and power -- particularly when they themselves are continually boasting in their own circles about their "overrepresentation" in these fields. And it is absolutely infuriating when this denial reaches the point that non-Jews are attacked by Jewish agitators and Zionist zealots for stating obvious facts and truth.

    Most Americans have always been suspicious of too much power in too few hands. That's what the Constitution is all about. And that is why we have never trusted elitist groups which have tried to dictate to us. So, if we don't trust the old-line establishment, the old elite, why should we not be suspicious of the new elite -- the Jewish establishment -- and its excessive power in America.


    Michael Santomauro

    Posted by: ReporterNotebook | October 13, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

    Michael two of the men you reference, Stone and Shavit are of Jewish descent. The irony is that the nature of Jewish power in the US is of much greater debate within the Jewish community than without. For example consider Neo Conservative Jewish writer David Mamet's constant disdain for "Upper West Side Liberals" who have lost their Jewish identity. While Jews obviously support other Jews economically, politically and socially above all others as a moral imperative there's no one dogmatic screed to which all Jews proscribe.

    If you consider our support for Israel, the dismantling of the Christian influence in everyday life since WWII, establishing the upward mobility of Jews, demonization of Arabs and Muslims, ownership of the Holocaust and influence over political and social mores then of course the Jewish hegemony over discourse in the United States is real, but it's not something illicit it is something that's been hard-won by winning over the hearts and minds of the larger American population over generations. To paraphrase Joe Lieberman, "America is Jewish." What Sanchez said might have been semantically correct but he's in trouble because he offended American sensibilities with his comments, not just Jewish sensibilities. Goyim, blacks, asians and everyone else were offended by his statements which in truth are counter to the held conventions of many people who are not Jew.

    Whether Jews have steered American sensibilities one way or another is irrelevant. Controversial statements, whether about Jews, Blacks, Muslims or Gays will bring you heat. Sanchez stupidly thought he could speak his mind about the greatest political force America has ever witnessed and get a pat on the back in the back instead of a slap down.

    Posted by: shalom69 | October 13, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse


    I would never deny that the influence of Jews in America is disproportionate to their numbers. It is just simple math to see that it is so. What I take issue with is that the Jews are a conspiracy. I don't think they are. I don't think that the Jews get together and plan how they're going to control the minds of America. The vast, vast, vast majority of Jews in this country are completely secularized and most of them are not religious at all. All that they share is a common ancestry. Perhaps you don't know the history of why so many Jews work in Hollywood. When they first came to this country, Jews were not welcome in most industries. One of the industries that Jews were welcome in was "out West" in Hollywood. In fact, in many ways, Jews helped found the motion picture industry. And so, it has been an industry that has continued to attract people of Jewish ancestry. But to talk about Jewish hegemony over anything is ridiculous, because Jews are a "group" only in that they share a common ancestry and they light candles at Hanukkah. There is no dark room somewhere where the Elders of Zion make their plans for the control of America and for the control of our sensibilities. Jews are people just like any other people. And for you to say that the first loyalty of many Jews is to foreign powers is just a big gigantic lie. Jews are as American as you are. Most of their families have been in this country for many generations. They have served this country in many wars, and the more I read your posts, the more it is clear to me that you are nothing more than a fear-mongering bigot.

    I think it is ironic that you sign your posts "Peace", since you are clearly filled with hate.

    Posted by: rhubarb11 | October 13, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

    sign the petition to bring back Rick Sanchez:

    Posted by: dlsherman422 | October 13, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

    Part one of 2

    My response to Shalom69 & Rhubarb11:

    If you mean that Jews in the media do a Protocols-of-the-Elders-of-Zion thing where they get their marching orders from Abe Foxman, I would have to agree with you. But the fact is that in general Jews do not act simply as individuals. There is a shared vision that influences the attitudes and behavior of individual Jews. As J. J. Goldberg noted, “There is a great deal of consensus on broad Jewish issues, particularly in the areas of Israel and the welfare of other foreign Jewries, immigration and refugee policy, church-state separation, abortion rights, and civil liberties” (Inside Jewish Power, p. 5). Indeed, the consensus on these issues among Jewish activist organizations and the Jewish intellectual movements reviewed here despite a great deal of disagreement on other issues is striking.These attitudes typify the entire Jewish political spectrum, from the mainstream Jewish left to the neoconservative Jewish right, and in general, the Jewish profile on these issues is quite different from other Americans. Massive changes in public policy on these issues coincide with the period of increasing Jewish power and influence in the United States.

    Philip Weiss points out that Dershowitz himself has emphasized general Jewish goals, particularly the defense of Israel. And he presents examples of Jews in the media who see themselves as promoting Israel or who actively exclude points of view critical of Israel. To which I would add the comment by Eric Alterman about Martin Peretz, publisher of The New Republic: “It is not enough to say that TNR’s owner is merely obsessed with Israel; he says so himself. But more importantly, Peretz is obsessed with Israel’s critics, Israel’s would-be critics, and people who never heard of Israel, but might one day know someone who might someday become a critic.”

    Dershowitz gives the New York Times as an example of a Jewish-owned media, noting that is critical of Israel. But in general, the Times’ coverage has been highly skewed toward Israel, as documented by Alison Weir’s If Americans Knew. Weiss gives the well-known quote from former editor Max Frankel: The NYT’s former executive editor Max Frankel wrote, “I was much more deeply devoted to Israel than I dared to assert … Fortified by my knowledge of Israel and my friendships there, I myself wrote most of our Middle East commentaries. As more Arab than Jewish readers recognized, I wrote them from a pro-Israel perspective.”

    A recent Forward article recounts the firings of Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Helen Thomas for their comments on Jewish issues. It points out that “Jews have done more than other groups to make it clear that they will not suffer lightly the public slights like those made by Sanchez — let alone by those with even bigger mouths, like Mel Gibson. As Foxman put it, ‘We are a community that is sensitive, and — have no doubt — we’ll respond.’ ‘

    Right. But at least we know what the game is. The truth will be suppressed with all the power that the Jewish community can bring to bear. The message is out that anyone who wishes to have a career in the media must play by these rules or look for another line of work.

    Posted by: ReporterNotebook | October 14, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

    Part 2 of 2...

    My response to Shalom69 & Rhubarb11:

    Here are some more examples of Jews who have discussed Jewish power in the media:

    Film critic Lester D. Friedman: “Indeed, from the very beginnings of the industry until the present, it is impossible to ignore the influence of Jews on the movie business or to overlook the importance of a Jewish consciousness in American films.”

    Steven Silbiger, author of The Jewish Phenomenon: “The Jewish involvement in motion pictures is more than a success story; it is the basis of the disproportionate influence that Jews have had in shaping American popular culture.”

    Silbiger again: “In addition to the corporate chieftains, a huge number of Jewish people participate in the entertainment industry. It has not been part of a grand scheme, but when an ethnic group becomes as heavily involved, and as successful, in a particular industry as Jewish people have been in movies, the group’s influence, connections and power produce a vast ripple effect, and other Jewish actors, writers, editors, technicians, directors, and producers follow in their footsteps.”

    David Desser and Lester D. Friedman: “Regardless of a Jewish author’s past or present involvement with organized religion, current religious or cultural practices, and personal sense of group attachment or isolation, the underlying critical assumption is that the work of a Jewish writer must either overtly or covertly reflect a Jewish sensibility.”


    Michael Santomauro

    Posted by: ReporterNotebook | October 14, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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