Rick Sanchez apologizes again, sells some books on "GMA"
Thanks, "Good Morning America," for giving us next week's "The Daily Show" gags this morning.
Ousted CNN anchor Rick Sanchez "broke his silence" exclusively on the ABC morning show, appearing so he could discuss his firing last week after making comments about The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and CNN that many saw as anti-Semitic -- and hopefully sell a few copies of his new book, "Conventional Idiocy".
"GMA" sets the scene:
They show a clip of Fox News Channel anchor Glenn Beck calling Sanchez "The biggest dope on television."
They show a clip of Stewart saying "Rick Sanchez delivers the news like a guy at a party who's doing a lot of coke."
They run a clip of the radio interview that led to his firing, in which Sanchez wondered how Stewart--who is Jewish--could be called "a minority":
"He's Jewish," radio host Pete Dominick is heard saying in the clip.
"Very, very powerless people," Sanchez responds, then began to laugh, later adding: "I'm telling you that everyone that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart."
"GMA" anchor George Stephanopoulos asks Sanchez what-the-heck.
"I was tired; I'd been working 14-hour days for two and a half months. I was doing three shows. I was exhausted...My daughter had a softball game I desperately wanted to go to and I was little impatient and said some thing I shouldn't have said." Sanchez adds that his comments were "careless" and "inartful."
Nothing new here -- Sanchez said much the same in the apology he issued earlier this week, a couple days after his wife posted a trial balloon apology for him on her Facebook page, in which she said he said his radio comments had been "careless" and "inartful."
On GMA, George next brings up Ed Koch's piece in Huffington Post recounting an interview he did with Sanchez in which the CNN anchor asked Koch if he thought it was a problem there were people in the U.S. government who were "fighting Israel's problem." To which Koch responded: "Is it a problem for Irish Americans to be supportive of the Republic of Ireland? I'm a Jewish American. Don't I have the right to remember the country of my ancestry?"
This is by way of setting up that Sanchez's radio interview was maybe not an isolated incident.
Sanchez sees an opportunity to sell a few books. He picks up a copy, conveniently located on the table next to him:
"I put a book out that's called 'Conventional Idiocy' and that's what I write about...we should address real issues and sometimes I get myself in trouble because I confront these types of issues in this way."
George gently steers him back to That Radio Interview. Sanchez gets back to saying he "screwed up":
"I went in there with a chip on my shoulder. I was little bit angry and, look, I will be honest with you. I hope you don't mind my saying this, but I'm just going to be honest with you and go ahead and say it: If you look at the landscape now in our media, in prime time, there's not a single Hispanic. There's not a single African American - "
George: Elizabeth Vargas.
Rick: In prime time, hosting a prime time show in the United States.
Rick: Which is "20/20." I'm talking about newscasts, in cable news.
George: That's news.
Rick: That's true. That's fair. I'm referring to cable newscasts. Straight newscasts -- not magazine shows. Not a single Hispanic, single Asian American, or single African American
George: Connie Chung did have a show at CNN.
Have fun, Mr. Stewart.
Lisa de Moraes
| October 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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