Jon Stewart

Once again, CNN has fired another talented anchor. Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network after his comments on a radio program received criticism. Appearing Thursday on the Sirius radio program "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick," Sanchez, who was born in Cuba and grew up in Florida, repeatedly went after Comedy Central television host Jon Stewart, calling him a "bigot." When pressed by Dominik as to what he meant, specifically, Sanchez gave the following details. "I think he looks at the world through his mom, who was a schoolteacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that," Sanchez said, according to transcripts provided by the radio program's blog. "Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine." Dominick then asked what group that it was Stewart held a prejudiced view toward. "Everybody else who's not like him," Sanchez responded. "Look at his show, I mean what does he surround himself with?"

Also during the program, Sanchez did retract the word "bigot" from his criticism of Stewart. "All right," Sanchez said. "I'll take the word bigot back, I'll say prejudicial, uninformed." But as the conversation continued, Sanchez continued hammering at Stewart, and after Dominik then said that, being a Jew, Stewart had a sense of what it was to be an oppressed minority, Sanchez laughed at the remark.

"Very powerless people," Sanchez said with a snicker. "He's such a minority, I mean, you know. Please, what are you kidding? 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."Sanchez then went on to argue that Jews don't experience the same level of discrimination as blacks and Hispanics. "I grew up not speaking English, dealing with real prejudice every day as a kid, watching my dad work in a factory, wash dishes, drive a truck, get spit on. I've been told that I can't do certain things in life simply because I was a Hispanic," Sanchez said. "My friends who are black, I've seen that with them, I've seen that with a lot of minorities. I can't really think, although I understand the plight of Jews, and all the experiences, and the things that have happened historically for them -- but I can't say that my buddy Glen or my buddy Izzy who I grew up with in South Florida ever were prejudiced against directly simply because they were Jewish. There may have been jokes around them or about other things, but it's kinda, you know what I'm saying, it's kind of a different thing."

Editors Note: What is wrong with CNN. First Lou Dobbs and now Rick Sanchez. These are the most talented people in the news business. CNN is throwing such talent away because of a few comments. What happened to freedom of speech? Rick was doing a radio show on his own time and he has the right to say how he feels. He does not have to say the views of Network bosses. Sanchez has been the butt of Stewarts jokes several times before. Can't this respected newsman have the right to say whats on his mind, without losing his job? Sanchaz has talent, asks the good questions and is a very liked host by the audience. Come on CNN, keep the talent you have!

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Sky Walker said…
It's really a shame that a talented news anchor had to loose his job on speaking his mind on his own time. I want to know what happen to freedom of speech. The truth of the matter is I like Jon Stewart and his unique talent on the Daily Show. For the record look at what Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity and Glen Beck say on a daily basis with their media and Radio outlets. Need I say more------Shame on you CNN you fired a good man and a good talent in the business.

Faithful CNN follower
Anonymous said…
i for one will miss rick sanchaz and he is right i know jewish people have had their far share of hardships but today in every big city we still have blacks and hispanics in slums not so much for jews that was over after ww2 lets we need to have real talk about race and find a way to end it in the U.S.A it's a stain on our country