CNN fired its popular daytime anchor Rick Sanchez late today after he complained to a national satellite radio audience that Jews run the nation’s media outlets.
It started relatively innocently, with Sanchez expressing irritation at being lumped in with other Hispanic TV journalists by a CNN boss. Racist attitudes aren’t rooted on the political right, he added, but also extend to “elite, Northeast establishment liberals.” “Deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier,” Sanchez continued. Then he said: “I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Comedy Central comic Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.” How’s that? asked the puzzled Dominick. “I think he looks at the world through his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that,” replied Sanchez, speaking of Stewart. “Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”
Sanchez: “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.”
Rich Sanchez’ career has been no stranger to controversy. While a local anchor in South Florida, he struck and paralyzed a pedestrian while driving out of a Miami Dolphins game. Sanchez then fled the scene, only returning two hours later for a breathalyzer test which still showed him over the legal limit. He later plead no contest to DUI, but was never charged with running over the man. That case was daily news for many months when I lived in Florida.
Here’s the clip that got Sanchez fired.