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Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart A 'Bigot,' Jews Run CNN & All Media

First Posted: 10- 1-10 10:53 AM   |   Updated: 10- 1-10 06:09 PM

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UPDATE: Rick Sanchez has been fired from CNN.

"Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,' a CNN statement said.

UPDATE: Rick Sanchez did not appear on Friday's "Rick List," the afternoon after his controversial comments about Jon Stewart and Jews surfaced. Sanchez's regular substitute Brooke Baldwin filled in for him.

ORIGINAL POST: CNN's Rick Sanchez made controversial comments on a Sirius radio show Thursday, calling Jon Stewart a "bigot" and saying that CNN and the other networks are all run by Jewish people.

Discussing Stewart with radio host Pete Dominick, Sanchez said that the "Daily Show" host has a limited worldview, and called him a "bigot."

The conversation began with Sanchez decrying "elite, Northeast establishment liberals" who "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.

"I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart's a bigot," he said. "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. Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine."

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When asked who Stewart is bigoted against, Sanchez said "everybody else who's not like him."

Sanchez would eventually retract the "bigot" claim, settling instead on calling Stewart "prejudicial" and "uninformed."

But he made a larger point when Dominick suggested that Stewart could understand being part of an oppressed minority group because he is Jewish.

Sanchez scoffed at the claim, snickering and suggesting that CNN and the rest of the media is run by Jewish people (from the "Stand Up with Pete Dominick" blog):

Very powerless people... [snickers] He's such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]... 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. [sarcastically]

Listen to Sanchez call Stewart a "bigot":

Listen to Sanchez talk about Stewart, Jews and the media:

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UPDATE: Rick Sanchez has been fired from CNN. "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,' a CNN statement said. UPDATE: Rick Sanchez di...
UPDATE: Rick Sanchez has been fired from CNN. "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,' a CNN statement said. UPDATE: Rick Sanchez di...
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JcFractal   3 hours ago (4:33 PM)
Rick Sanchez finally stuck his foot in his mouth..
AnnaMolly   15 hours ago (4:34 AM)
I don't get the whole "Jews control the media" business. Where does this come from?
crumpets   12 hours ago (7:59 AM)
Doing a little research.
sandygottstein   7 hours ago (1:01 PM)
People like crumpet5.

Here's a good explanation, written in 1996:
bart4u   16 hours ago (4:14 AM)
I grew up in Los Angeles during the 60's and there were two Jewish kids in my class including me and we were made fun of because of our religion and the time we took off for holidays. Teachers were not supportive of Jewish holidays at all. Employers did not employ Jewish kids. So I saw some of things that happen to Jewish folks. Let's face it most people are Christian and have strong religious views and tend to hang with their own.
talilah33   7 hours ago (12:46 PM)
Jon Stewart was bullied too when he was in school (he was the only Jewish kid). Only he never calls people anti-semitic who take on him for whatever reason. From what I've read, Sanchez was exposed to the same experience, but he seems to take it much worse. He just assumes Stewart made fun of him because he happens to be Hispanic; it just showed his insecurity.
I mean Jon Stewart has comedy show on basic cable, whereas Rick S. was on CNN, so what is he complaining about.
GBO   23 hours ago (8:52 PM)
Jews are definitely the most persecuted minority in America!!!!!! NOT
blaharumph   10 hours ago (10:15 AM)
Fred303   07:47 PM on 10/04/2010
Even a broken clock is right twice a day
lismore   06:38 PM on 10/04/2010
There are a few in television "news" that do not talk about minorities; they talk about the quality of the ideas expressed by prominent people. There are a few that do not talk about left or right-leaning beliefs; they, too, focus on the quality of ideas. There are a few who manage to delve without harassing; this takes great skill and a lot of depth. Fareed Zakaria is one of the best at his craft. No network is satisfied with focusing on the interview- the debate. They inundate the viewers with three screens at one time- streaming unrelated news. This requirement to multi-task by the viewer takes away from the ability to focus , absorb and interact with the news being exchanged. The other media have an advantage over t.v. networks that opt to fill the screen with numerous items while a journalist tries to do her/his job well. Pity the journalists who work in this milieu. Lesser news networks do not want to delve and inform; they want to humiliate and expose. To a degree, this is what Sanchez did-although he is not the worst offender. When a network claims to have the - best political team on television - they had better demonstrate that daily. CNN does not meet that standard in a broad sense, although King and Zakaria are near the top.
Rock Trimlove   04:53 PM on 10/04/2010
Not taking sides here, but . . . I think I know where Sanchez is coming from. I have watched him on CNN, and while I don't think he's the best, I appreciate that he represents Latinos, who do not seem to be well represented otherwise among media and journalists.
He did retract the word "bigot" and I believe it is difficult to make a complicated point in that type of setting.
Here's how I identify with what Sanchez was saying: I am not Latino, but I am a white guy who has lived in Georgia my whole life, and I went to public school, and I have never worked in NYC. I know Colbert is from South Carolina, and I notice that he seems to avoid the easy jokes about people from the South. Stewart doesn't. And I doubt Stewart has any interest in anything I have to say or any of my opinions. He probably would assume that I am a Republican and supported Mitt Romney for president, and he would make a joke about my accent and turn away.
There are three types of liberals: the elitist media types, the West-Coast granolas, and the progressive Southern Democrats. As between the three, I believe the third type do most of the heavy lifting at a grass roots level and actually display a concern and respect for others instead of just those who move in their circle.
bkrider9   06:23 PM on 10/04/2010
Nothing like a stack of hot stereotypes for breakfast.
pappy d   21 hours ago (10:36 PM)
I'm with my goy, Rock. We're tired of the the racial stereotyping!

And Stewart: Goyim is OUR word now. We prefer that you use the term, Gentile-American.
Joseph Peeler   03:49 PM on 10/04/2010
Yes, if only we were all collectivist idealogues like you then we too could be "open minded." I don't know why Fox would want another team mascot. They already have Geraldo. MSNBC could use a latino though given that almost all of their propagandists, err hosts, are pasty white.

I do find it a bit rich that Mr. Sanchez, a walking, talking leftist cliche after all, would accuse someone else of seeing everything through the prism of race, ethnicity, class, etc. when that is exactly what he does. What this really highlights is that leftists like Mr. Sanchez can't bare to be the butt of jokes. Earnist leftists always see themselves as an enlightened elite, the cool kids and so on and as a result can't handle being mocked. Mr. Sanchez merely reverted to form when he played the class/race cards. It's what leftists always do when confronted by someone who challenges them.
frankath   05:50 PM on 10/04/2010
Really. I was AT the monthly leftist meeting, and I guess I didn't get the handout. What was that about "what leftists always do"? How did it go again? Something about pasty white people and prisms - was THAT it? Of course, apparently, it's only the rightists, who know EXACTLY what the leftists are or should be doing. But I guess, ESPECIALLY when it comes to pasty white people, the rightists know about which they speak. Prisms, on the other hand, involve science - that might be beyond espoused righty ken.
JLTorres   23 hours ago (8:57 PM)
Extra points for putting in all the appropriate buzzwords from Rove's manual. And if you thnk Sanchez is a leftist then you need to re-take Political Science 101.
Fred303   03:42 PM on 10/04/2010
Yip , I guess they just proved his point
Fred303   07:25 PM on 10/04/2010
That's Abusive? the truth hurts huh? , it's why the mods are working overtime!
MelissaGoldman   03:41 PM on 10/04/2010
I doubt that Jews control all the media stations because I'm pretty sure if that were true, I'd have been informed this in our Elders of Zion secret society meetings but if Jews *did* control the media, or at a minimum, if Sanchez's boss(es) were Jewish, maybe he should should have thought about the consequences of his words before speaking them?
Also, if you believe Jews control the media and you have a problem with that, why would you want to go work for the media?
And further, is there anything that would stop Sanchez and any other likeminded individuals from setting up their own media station that would obviously not be Jewish owned?
GraphicMatt   04:50 PM on 10/04/2010
I missed you at that meeting last month! ; )
kylie   04:57 PM on 10/04/2010
Is Sanchez aware of Murdoch and his attempts to own everything every form of media; The T.V.Guide, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and FOX are not enough to appease his monopolist right-wing conglomerate!
The Jewish people "don't know prejudice or trials", Mr. Sanchez?
Your topical and historical facts, are a bit incomplete, and skewed.
Maybe, when you were going after Stewart's "bigotry", you were doing a good deal of projecting.
Stewart is great, but can't say the same for you.
blaharumph   10 hours ago (10:14 AM)
maybe he hoped to be fired and that somehow it would reinforce what he said (even though he's wrong)
blukazoo   02:05 PM on 10/04/2010
So, he's off to Pox where he'll be welcomed with open arms and closed minds.
Ron Diaz   01:47 PM on 10/04/2010
Exhibit "A" on not how to act in a work environment.
Cocky coast money,,,

He sounds like he be on FOX news. And he will.
suec03   02:07 PM on 10/04/2010
Not unless he enlists a rabbi and does community service and disavows his remarks.  Fox News Channel is very pro-Israel and does not want to alienate viewers who oppose antisemitism.
JohnboyWalton   12:48 PM on 10/04/2010
Hey Rick try being fat, ugly and stupid like me. Then come talk to me about prejudice. Seems to me you did pretty well for yourself. Maybe your fist assignment on Fox should be to go undercover at a BarMitzvah and catch them drinking the blood of a Virgin.
GraphicMatt   04:51 PM on 10/04/2010
Virgin? We drink the blood of freshly baptised christian babies when we get bar mitzva'ed. ; )
bronceye   12:31 PM on 10/04/2010
We can all be glad that he gave CNN an opportunity to do the right thing. This guy was the dumbest person I have listened to since bush.
Skyhawk   12:18 PM on 10/04/2010
He's a bad boy, a dirty dirty Sanchez.

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