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October 1, 2010

RICK SANCHEZ, GO ENJOY SOME QUIET TIME.... Part of CNN's Rick Sanchez's shtick is that he's something of a buffoon. Despite occasional moments of lucidity, Sanchez is known for making odd on-air remarks and pulling bizarre stunts for no apparent reason.

With that in mind, it's not surprising that Jon Stewart has, from time to time, made Sanchez the target of some barbed jokes. After having been embarrassed on "The Daily Show" more than a few times, I don't doubt that Sanchez starts to get resentful. But there's a right way and a wrong way to respond to this sort of mockery.

This, for example, is the wrong way.

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."

As Sanchez sees it, Stewart is one of the "elite, Northeast establishment liberals" who consider Sanchez unworthy, apparently because of his ethnicity. After talking about Stewart's parents -- I'm still not sure why -- Sanchez was asked who, exactly, Stewart is bigoted against. The CNN personality "everybody else who's not like him."

If he had just stopped there, this would only be a dumb thing to say. But he didn't stop there.

[Sanchez] 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.

Specifically, Sanchez said, with plenty of sarcasm, "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?"

I have no idea what this guy was thinking, but these remarks are both offensive and idiotic. An apology seems like a no-brainer, and I wouldn't be surprised if CNN asked Sanchez to go enjoy a little quiet time.

Update: Greg Sargent posted the relevant portion of the transcript, and suggests there's a way to interpret the comments as being less anti-Semitic. I'm not convinced, but go ahead and check it out and see what you think.

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In the blogosphere we call this playing oppression olympics.

Posted by: thebewilderness on October 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

Jon Stewart is going to have a funny bit on this during the next show, I would assume. It will be fun to watch.

Posted by: Margaret on October 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

CNN should throw his ass in the gutter. You know, to make it easy for Fox to find him.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on October 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

And I presume after Colbert pokes fun at him, Sanchez will go after Catholics?

Posted by: Hmmmmm on October 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

More seriously, this type of thinking (the Jews are taking over) is what led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party (must destroy the Jews).

Posted by: Hmmmmm on October 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

I think Rick is going to have quiet time aplenty.

Meanwhile, Hell's Littlest Angel gets my "Post o' the Day!"

Posted by: chrenson on October 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Fun Fact To Know And Tell: Douglas MacArthur was absolutely certain that Truman was Jewish.

Posted by: penalcolony on October 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Satire is always the most effective technique with which to attack both official authoritarian dogma and nincompoops such as Sanchez. It is biting and if done right, can be quite a meme-changer.

However, in a nation of dullards and halfwit Republicans (ah, but I repeat myself), satire is completely lost, over their heads, which means of course it is a tool of homosexual immigrant leftist terrorists.

Posted by: terraformer on October 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

What a schmuck!

Paint a target on yourself much?

Posted by: Trollop on October 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Having just crossed the one line nobody in public life or media gets to cross without paying the cost, Sanchez just signed his own resignation and turned himself into an "otherwise-unemployable", that is unless he decides to become officially the right wing buffoon he really is, in which case Fox will be glad to hire him. Maybe he can be sponsored for a radio talk show by Druggie Limpdick.

Posted by: TCinLA on October 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Um ... why would CNN give him some time off, or even fire him?

After all, it's a network who hired a guy who called a Supreme Court justice a "child molesting goat fucker."

Seems to me like Sanchez fits in perfectly over there.

Posted by: Mark D on October 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

In the words of Mr. Gump, "stupid is as stupid does." What a dope.

Posted by: Michael Carpet on October 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

If everybody at CNN is a lot like Jon Stewart (real name Hymie Rosenfeld Rothschild, aka Hymie the Octopus), how come their shows aren't funny?


(chrenson, I blush. Thanks. (Is that a cash prize?))

Posted by: hells littlest angel on October 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Years ago he was run out of south florida after hitting and killing a guy while DUI. Then he shows up on national tv. Maybe this will end it all.

Posted by: Waynel on October 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Honestly why did he even say anything about what a comedian said about him? Stewart and Colbert make fun of people in the news media all the time. Sanchez could have laughed it off saying that anybody can be made to look like a fool, by finding a few minutes here and there of goofiness out of the hours of reporting that they do. Stewart has never shown any animosity toward him, like he has some of the people at FOX. He just seems to find Sanchez goofy and an easy target. What an overreaction and then to attack his own bosses? WOW!

Posted by: Dayland S on October 1, 2010 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Mark D., you have a point.

Now I'm depressed.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on October 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. You really have to listen to the whole clip to see how deeply insecure Sanchez is. He simply cannot accept that he is an object of mirth because he does ridiculous things, regularly.

Must be because he's Puerto Rican. Right.
And the jews don't experience bigotry anymore. Right.

Posted by: Newton on October 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I vote for dumb. As in, as a post. And that goes for CNN too.

Posted by: MattF on October 1, 2010 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

After all, it's a network who hired a guy who called a Supreme Court justice a "child molesting goat fucker.
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"True. But then CNN's not run by child molesting goat fuckers."

-- Rick Sanchez

Posted by: Newton on October 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Ol' Ricky was a running joke in South Florida when he was an anchor on the local Fox station WSVN. He ran the " if it bleeds it leads" News at 10 pm. He was always doing or saying something reprehensibly stupid. Wot a Jerk

Posted by: john R on October 1, 2010 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Honestly why did he even say anything about what a comedian said about him?

Speaking ss someone who lived in Miami when Rick Sanchez was on TV everyday making a fool of himself and a mockery of the news profession, let me assure you that this is a gentleman, that despite appearing to be some sort of news clown, takes himself very seriously. He has never exhibited, in the 10-12 years I have been watching him in his various incarnations, even the most vestigial sense of humor about himself or any of the nonsense he does on a regular basis. I was amazed when I saw that CNN had given him a job and I find it disorienting when he, on occasion, actually says things that make sense.

Posted by: brent on October 1, 2010 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

@hellslittlestangel: Jon Liebowitz, actually.

There's nothing like a good "I'm the more oppressed minority" contest! With bonus points for calling the liberal caucasian a bigot -- well played, Mr. Dirty Sanchez, well played.

Of course, as George Lopez once rightly opined: "The Man wants us fighting with one another, 'cuz to him we're ALL [n-word]s ..."

Posted by: ManOutOfTime on October 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

I was amazed when I saw that CNN had given him a job and I find it disorienting when he, on occasion, actually says things that make sense.
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I used to cut him some slack because of those times and because it made me think he actually cared and had a good heart.

No one could have anticipated he would use his mouth as a weapon and fly it into CNN.

Posted by: Newton on October 1, 2010 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

He critized Colbert, and Rachel Maddow, and Keith Olberman, and Bill O'Reilly. Two of which are opposite his 8:00 pm show.

Sanchez can not hold a candle to any of these (even, though it kills me to say, O'Reilly).

And don't forget, Sanchez has been critized by no else than the President of the United States.

Jealous loser is our Rick.

Posted by: Lance on October 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

Sanchez is hillarious, anyone remember his interview with Charlize Theron? Should be up on youtube

Posted by: RYK on October 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Seems to me CNN would get rid of him for the sole reason that he is driving viewers to Comedy Central in droves. If I could get CC, I would watch Jon and Stephen regularly. I have basic cable and am also deprived of FOX cable...WAAHHH

Posted by: st john on October 1, 2010 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Rick Sanchez: "When you think of a volcano you think of Hawaii and long words like that you don't think of Iceland, you think it's too cold to have a volcano there. . ."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laptaCg0BHA

Posted by: cld on October 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

I'm another south Floridian with unfortunate memories of Rick Sanchez and the demise of the once excellent local tv news in Miami. He is one of the pioneers in constantly splashing mug shots of "thuggish" black men all over tv news and shaping white America's perception of anyone African American as a potential criminal. So for him to whine about racism is really rich.

Especially since he grew up Cuban American in the predominantly Cuban American community of Hialeah.

Posted by: lou on October 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Sanchez was fired by CNN this evening.

Posted by: Steven on October 1, 2010 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

I think he should be careful attempting to curry sympathy from other hispanics. Cuban though he may be, he can pass for a WASP, which was probably somehow the point of hiring him.

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