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Rick Sanchez leaves CNN: What do you think?

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is no longer with CNN, a day after calling "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a bigot and suggesting that Jews run CNN and other media companies.

What do you think?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  October 1, 2010; 7:01 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Who's Rick Sanchez?

Posted by: hyperiontc | October 1, 2010 7:43 PM

First thing CNN that's really smart in quite a while. The guy was so abrasive and opinionated, it was pathetic. Not news, but commentary masquarding as news.
The comment to Sanchez, on radio, was that Jews were a minority. Right away Sanchez added an adjective, "oppressed," and went on his rant. He distorted what was said.
Sanchez can't seem to take a ribbing. He should listen to himself. I got exhausted turningj to him a few years ago, just in two minutes. Mile a minute and shouting.
Good riddance.

Posted by: diamond2 | October 1, 2010 7:45 PM

Sanchez will probably to to Fox News.

Posted by: diamond2 | October 1, 2010 7:46 PM

CNN lost all credibiity when it started putting on opinion journalists like Glen Beck and Rick Sanchez in the first place. You reap what you sow. CNN used to be the elite of television when it focused on hard news (i.e. the Ted Turner, Bernie Shaw, Judy Woodruff era). But now it has become a laughingstock full of entertainment dribble and opinion shows. When you put motormouths like Sanchez on the air and ask them to express opinions on every little piece of news, you really can't complain when he says something you don't agree with, no matter how ridiculous or offensive it is.

Posted by: BushMustGo | October 1, 2010 7:59 PM

I'll give a second vote for "Who's Rick Sanchez?" Never heard of him until this incident.

Ahhh, Rick, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 1, 2010 8:00 PM

When will the news reporters just do their job and report the news instead of using their position to give us a version of the news as they see it...and try to get us to endorse their position. I don't care what their personal position is on ANY issue.
I just want them to report what's going on in the world and let me decide what my position will be on current events!

Posted by: nanwisch | October 1, 2010 8:01 PM

Rick Sanchez was a very annoying and not especially bright journalist. I agree that he personalized his reporting making it his own little take on the news. And that got sickening because he wasn't insightful. He brought nothing new to the table and thought he was funny when he could have been ironic. But then to be that he'd need to have a greater world view. The Ivy League elitism he referred to exists, but where was his historical perspective besides having Cuba in his hindsight?

Posted by: EliseHavernot | October 1, 2010 8:09 PM

Could Rick Sanchez be any more of a bufoon? Does he not realize the hypocrisy of calling someone a bigot in one breath and then making the most antisemtic remarks in the next? Stewart was right to make fun of this moron.

Posted by: chadborman | October 1, 2010 8:12 PM

what was at all offensive about this? he said jewish americans are not "oppressed" and as evidenced cited their prominence among CEO's of major corporations (which is true). Now you can certainly argue that his argument isnt logical, or that jews are oppressed, but...so what? but because someone "takes offense" does not mean your words are offensive, let along ground for termination.

Posted by: dummypants | October 1, 2010 8:12 PM

CNN should have given him a chance to apologize and move on. CBS was right to give Andy Rooney a second chance. Apparently, CNN does not believe in second chances.

Posted by: newfl | October 1, 2010 8:13 PM

Thankfully this hypocrite now has to find another job. I wonder where he'll show up next? A true jerk who killed a man in a traffic accident and left the scene of the crime. All he cared about then and now is himself.

Posted by: PittAlum | October 1, 2010 8:16 PM

I'm a Hispanic Woman and I can tell you this Rick Sanchez is probably one of the most ignorant newscasters I've ever seen, and that is saying a lot given the current state of TV journalism. This guy just oozed stupidity every time he opened his mouth. Oops, that probably means I'm an educated elitist, sorry... NOT!

Posted by: edeliz | October 1, 2010 8:18 PM

CNN fires Rick Sanchez but gives Eliot Spitzer a prime time show. Whose "crime" was more severe? There is something terribly wrong at CNN.

Posted by: cm-atl | October 1, 2010 8:19 PM

CNN fires Rick Sanchez but gives Eliot Spitzer a prime time show. Whose "crime" was more severe? There is something terribly wrong at CNN.

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Sanchez's crime was being so incredibly stupid and buffoonish.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 1, 2010 8:23 PM

I am so happy about this. This guy's intelligence level was low. He said dumb things on a regular basis. To me, he seemed unprepared frequently and his handling of guests and interviews was poor at best.

I don't agree with his commentary at all but I find it interesting that this is what did him in.

Posted by: Samael | October 1, 2010 9:00 PM

I think Jon Stewart should have had to pay Rick Sanchez for making his job so easy!

Now Stewart will have to hire another writer to fill this weekly silly spot.

Now for a bit of Reason!

Jon Stewart should become a standard anchor on CNN and Sanchez should move to comedy central. Neither one will have to change their shows any.

Posted by: artvalla | October 1, 2010 9:08 PM

He had to be drunk... how did he think he would survive that? And he was angry at Stewart before??? He just gave Stewart about a weeks of free material... Come Monday, Stewart will be replaying that whole interview and ripping him to pieces.

Posted by: hchattaway1 | October 1, 2010 9:19 PM

Jon Stewart and Eliot Spitzer don't suck at their jobs.

CNN had already had enough of this guy, maybe that's why he ragged on them too. He was probably on notice before he went off the deep end.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2010 9:31 PM

Does anyone doubt that the vast majority of media executives are Jewish? Perhaps a survey should be made of the religion of those in charge. I am not a Rich Sanchez follower, but its unfair to penalize him if he speaks the truth. As to Jews being oppressed many of the professional people and wealthy bankers are Jewish. I've not seen "oppression".

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 1, 2010 9:44 PM

H should have gone a long time ago. The guy is just not that smart. The other day, for example, when discussing National Punctuation Day, he said that one should put a semicolon after "however" and a comma before it. That is just plain stupid. Maybe he misspoke, but every time I've listened to him, I've wondered why he has that job.

Posted by: bwdprof | October 1, 2010 9:50 PM

What Rick Sanchez states about being a minority in a position like his and having a white big-wig say something demeaning to you subtly is absolutely 100% true. That is a fact of life if you're NOT white, NOT male and not in the top tier in or out of corporate America ANYTHING.

Bully management is a fact of life in America. That the top tier is usually male and white, also a fact of life in America.

But to rant about it on a broadcast seems a little naive. My guess is he and brass were probably already bumping heads and he knew he was leaving; figured why not take a swipe at brass and get back at Stewart in one shot. Go out in a blaze.

However his Jewish comments, statistically true or not; completely inappropriate. "Going out in a blaze of bigot" is stupid and puts the kibosh on any single moment of credibility he's worked his behind off to earn. Seriously.

I'm sort of hoping this was a knee jerk thing because if he planned this he’s an idiot.

And I’m talking “A member of the GOP on the senate floor microphone two inches from his face broadcasting live on all networks and cable news open mouth and out comes insanely stupid on youtube 5 minutes later and to remain there for the rest of time” kind of idiot.

Posted by: MPATL | October 1, 2010 10:00 PM

He'll now move to Fox

Posted by: KarenLS | October 1, 2010 10:09 PM

What Rick said in the radio show is something many of others in and out the media have said for years now. I don't support what he said, but it's nothing I haven't heard before.

Posted by: enchantress_ashley | October 1, 2010 10:36 PM

Poor Rick. He can't understand good advice because his ego stands in his way. The "white man" advice to work as a reporter would have helped him avoid his current situation--because he would have been less exposed to make silly remarks. But Rick couldn't step back and make an objective assessment of himself and instead went to the discrimination complaint. He was just not that good, sorry.

Posted by: edarden4u | October 1, 2010 10:40 PM

BTW why doesn't Jon Stewart use his real name?
Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz


Why doesn't Larry King use his real name?
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger

All these folks in broadcast media have fake names you really don't know who is hiding what secret. Or leaving what out..
at least rich uses MOST of his name..
Ricardo León "Rick" Sánchez de Reinaldo

Posted by: digtldesk | October 1, 2010 10:44 PM

OMG, have you ever listened to the comments on FOX? This man says something---gives his opinions, and he's fired.
Rick was with CNN since 2004. Wasn't this enough time to know what he was all about? In fact, they even promoted him to Primetime. Or, did CNN hire new anchors for the 8:00 pm slot, and get rid of Sanchez to downsize? Did CNN use his remarks as an excuse to get rid of him to save money?
John Steward's remarks were also out of line like a lot of things John says.
I'm not a fan of Rick's but he has a family to support. What an ending to a fine career.
It's a US WORLD gone nuts!"

Posted by: rubydiana | October 1, 2010 10:45 PM

I think there's a lesson for all of us here: if you want to fight bigotry and oppression, start by taking a good look in the mirror.

Racism and stereotyping are basic human behavior; but democratic society is built on respect for human and minority rights.

Anybody who puts down jews, or muslims, or mexicans, or (...), is trashing themselves, and trashing the real principles this country is founded on.

Sanchez seems like an idiot - but an idiot that got got in a wave of paranoia and intolerance that is part of the current American zeitgeist.

If it isn't the the blacks or the muslim terror mosques, it's got to be the jews...

Posted by: al75 | October 2, 2010 12:01 AM

This guy was not much different than Glen Beck, maybe less goofy. I can tolerate Beck for about 10 seconds but Sanchez for only five. Why did CNN hire him in the first place? He's a biased pontificator.

Posted by: interactingdc | October 2, 2010 1:12 AM

He's a moron. If he felt that he was targeted by the NE "elites" he is delusional. If he was "targeted" for anything it was because of his stupidity, not his ethnicity. The Jon Stewart piece was hilarious.

Posted by: Afraid4USA | October 2, 2010 6:26 AM

Sanchez can't be too smart if by now he hadn't been aware of a primary rule of American journalism: NEVER, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM, CRITICIZE JEWS OR ISRAEL.
Witness Helen Thomas and a long list of other unfortunates.
As for the truth of his statement about the predominance of Jews in American journalism: well I don't see anybody out there publishing a list of major American media companies and Jewish presence therein.
The results would undoubtedly confirm Sanchez' allegation.

Posted by: dcnorte | October 2, 2010 8:34 AM

Totally unjustified firing, since he was merely expressing his personal view, which really serves to evidence his point. Is freedom to speak out only good when not referring to jews and blacks? Or perhaps we should add others, such as muslims, arabs, mexicans, and so on?

CNN has simply sanctioned the many reasons it is losing viewers and will continue to lose them. I will be one of those.

Posted by: YAMPALINA | October 2, 2010 9:04 AM

Sanchez is an upside-the-head-slap dude-what-were-you-thinking idiot! The radio host told him hey, Jon Stewart's my former boss and a friend of mine and Sanchez continued his diatribe against Stewart and Jews. What the hey? And before Sanchez starts his rounds of whining about his first amendment rights being squashed let's remind him that he can say whatever he wants. But his employer doesn't have to like it; and if the audience doesn't want to hear it, he has to go. I watch The Daily Show every night and not once did Stewart do anything but point out that Sanchez was a terrible reporter. He embarrassed CNN and himself because he was ignorant and unprofessional. Sanchez, don't let the door hit you on your way out.

Posted by: sue1047 | October 2, 2010 11:34 AM

Ah yes, to old gem gets pulled out and polished up again. If you are a failure in life, or dim, just blame the Jews. It is sooo much easier to blame 1% of the worlds population for your own failures rather than look into the mirror and realise - "Hey, if I actually studied in school I would have known that Hawaii is NOT in South American!". What a dolt and good riddance.

Posted by: kschur1 | October 2, 2010 11:52 AM

Rick's statement with reference to the Jewish dominance of the media in USA is correct. Those who disagree with Rick on this, please obtain a list of owners, producers, and decision makers of major US networks, and find it for yourselves. He had gone overboard by calling Jon Stewart a bigot, but later he corrected it as "prejudicial." Jon Stewart often picks on Rick, but that may not be construed as bigotry.
Rick's firing proves one more important point:
In USA you cannot criticize the Jewish people without being labeled antiSemite even when you have overwhelming evidence to support what you say. This immunity against being criticized is heavenly ordained and not debatable. No other people on earth enjoys this protection. It is a crime to possess a thought process that promotes a negative image of Jewish people, much less expressing the thought through an action. To me, this does not pass the freedom of expression test.

But I have a Jewish boss and more importantly I have kids to raise, and mortage to pay, and no one is sending me to a detention center for being who I am.

So, If I do not like what happened to Rick, all I can do is switching to Al Jazeera (as long as the US Government does not block their broadcast!).

Posted by: KhokaAlam | October 2, 2010 11:56 AM

Wow -- can't believe the number of bigoted comments on here in support of this guy.

Sanchez had a right to exercise his free speech rights, but CNN also has the right to fire a journalist who has shown that he is bigoted and cannot be impartial. And dumb as all get out.

Posted by: msame | October 2, 2010 12:16 PM

As usual, several of the posts are using what happened to Sanchez as an example of our supposed lack of freedom of speech. The government isn't firing Sanchez, CNN is. Through its management's decisions, a corporation can act in its own best interests, and that's apparently what CNN feels it is doing by axing Sanchez. Freedom of speech does not necessarily extend to the workplace, if the employer feels the speech is damaging. Truth is not the litmus test. Example: you get a job at McDonald's, and tell everyone that comes up to the counter, "Wendy's is right up the street, and they have better hamburgers." You get fired. Is this a violation of your freedom of speech?

Posted by: exdcdenizen | October 2, 2010 12:34 PM

It sounds like Rick Sanchez understands on a deep level that he's not a good journalist but he's not willing to admit it to himself. Instead, he's blaming everyone else for holding him back. He doesn't want to face the fact that he's the one who is holding himself back.
CNN, you should have dumped him long ago.

Posted by: smseibel | October 2, 2010 5:22 PM

I remember Rick from his performance in Miami TV during those hard days of "the child Elian case".The Cubans asking for the head of Florida Attorney General,Janet Reno.He was there a star of the Cuban hot-head anti-Fidel community.
In Miami any dissent with these ideas can be deadly.The intolerance there is awful.
Racism ? Also.Against black people and Hiatians or anyone who is a dissenter.
Maybe CNN was piling up Rick´s flaws of his private life (DUI´s), and rants on TV as seen here,plus the "bigot" word, was the drop that filled up the glass.
Now,for sure,he will go back in triumph to his community that will wait for him with the open arms.There is where he belongs and will live comfortable with his strong
ideas and manners,in the local biased hispanic media of South Florida.

Posted by: hippusheight | October 2, 2010 11:03 PM

I remember Rick from his performance in Miami TV during those hard days of "the child Elian case".The Cubans asking for the head of Florida Attorney General,Janet Reno.He was there a star of the Cuban hot-head anti-Fidel community.
In Miami any dissent with these ideas can be deadly.The intolerance there is awful.
Racism ? Also.Against black people and Hiatians or anyone who is a dissenter.
Maybe CNN was piling up Rick´s flaws of his private life (DUI´s), and rants on TV as seen here,plus the "bigot" word, was the drop that filled up the glass.
Now,for sure,he will go back in triumph to his community that will wait for him with the open arms.There is where he belongs and will live comfortable with his strong
ideas and manners,in the local biased hispanic media of South Florida.

Posted by: hippusheight | October 2, 2010 11:06 PM

I'm glad he is off the air. He seemed like an airagant Sanchez to me. I also hated that stupid theme music he played. What a bunch of crap. Him and his music. He's history, just like that pretty boy Dillion Radigan from CNBC. Remember that clown? Wonder what ever happened to him. WOW, what a flammer he was.

Posted by: DoRight1 | October 4, 2010 9:32 AM

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