October 1st, 2010
07:47 PM ET

CNN's Rick Sanchez out after controversial comments on Jews

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez left the network Friday afternoon, a day after making some controversial comments, including this about TV host Jon Stewart:

"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 was responding to a question from XM Sirius radio host Pete Dominick, who noted that Stewart is Jewish after Sanchez had called him "a bigot," saying Stewart is biased against "everybody else who's not like him."

Full story here.

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Filed under: Judaism • TV

soundoff (566 Responses)
  1. CCBanee

    I am very sad and it is my hope that those who speak the truth will not be punished for doing so.

    October 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  2. Peter

    the only reason i watched CNN is during that time slot was to watch Ricks List. i'm not into any of the other shows on CNN there all vanilla. i will sometimes watch the situation room but even that is boring and no style too it. i think CNN ratings will suffer greatly

    October 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
    • Diego

      Rick is a white Hispanic you moron - like me. Most Cubans are. Just look at him. So you were getting a taste of "vanilla" while watching him as well.

      October 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
  3. sha

    How many anchors did CNN lose lately
    Larry in Dec

    Is this the way a global network works? It shows a shaky network and will surely shutdown in no time

    October 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  4. sha

    Shame on you CNN! Lost another anchor to FOX

    October 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  5. Pam

    Really, Rick Sanchez, you're not a moron?? Really?? I'm wondering how people get so lost in their own worlds that they fail so miserably to see what's right and wrong anymore. How did the line between sensible and ridiculous get so convoluted? I suppose it's the loud screeches of simple minded idiots and Fox news who panders and does a monkey dance for them. Why do people choose to be such a******s? Does it make you feel better or superior? Sanchez was just mad because Stewart was pointing out what Sanchez himself already knew-that he was an idiot. So Sanchez did what all terribly insecure people do, try to overcompensate. But of course, let's crumble millions of years of evolution and make waste of civilized society and basic human decency so that you can feel better about youself. All you people who defend Sanchez and his comments, this obviously does not apply to you.

    October 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  6. MeMelvin

    I have always found Rick's comments about most subjects to be boarderline prejudice. As with all bigots, sooner or later they let slip what is in their hearts and their "edginess" turns into a fall over the edge.

    Now the the next bigot to lose his job should be Rush Limbaugh! But Fox New has shown itself to be a network of, by and for bigots.

    October 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  7. JP


    See above..The Man Who Fired Rick Sanchez

    October 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  8. zomole

    wow! thats a chocker really like this i cant believe it man thats no more who`s on rick list any more

    October 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  9. Andrea

    Because telling the truth gets you fired.

    October 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  10. Robin

    So Long, Sanchez! You are the BIGGEST Loser!!
    Not to mention the lousiest third-rate reporter. Its a wonder you lasted as long as you did. Everyone who knows you laughs at you behind your back, as well as to your face. Too bad you don't know how to take it. Oh, poor you!

    October 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Peter

      Your ignorant and mean spirited

      October 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  11. Fran

    Shame on CNN for what boils down to a gross violation of Ricks' first ammendmentment right. I can't help but wonder how the situation would have been handled had these comments been made by a non latino such as Wolf Blitzer? I will never again support CNN in any capacity. Rick was the most entertaining, intelligent and insightful voice on CNN, I will NEVER watch CNN again! CNN-your loss will undoubtably be some elses (perhaps FOX?) gain!!!

    October 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  12. konigstephan

    Watch out folks. Don't you ever talk against J*** here. They might track you down and triangulate on you. You may pay the price some day because they won't forget you. And, honestly, I'm only half joking.

    Shame on you CNN.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  13. Gary

    Can you please get rid of Jack Cafferty too please? His rantings belong on FOX.

    October 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  14. Ken

    CNN din't lose anything by firing Rick Sanchez. He should have been given the boot long ago.

    October 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  15. Larry Phelan

    It's B-@#$% ! CNN is supposed to be keeping them honest, supposed to be unbiased. Bring back Sanchez! I'll be watching CNBC, as will my family and friends. Speaking the truth still gets you fired these days. Pathetic!

    October 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  16. J Parks

    CNN, be ashamed.
    This looks like a violation of First Amendment Rights. Rick Sanchez was overworked by you and then tossed aside for expressing frustration.
    Good bye CNN.

    October 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  17. Jeff

    He killed a man drunk driving in Florida and fled the scene. He was always very arrogant and glad to see him gone.

    October 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  18. Yu

    This is CNN "freedom of speech," "freedom of the press." This is by those "noble" people advocating "freedom of speech", "press freedom" in the most clear and unambiguous interpretation. You can criticize others (as Chinese), do not need to apologize for cursing is wrong. The company will shield you top; but criticize Jews? no, I'm sorry, get out, " Sanchez is no longer employees of the Company." However, Sanchez wrong? I do not know him and teasing each other, another star of that part, but the few Jews who really big effort. Not too much to say that "American is just a few coins only in Jews’ hip pocket wallet only."
    Remember the truth: No criticize Communist Party in China; No criticize Jews in U.S.A. otherwise in trouble.

    October 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  19. Amy

    I'm glad he is gone. He was a complete moron. The guy has been a joke for years, I'm surprised it took this long to get rid of him. The news channels need to clean house and get rid of annoying and arrogant anchors.

    October 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Tanya

    Why is no one considering his employer, CNN, fired him for criticizing them? Would you want someone obviously hostile to you working for you? Perhaps this has nothing to do with calling Jon Stewart a bigot or making comments that could be construed as anti-semitic and everything to do with insubordination. In fact, the unnamed executive Sanchez mentions might be the exact person who showed him the door.

    Just another perspective.

    October 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
    • Karen

      Look at the headline. They tell you exactly why they fired Sanchez.

      October 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
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