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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."

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Filed under: Judaism • TV

soundoff (566 Responses)
  1. marvin drysdale

    rick sanchez has a face but he doesn't have good neural connections in his brain. it doesn't matter that he thinks jews aren't a minority–it was a mistake for him to have been hired all through his career. his level of incompetence was at the first entry job in journalism. he is a fool. he can obsess about how stupid he is for the next twentyfive years.

    October 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  2. Richard Murphy

    CNN: Thanks for firing Rick Sanchez. The guy was an embarrassment to journalism and to your network. Just seeing him on the screen would ensure that I would click by CNN to another station. Now that Sanchez is gone, here's one viewer who will happily return to CNN's audience.

    October 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
    • Brittany

      +1 viewer for CNN amounts to nothing for the 1 million CNN viewers gone

      October 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  3. Tahar Abousejir

    To Rick
    For the truth you told, go to ALJAZIRA; love to have you. and, read the Quran. I'll miss you.

    October 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Rick Sanchez sucks. He should have been fired a long time ago.

    October 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  5. ALBGunner04

    So he got fired for telling the truth on a radio programme? I guess it was the Jew that was in charge of his job that fired him.

    October 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  6. Wow

    Seems like a very mild comment. No offense taken It looks like CNN took more offense than the Jewish community and is spinning the remark as against an ethnic group. As a member of the Jewish community, I would like to say that we very much believe in freedom of speech and of the press, and that this remark was very mild and not offensive at all. Shame on CNN for using the Jewish community as a strawman in their personal issues with Mr. Sanchez.

    October 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  7. Dianne

    When Rick was given his 3 to 5 shift, I sent CNN an e-mail saying "don't do it". He is a self-centered person who seems to think he is more important than the stories he reports. When he was doing the 8 pm shift, I switched channels. Thank goodness it took his big mouth to get him off CNN

    October 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  8. Tammy

    Does no one read history? The Jews were a huge force in the developement of cinema and other medias. Sanchez really did speak truthfully about their influence in the realm. He was a bit snarky, true enough, but maybe slap on the wrist stuff. What a knee-jerk reaction on the part of CNN. I guess no one is allowed to think "out of the box" anymore. We are so PC about everything now, it becomes nauseating.

    October 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  9. MikeJ in Houston

    CNN has only two people worth hearing: Anderson Cooper and Jack Cafferty. Sanchez was mediocre at best and Wolf
    Blitzer is barely more than a dandified sales rep with his constant "...exclusively here on CNN...". Sanchez deserved firing
    for his rant (he would have been fired in any other industry for that kind of yap about it's management). Now, all you angry
    bloggers here: A great number of you can barely write a complete sentence, and the rest of you exhibit the same kind of
    bigotry that Sanchez himself did (and that Jon Stewart also shows). callie253 is one the very few here who has exhibited
    a good assessment of Sanchez's firing.

    October 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  10. Apple Cork

    I believe that his dismissal is a tipycal reaction "by the book" then many american multinationals organizations have.
    a written warning could been enough in that case... moreover at the end of the day we all know then Jewish leading america.
    enfortunately CNN is not the only one to act "by the book" in apple too the policis are quite funny about everything and you can loos you job for a silly matter ... in my opinion that is a regim run into a company....

    October 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  11. CNN Fan since inception-GONE forever

    FM. My words may not be up the your standards and for that I sincerly apologize. The truth they convey is BEYOND your comprehension of true fairness to all: ALL OF 6-7 billion of usUS. Not approximately 7-10 million people. I am not a racist. My brother is half black, my children are half Asian Indian. I am an educated white "Gentile". You just can't stand the realy truth be discussed OUT LOAD in person or in writing. That would BLOW THE SCAM. Why?

    October 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  12. Gloria

    I'm so sorry to hear about Rick being fired, there are so many people making comments these days how can you pick on one man to say he's wrong? He shouldn't have said it but he could have said he was sorry like everyone else and gone on he's fun to watch and I for one hope he returns and soon

    October 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  13. Bob

    Good ridance, go to San Diego and join Ruben he likes illegal aliens also. NOW if only CNN would replace Wolf with Geoff the robot from the Craig Ferguson show they would be OK.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  14. sophistaphunk

    Talk about religious imperialism!!! You know, people try to accuse African-Americans for being overly-sensitive. But I have never seen a group of people pull the victim card more than Jews. If you sneeze, you're antisemitic. If you fart, you are antisemitic. Exploiting political correctness for personal interests is UNACCEPTABLE. This man gets fired for stating the truth, a fact. Would Anderson Cooper get fired for stating that BET is not ran by black people, off the clock? CNN, you are ridiculous... you just proved that to the world, your ratings will continue to decline and you owe Rick Sanchez a public apology.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  15. patti777

    THIS JUST GOES TO PROVE THAT SANCHEZ WAS RIGHT. LIKE JON STEWART SAID, "IF HE APOLOGIZES, WE'LL GIVE HIM HIS JOB BACK." THE JEWS HAVE MADE THEMSELVES SACRED COWS. FOR THE MOST PART JEWS CONSIDER THEMSELVES WHITE BECAUSE IT IS CONVENIENT FOR THEM TO "PASS." BUT THEY BECOME MINORITIES AS NEEDED FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL CAUSES. MANY JEWS HAVE TOLD ME THAT BEING JEWISH IS A RELIGION, NOT A RACE. SO PLEASE TELL ME WHAT EXACTLY DID RICK DO WRONG? TELL THE TRUTH?

    I will miss him greatly. His honesty and perspective were refreshing and made him a standout (along with Anderson Cooper) in a crowd of CNN clones.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • konigstephan

      I fully agre. Moreover, the concept of human race itself is a completely fallacious one. In contrast with the numerous races of dogs, cats and birds etc., there is only ONE human race and that's a biological fact. We all share the same ADN. The colour of the skin is irrelevant. One comes to believe that some minorities keep that false concept alive for their own benefit and not the other way around.

      October 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  16. callie253

    We (my daughter and I) have seen this day coming for quite some time and were surprised it took so long. I think he just pushed himself over the edge by shooting himself in his own foot. His anger has been showing through for so long, progressively, that even his language had begun to reflect it. More "damn" and "hell" words, among others were showing up and this is something that a good anchor would never do. So many things about his show had become annoying. He was angry about other cultures and yet, his show was reflecting the Hispanic culture more and more. We should respect that? We turned on to a news program and got Los Photos Dios and anything else that was aimed at the Hispanic culture. If that is what we wanted, we could turn on a different channel that has just that. Eventually, that is what we did but not after writing several notes to CNN about several things that bothered us about his show. One being, he would constantly say "coming up after this" and we would wait and wait and it usually didn't come on until 5 minutes before the show ended. For this we waited at least one hour...constantly "coming up"....it got annoying and that is when I wrote to CNN about that issue and a few other things. And nothing changed. So, we left the channel and only came back for Anderson Cooper. I believe Sanchez will end up at some radio station in some small town in Florida. He hates most of the people at Fox so why would he go there? It's going to be hard for him to find a good job after this mess.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  17. JSanchez

    The firing of Mr. Sanchez was totall overkill. If he said that jews run the media, he was simply telling the truth. There's no bigotry in that statement; it's a fact, that apparently no one is willing to say too loudly. I wish him good luck, CNN I thought you were above being petty.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  18. Ethan

    The comments were not anti-semitic enough (if at all) to warrant Sanchez's firing (this coming from a Jew). On that note, Rick Sanchez is a terrible anchor and journalist and needed to be gotten rid of. CNN was probably just looking for an excuse.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  19. jessica80

    I am a fan of Jon Stewart and I was never quite fond of Sanchez but i disagree the reasons for firing Sanchez. Perhaps, he was being singled out by Stewart but Sanchez lacked a sense of humor. I definitely don't think that Sanchez is anit-semite though. He said the truth, the Jewish people are the ones in power (my hat off to them for going from nothing to so much, it is a result of their sticking together which other groups should imitate). Sanchez mistake though, is to speak in a seemingly negative manner of those who pay his salary but then again, what happened to freedom of speech? . Stewart is priviledge compared to the hispanic expiene, regardless, of that hispanic's person skin color.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  20. FLORIAN

    YOUR CLAIM OF BEING A FAIR AND BALANCED NEWS ORGANIZATION IS COMPLETELTLY FALSE AND NOW I SEE THAT .
    YOU WOULD PREFER COMEDY RATINGS. RICK SANCHEZ HELPED ENGAGE HIS AUDIENCE TO CARE ABOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. IF CNN COULD FIRE ALL THE BIGOTS AND PREJUDICE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD START WITH THOSE WHO APPEAR TO BE TRAITORS TO OUR OWN COUNTRY AND PRESIDENT . ALL YOUR DOING IS CONTINUING TO PROMOTE PROPAGANDA FOR RATNGS. THAT WHICH YOU ALLEGE TO THE WORLD TO OPPOSE IN THE NEWS. SO...WELL YOU LOST MY RATING AND ARE AS BLIND AND FAR TO SENSITIVE TO REALLY TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WORLD AND ECONOMIC NEWS. YOU PREFER COMEDIANS AND QUESTIONS DESIGNED FOR ENTRAPMENT . THIS IS A COUNTRY BLINDED BY BIGOTRY AND PREJUDICE. ADDRESS THE REAL GLOBAL TRUTHS ABOUT CURRENCY, GREED AND THE RICH GETTING RICHER AND THE POOR GETTING CHILDREN, FORECLOSURES AND BANKRUPTCY CAUSED BY THE CONGRESS SO OUT OF TOUCH THAT OUR SYSTEMS ARE MIRED DOWN SO MUCH IT WILL REQUIRE GENERATIONS FOR CHANGE. BRINGING DOWN THE COST OF LIVING AND HEALTH CARE. HAVE WE ALL FORGOTTEN THE RACE RIOTS GAS SHORTAGES AND CIVILRIGHTS ISSUES .STOP THE PETTY BEHAVIOR ,BASICALLY REAL MEDIA HAS GONE UNDERGROUND AND FOR THE TRUTH FIND IT ONLINE . FIRING RICK SANCHEZ WAS SO EMBARASSING FOR CNN YOU WERE THE GIANTS BUT NOMORE! YOUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION WAS GENUINELY DEMONSTRATED SO UNBELIEABLE !
    YOUR AS BIG A MESS AS THE OTHER NEWS NET WORKS ARE!

    October 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
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