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. Mariel

    I have to go back to boring old Fox now. Because Eliot Spitzer is in this spot. And I don't like the
    other evening hosts on CNN.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  2. Jalal & Mahin

    Shame on CNN, the best proof that media is not free is what Rich said. We love him and sure another less controlled network will hire him.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Mark B

    Go CNN! America is 100% behind you. CNN is a class act and the country thanks you for putting bigots in their place. Where Fox encourages and rewards bias in reporting, CNN can at least tel the difference between the integrity of news reporting and the act of spreading thoughtless bias.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  4. Ronald

    CNN you suck! bring back Rick Snachez! im switching 2 FOX! u guys suck!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:46 am |
    • pamela sanders

      I want him somewhere too, but cnn is not worthy of him now. He should go somewhere that will appreciate him, and wants the truth. Most of the people at cnn are just suck ups.

      October 18, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  5. karen

    Rick was open & honest – jon stewart should not be allowed on tv – he is cruel & mean & thinks he is funny at everyone else's's expense. To fire rick because of stewart is a very stupid move. Anderson Cooper is cnn's best reporter – larry king needs to go soon! Parker/sprintzer are a good addition, Wolf is okay – but that's all you got. Without Cooper you would have nothing to attract an audience. John King is also a good addition – but during the day cnn has nothing!

    October 16, 2010 at 2:39 am |
  6. Alicia

    CNN is wrong for firing Rick because of that idiot. Rick has the right to express his opinion and I believe he is correct. Who is really running CNN? It is ashamed that you fired your best reporter.

    October 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Bill

    Up until this strategic blunder Rick Sanchez deserves credit. He has parlayed 2 weeks of 24 hour commercial free, his worthless crying and emotional outburst in the 1992 coverage of Hurricane Andrew for a local Miami station into career opportunities that are awarded to the elite of the news industry. As lead anchor for this WSVN channel 7, he convinced producers to run segments of his hurricane coverage constantly in their promotional spots until he landed better career opportunities. Sanchez Achilles Heal is that he doesn't think before he speaks and he really stung himself here, regardless of if it was provoked or not. He had to know that most contracts of his nature will contain a morals clause that would make it prudent to avoid any form of ethnic comments that might be considered offensive. One can say he deserved a second chance and that is open for debate. As someone who reports news Rick had to be aware that history has shown media figures have paid dearly in the past for similar types of comments. This should have been a clear indication to Rick to sidestep a question designed to elicit a controversial reply, and disassociate himself with the inference that was being suggested by the person interviewing him.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:00 am |
  8. jb

    After watching and listening to Sanchez' remarks, I am shocked that he was fired. Did he not tell the truth? Is that why he was silenced? It is poor decisions like this that stem prejudice. I'm embarassed for CNN. They had the right to fire him, but it was not logical unless they were looking for a reason to fire him.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  9. Iqbal khan


    October 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  10. Rosalie


    October 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  11. Juan Gonzalez

    I can't believe CNN fired Rick Sanchez, that shows how CNN is against hispanics and minorities, I invite all hispanics to quit watching CNN from now on. Rick Sanchez was our representation on the U.S television. Where ever you go Sanchez and gonna follow you.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  12. Kim

    Please bring Rick Sanchez back. He and Anderson Cooper are the best anchors on CNN. He mis-spoke, but apologized. Bring Rick back to do what he does best...give us the news and give it to us straight.

    October 8, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  13. Aaron

    Another bigot bites the dust, yay!

    October 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Lori

    If CNN did not approve of Sanchez’s comments, a reprimand would have sufficed. Since Rick Sanchez’s show is the only reason I ever watch CNN, I’ll find something else to watch now. Though I disagreed with Sanchez on quite a few issues, he was entertaining, insightful, and straightforward; I watched his show every day. I cannot believe CNN made such a foolish mistake!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  15. Jews Over Represented

    Jews are BIGOTS by their own definition of being the "chosen ones".

    There could be 18 Jewish Senators from Israel in the US Senate in November. The Jewish population of USA is less than 2% or 7 million Jews.

    The Hispanic population is 50 million and there is only 1 Hispanic Senator.

    The African-American population is 40 million and there is only 1 Afro-American Senator.

    Does that make sense that 7 million Jews get 18 Senators and 90 million minorities get 2 Senators?

    The Supreme Court has 4 Jewish Justices or 45% of the seats on the court for only 2% of the US population.

    Beyers, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan are all Jews. (Sotomayor is a Portuguese Jew – her father is Jewish.)


    Jews do not OVERTLY control everything but they do have disproportionate influence in relation to their extremely small demographic numbers.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  16. Al Abraham

    It is a fact that Rick Sanchez was accused for the same reasons White house reporter Helen Thomas, Mel Gibson, etc. were accused before when they talked about the Jews and their influence in this country which is basically true. Even though we should not be bias against the jews or any other minority but it is still true. Based on free speech, Rick sanchez statement was not that damaging compared to the insulting statements made repeatedly by the president of Iran and other international leaders about the jews. Please let Ricl Sanchez go back to his job because he was fair and unbias. If we keep shutting up every one talking only about the Jews, then the situation it will spread and gets worse against the jews. Actaually by firing Rick Sanchaz, you are hurting the jews even more in the long run. Careful.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  17. Robert

    I'm surprised on how bizarre things have gotten with CNN, Betty Nguyen now Rick Sanchez, honestly CNN shame on you. I think there is more to be said about CNN then there is Rick Sanchez. When in doubt, kick them out. Does that sound about right CNN. As a Marine we stand by eachother, yet when one screws up we don't ditch them, we stand next to them and guide them were they went wrong. There are some that don't want to be helped yet doesn't mean they all can't be asked if they need it.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  18. Helen

    Will miss Rick, the only news channel I watched for the last 2 yrs between 3 and 5pm, lately opting to watch him rather than Oprah. Yes, some call him 'loud' and other names, I find him refreshing and engaging, will only watch CNN Anderson Cooper for now!

    October 6, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  19. i want rick back

    cnn u suck!!!!!

    October 5, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  20. i want rick back

    cnn needs to bring back rick!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
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