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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  1. arturo

    Sanchez was another blowhard sitting on a bar stool "newscaster". Beck and Olberman are the same, just in different bars.. One thing poor Risk never got to on his "list' was a brain.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  2. bullonay

    One less reason to watch this waste of space on the satellite...

    October 2, 2010 at 12:21 am |
  3. South Carolina girl

    Rick Sanchez should have never been fired. I refuse to watch CNN now!!!!!!This network will truly suffer..............................

    October 2, 2010 at 12:19 am |
    • Doogie

      It's OK, everybody in South Carolina was stealing cable from North Carolina anyway. 🙂

      October 2, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  4. Paul

    Yeah, Cynic, I mean Muslims certainly don't cause anyone harm... Look, Sanchez is a racist and has been for as long as I've watched him – he just finally revealed it in unvarnished terms. Take out the word Jew and insert Black... He would have been terminated just as quick. Jews aren't the enemy; ignorance and political correctness are.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  5. AZ

    Wow CNN – I've always respected your moral gauge, however I am disappointed in your fear. We all know the Jewish businessman are the owners at the highest levels of entertainment. It will be MORNING JOE and MSNBC for sure. You've lost a viewer. FYI – Rick Sanchez wasn't the only educated Hispanic. There is actually two of in the US!!

    October 2, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  6. Reality

    Important Note:

    The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And also "a-pe" to include "gra-pe. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

    More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:11 am |
    • Dave Goldman

      This is a great, great post. Please list other words that are filtered out, as I'm only half aroused.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:59 am |
  7. Cynic

    Great harm can come to a person when they bite the (Jewish) hand that feeds them.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:10 am |
    • Dave Goldman

      CNN is not run by Jews. It's owned by Time Warner, whose chairman, Jeffrey Bewkes, is not Jewish. The president of CNN/US, Ken Jautz, is not Jewish. Sanchez may have bitten a Jewish hand, but it wasn't the Jews who bit back.

      As a Jew, I can confirm that these executives are our puppets. (My mom controls Ken Jautz, so it was a big day in our family when he got promoted. We had ice cream!) In fact we control all non-Jews in positions of supposed power. That includes your boss, Cynic, so watch your words. We know.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:52 am |
    • Doogie

      Hey, since you seem to know something about biting Jews, is biting Jewish flesh Kosher? My friend wanted to have a cannibal themed bar-mitzvah, but you know his mom insists on a Kosher caterer.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:53 am |
  8. Reality

    Hmmm??? So-ur gra-pes?? CNN is actually pro-Arab??

    Sanchez recently lost his afternoon show on CNN Rick's List, which is being replaced by CNN Newsroom. The Daily Show co-nsidered Sanchez an inte-llectual light-weight compared to CNN stars Anderson Cooper and Wolf Bl-izter and made him the bu-tt of jo-kes, which Sanchez resented and thought was ra-cist. (He's His-panic.)

    CNN has always fought some per-ceptions that it is pro-Arab and anti-Israel. In July, CNN fired veteran Middle East correspondent Octavia Nasr after she tw-eeted about the pa-ssing of Hezbollah's Mohammad Hu-ssein Fadlallah saying that she respected him a lot. So this is the second dramatic dismissal of a CNN personality over outside comments

    October 2, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  9. Paul

    Thanks, Freddy. I will miss Rick's race-baiting "reporting" on anything Latino as it was entertaining to watch such a blatant bias masquerade as "journalism". I have less respect for him than anybody, even Hannity and Maddow – at least they're honest about where they're coming from.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  10. West

    GOOD RIDDENCE, the racist so and so. One down, two more to go - John King and Candy Crowley are useless news reporters and I can't wait until they screw up and show they true colors like Lou Dobbs and Rick Sanchez!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  11. Neil

    I never understood what some people's problems are with Jews anyway. Is it a religious thing? Is it a political thing? Is it simply an ignorant thing? I do not know. I don't think any of it matters. I personally think the whole matter stems from Christianity (from the religious viewpoint) and carried over to Islam (from the political/economic viewpoint). I think that if some world renown Rabbi would simply say, "Everything in the Judaeo-Christian Bible is B.S." The whole world can move on from their imaginary friend wars (since Christianity and Islam are all based on the same B.S.), the Israelites can be left alone in peace (their religious symbols would become simply their historical symbols), the settlers would respect the Palestinians territorial sovereignty (since their supernatural claims to Palestinian lands given to them by the U.N. would become totally bunk), countries like Iran would stop thinking about the "after life" through nuclear annihilation since clearly there is none, the world would turn Jerusalem and other "holy" cities into "World Heritage Sites" to be controlled by no one but administered by the U.N., the Arabs and Jews could create a free-trade zone where Israelis would help the poor people in Arabic countries achieve wealth and education and we would enter a new dynamic in thinking about our existence...not one based on a view of a bunch of sheep herders 2,000 years ago but one based on a study of humanity and common sense.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
    • Jeff

      One day when the old wrong folks are all gone, we make a better world.
      Except then we are the old ones, making a new mess that's just ain't much better after all.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:06 am |
    • Frank

      It's not really about Jews. It's more about certain people who present themselves as Jews, but aren't really. *coughZionistscough* In the end, it's not really about them, either.

      I should say that it's not just psychopathic 'Jews' who run the media. It's psychopathic gentiles, too. Everyone's in on the party!

      October 2, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  12. So long hypocrite!!

    Lots of Fox haters and Jew bashers commenting on this article... I can't stand Fox either, I mean what idiots would hire Eliot Spitzer? Oh, wait a second... Hey, CNN has traded one shameless hypocrite for another! Nice!! Something tells me y'all don't actually watch Fox and you don't know many Jews. Now why is CNN's ratings dropping faster than Paris Hilton's panties? Think... think... think...

    October 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  13. Gloria

    Jon Stewart is the idiot who should have been fired, I had to turn the channel everytime he came on. He is an arogant and worthless, nonfunny comic. Rick Sanchez may not have been CNN's best, but was doing a good job getting the news out and it appears a lot of people liked him. I hope another company picks him up.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  14. susan schwartz

    Thank you CNN for firing Rick Sanchez!!!! As always you stand for what is right!! Sanchez is off the wall and shouldn't represent your station or any other for that matter.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  15. Freddy

    So he insults Jon Stewart then says his bosses at CNN are just like Stewart. Is this guy a jackwagon or what? In other words, he decries others as racist then makes a more racist comment than Stewart has ever uttered. By the way, I'm with Paul – he was fun to laugh at.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  16. Nick Smith

    They should have fired him years ago for so adamantly defending illegal aliens in the US.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  17. Gone too soon

    Lou Dobbs set the bar of controversial minority remarks so high and for so long with CNN – Rick was slipping right under it.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
    • Gone too soon

      ....and he didn't even had to make those remarks live on the air on his own CNN show.

      October 2, 2010 at 9:45 am |
    • Karen

      They didn't fire Lou Dobbs until his ratings fell to fourth place. You see, racism is OK on CNN as long as it's not directed at their group. That CNN fired Rick over some innocuous comments that they happened to disagree with, just proves his point. I will not watch that station ever again.

      October 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    No problem. Hey, Rick just let us know where your new show is. We'll watch you there. We're your fans, not CNNs. Love to you.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  19. Karin

    So much for freedom of speech..... CNN can report the Koran burning garbage that jeopardized our troops... but mention another thing then out the door you go... Sad.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
    • Bill

      I'm done with this network.

      October 2, 2010 at 4:20 am |
  20. Jaime

    I love it when whites like Rick Sanchez try to pass themselves off as latino just because they have a Spanish name. There are 2 kinds of people in Cuba mainly- those descended from Spanish settlers & those descended from the slave brought over from Africa.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
    • Karen

      With the departure of Rick Sanchez, there are no Latino anchors or reporters on CNN. FOX has Geraldo and Julie Banderas. MSNBC, the most liberal of all the stations, doesn't have any at all. And of course, if they do hire any, they will look white. They would never hire an American of Mexican descent with brown skin like Mario Lopez.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:37 am |
    • Frank

      Latino people run a gamut of colors. Get over it. He's Cuban, therefore he's Latino/Hispanic.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:38 am |
    • Ant

      Well, whites are the true Latinos. What... did you think Latino culture came from the Native Americans or African slaves? No. It came from Europe. Latins were a European ethnic/linguistic group whose culture was adopted by Rome, and Rome eventually influenced other future Latin countries like France, Spain, and Portugal. Then when Spain colonized the New World they brought their Latin-oriented culture with them. Rick is a white Hispanic, yes, but that doesn't mean that makes him any less Latino/Hispanic. If anything it makes him more so. He's more genetically similar to the European Latins than some black or mestizo is.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
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