The feud between Rick Sanchez and Jon Stewart lit up the blogosphere when Sanchez called Stewart a “bigot” and remarked that “everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart,” as reported by the New York Times, invoking Stewart’s Jewish heritage. Sanchez was then fired for his comments. Stewart has mocked Sanchez on ” The Daily Show” more than 20 times. The New York Times is also noting that Sanchez called Stewart and apologized for his comments.
Only recently, conservative radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger decided to walk away from the microphone for good after she’d berated a listener with the n-word 11 times, as reported on Media Matters. She justified her usage of the word by stating that “Black guys use it all the time.”
Later, she told the listener, an African-American woman married to a Caucasian man, “If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.”
Schlessinger apologized and left radio, citing that she was losing her First Amendment rights, as reported on CNN.
Before Schlessinger’s self-destructive statements, respected journalist Helen Thomas was forced into semi-retirement after saying during an interview that Jews needed to “get the hell out of Palestine,” according to Politico. After issuing an apology, the 90-year-old lost her coveted front-row seat in the White House briefing room and retired in June from Hearst Newspapers, formerly having been a reporter and columnist for United Press International before the two organizations merged in 2000.
She recently re-emerged in the spotlight when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee threw an event in her honor in September and was confirmed to be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in October.
While on Fox News Sunday back in August, Glenn Beck chose to amend a statement he made in which he called President Obama a “racist,” reports the New York Daily News. The Fox commentator has been under continued fire from the left for numerous incendiary comments on his show, but most strenuously for the statement that the President had a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”
“‘Racist,’ first of all, it shouldn’t have been said. It was poorly said. I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things,” he said in a video shown on the New York Daily News. “That’s just not the way people should behave. And it was not accurate. It is liberation theology that has shaped his world view.”
Sanchez may not have learned from other commentators’ past mistakes, but he’s going to have to learn the hard way from this one. Though there has been speculation he will be picked up by Fox News, it’s not a forgone conclusion; Lou Dobbs also exited CNN and hasn’t found work at the conservative news outlet yet.
Brian Stelter, “Jon Stewart Reacts to Rick Sanchez’s Firing” New York Times
Jeremy Holden, “FULL AUDIO: Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant” Media Matters for America
CNN Wire Staff, “Dr. Laura to end her radio show” CNN
Andy Barr, “Helen Thomas to headline fundraisers” Politico
Michael Sheridan, “Glenn Beck: I shouldn’t have called Obama ‘racist,’ he’s really just a liberation theology Marxist” New York Daily News