The “Stand Up! With Pete Dominick” radio show that aired Thursday marked the end of Rick Sanchez’s career with CNN. Sanchez, who has been with CNN since 2004, went off on what can only be considered a tirade.
For approximately 20 minutes, Sanchez spoke at length, during which time he called Jon Stewart a “bigot” and went on to rant about being viewed differently because of him being a minority. He spoke about the differences in how he is treated and told of an incident with a “top brass at CNN” who made a racially implied comment toward him. In an article on Yahoo News, they stated that Sanchez implied that CNN and the media industry in general is run by Jews and elitists. A transcript of the radio segment can be found on The Wrap .
In the world of broadcast news and live radio shows in which the host and guest or caller speak about a variety of issues, it is easy to see where tempers can flare. Take, for example, an incident that occurred back in August of this year on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger show. In response to a black caller calling for help with her relationship with a white male, Dr. Laura made a reference to black comics on HBO and spoke the n-word in its entirety several times. While she issued a public apology that her intention was not intended to hurt people, she also announced that she would be pulling her radio program off the air and not be renewing her contract at the end of the year. The Chicagoist has more detailed information on her decision and the events that led up to it.
ESPN Host Bob Griese was suspended following a racially slanted comment made during a broadcast of a Minnesota vs. Ohio State College football game in October of 2009. TV Squad reported that during a NASCAR promotion discussion, one of the fellow broadcasters inquired as to why NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montayo wasn’t on the list, to which Griese replied he was “probably out having a taco.”
During the whole Balloon Boy incident, many conversations and opinions came to light. One that stands out was when Kathy Griffin went off on the pronunciation of Falcon Heene’s name, in which the F word was used during a CNN 2009 live New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper.
Living in America, we all enjoy freedom of speech. It is one of our rights that is protected by our Constitution. Whenever people of differing opinions collide and debates are heated, the opportunities for comments and tempers to fly are going to be there. But, as is the case for the others who have bounced back and recovered, Rick Sanchez will also recover from this gaffe.
Yahoo News – Rick Sanchez
The Wrap -Rick Sanchez Transcript
Chicagoist – Dr. Laura Schlessinger
TV Squad – Bob Griese
CNN – Balloon Boy
MSNBC – Kathy Griffin