Rick Sanchez, a CNN correspondent and anchor of news programs like “Rick’s List,” was fired from CNN Friday, according to CBS, just a day after he appeared on a Sirius radio show and implied that Jews ran the network. During the program, “Stand Up with Pete Dominick,” he also openly referred to Jon Stewart as a “bigot.”
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” CNN announced in a statement. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
The short statement made no mention of why Sanchez was no longer with the news network he has worked at since 2004. Sanchez, an Emmy winner himself, was part of CNN’s Peabody Award-winning news coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Sanchez told Pete Dominick, a comedian who has been developing a new show on CNN, that he believed that there was racism within the media industry. He then said that he believed that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were prejudicial as well. He flat-out called Jon Stewart a “bigot.”
Pete Dominick, who worked with Jon Stewart at “The Daily Show” in the past, challenged Sanchez to name an instance where Stewart had ever shown himself as bigoted. Sanchez countered by saying that Jon Stewart, whom he characterized as part of the “elite, establishment liberals,” was bigoted against anyone that didn’t agree with him.
Sanchez would later alter his assessment of Stewart to “prejudicial” but told Dominick that he didn’t respect Stewart.
But personal opinions of others who ridiculed him, which Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert often did, probably would not have been enough to cause Rick Sanchez to be fired from CNN. But the suggestion that the network he worked for, CNN, was run by those “a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart… the people in this country who are Jewish,” was a seeming religioethnic-based implication that his employers apparently could not tolerate.
Sanchez seemed to take offense at Jon Stewart’s targeting of the superficial and trivial, like the mispronunciation of a word, and somehow suggest that it was on a par with someone at Fox News telling a “bold-faced lie.”
Sanchez said the Jon Stewart couldn’t relate to guy like him. “He can’t relate to a guy whose dad worked all his life. He can’t relate to somebody who grew up poor.”
Rick Sanchez is currently promoting his new book, Conventional Idiocy.