Finally, Rick Sanchez Has Said Too Much and Is Axed at CNN

Posted on October 1, 2010


Months ago I was horrified to tune in to Rick Sanchez in the afternoon on CNN to discover that he was almost tweaking a situation to become news.  I remember him saying at the break something like “stick around because here at CNN we not only report news, we make it.”  This is so against the grain of a professional journalist that I thought at the time his days must surely be numbered.

Here is the scenario that finally got him ousted:

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — CNN anchor Rick Sanchez abruptly left the network Friday afternoon, just one day after making controversial comments on a satellite radio program.

“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” according to a statement from CNN. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

On Thursday, Sanchez appeared on the XM Sirius radio program “Stand-Up with Pete Dominick.” During the interview with Dominick, Sanchez called “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart “a bigot” and then said that he was bigoted against “everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”

Dominick pressed for specifics, and Sanchez, who is Cuban-American, responded, “That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid.”

Dominick, who was once the warm-up comic at Stewart’s Comedy Central show and now has a spot on CNN’s “John King, USA,” noted that Stewart is Jewish and so a minority himself.

“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 responded.

The comments were widely quoted online and on social media.

Sanchez’s 3 to 5 p.m. daily spot will be filled by “CNN Newsroom” for the “foreseeable future,” CNN said. [CNN]

It is indeed unfortunate that a bright, attractive and personable bi-lingual Cuban could not have made it.  Minorities do need a leg up at times but in Rick’s case, it was his personality – a bad judgment call.  His cocky, almost abrasive manner was getting to a lot of people.  College educated and the father of four, Rick had been in radio and TV since college days in the early 80s. He has had time enough to know what is and is not ethical. ” He did a bad, bad thing.” [Wikipedia]