Friday, October 1, 2010

Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart a "Bigot" - UPDATED

What the fuck? CNN's Rick Sanchez is apparently a very thin-skinned person, or at least suffering from a severe inferiority complex.

In an extended radio interview with SiriusXM's Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, Rick Sanchez basically suggested that Jews run the media, Jon Stewart constantly makes fun of him not for the stupidity that occasionally comes out of his mouth, but because he is Hispanic, and called him a "bigot" although later walked back the word but still called him prejudicial.

...Sanchez started out expressing an anecdote from his own experience, when someone who was “top brass” at CNN told Sanchez to his face that he saw Sanchez as “more as John QuiƱones,” referring to the Hispanic ABC News reporter. Sanchez’s example was an illustration that the problem of racism in the media business goes further than many expect, enveloping “not just the Right,” but also “elite, Northeast establishment liberals” that “deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier.”
That’s when Sanchez really let his feelings loose: “I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.“
... I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.
Pete pressed, “What group is he bigoted towards?”
Sanchez replied: “Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”
Well, let's see. I would say he surrounds himself with talented writers and comedians first and foremost, but if you want to look at the demographics of his on air personalities, there's Wyatt Cenac and Larry Wilmore, both African American, Samantha Bee and Olivia Munn, females, and Aasif Mandvi, an Indian born Muslim. But continue, Rick. Please tell us why you think Jon Stewart is a bigot.
Here’s what they do. This is the game they play. “I just picked on Fox News, because they just had a bold-faced [sic] lie about something — damnit, that means I gotta find something on CNN. Oh, I know… wait, hold on, let me find, oh that Rick Sanchez, that little Puerto Rican guy. I’ll make fun of him. Do you have anything.” “Uh, yeah, last week, he mispronounced the word indutably or whatever.” “Yeah, that’s it, find me that and we’ll do a whole 4-minute segment on how he mispronounced the word arithmetic.”
Rick Sanchez is Cuban, by the way. And as far as throwing Stephen Colbert into the mix, I suppose he missed Colbert's testimony during a hearing on immigration and US harvests on Capitol Hill. Or did he not understand the sarcasm?
Sanchez snickered sarcastically at the idea that Jews are as much minorities as Latinos in the US.
Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… Please, what are you kidding? … 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. [sarcastically]
I'm guessing this is going to come back and bite him in the ass big time with his evil, Jewish overlords at CNN.

Ricky, you got some 'splainin' to do.

UPDATE (8:50pm): Rick Sanchez was promptly fired from CNN today.
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.“
Well, that was quick. Now I'm expecting A) Sanchez to accuse CNN of discrimination against him because of his Hispanic heritage and not because he's actually the bigot and/or B) Sarah Palin to defend Sanchez through a tweet explaining how his First Amendment rights are being violated.

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