Rick Sanchez, CNN anchor, is a bigot.
“Whoa! That’s a pretty strong statement, Josh. Shouldn’t you be more careful throwing around terms like that.”
You’re right, I should. I don’t really think Rick Sanchez is a bigot. I am merely trying to make a point about the dangers of throwing that kind of term around, something Mr. Sanchez did himself Thursday, while on a satellite radio show. From Politico:
First, Sanchez called Jon Stewart a “bigot,” though he walked the comments back a bit later.
Dominick: How is he a bigot?
Sanchez: 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.
Dominick: What group is he bigoted towards?
Sanchez: Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?
Then, he suggested that CNN is run by Jews: 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. (the ‘yeah’ was said sarcastically)
What a great way to impress your newly hired boss, Ken Jautz! Seriously, Rick, you need counseling. I think Jon Stewart is a prick, but in no way is he a bigot. He’s a freaking comedian! Grow a pair and stop whining.
Folks, this is part of the problem with the mainstream American news media. They are so thin-skinned and self-absorbed. That, and they all wish they could show Obama what cunning linguists they are.
Meanwhile, Rick Sanchez is a failure as an author. His book, Conventional Idiocy (it’s not his memoir, although I thought it was), sold just 802 copies in its first week, after he promoted the book 36 times on various CNN programs, no less! Meghan McCain, on the other hand, sold 2,644 copies of her dopey book, yet no one takes Ms. McCain seriously as a political commentator or author. Maybe her last name helped, but Sanchez is on CNN three hours a day (two next week after Parker/Spitzer, CNN’s new 8 pm show, launches).
Meanwhile, as Rick Sanchez parties it up at CNN, his victim is dead. What victim, you ask?
Jeffrey Smuzinick, who died in a nursing home at the age of 36. From the Miami Herald (11/2/95):
Jeffrey Smuzinick, who was left paralyzed after being struck by the car of WSVN-Channel 7 anchor Rick Sanchez, died Monday in a Pennsylvania nursing home. He was 36. Smuzinick, a Pembroke Pines furnituremaker, was injured Dec. 10, 1990, after he ran out into traffic leaving Joe Robbie Stadium following a Dolphins football game. He was struck by a 1991 Volvo driven by Sanchez.
While leaving a Miami Dolphins game with his father in 1990, Mr. Sanchez struck a drunken pedestrian, who later died of his injuries. According to police, Mr. Sanchez’s own blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit, and he left the scene before returning. He ultimately pleaded no contest to a D.U.I. charge, but avoided jail time, and even remained on the air. Asked about the incident, Mr. Sanchez’s Ron Burgundy jocularity vanished in an instant. “I don’t see where that has anything to do with anything,” he said, and called the inquiry “a hatchet question.”
He soon regained his cool though. “Was it an unfortunate experience? Yes. Was it a learning experience? Absolutely. Do I wish it hadn’t happened? Of course,” he allowed. “I was wrong, because I had a couple of cocktails, because I was over the legal limit,” he went on. “It could have happened to anybody. … There were probably a lot of other people leaving the stadium that had had a couple of beers as well.”
I get it. Horrible things happen to normal people. But they also happen to horrible people, like Sanchez. The fact that Smuzinick died is not the issue. Both men were drunk so who really knows what happened? It’s that Sanchez fled the scene and didn’t face the harsh consequences of his actions.
Any coward who leaves the scene like that deserves to work for MSNBC.
Hopefully, following his recent outburst against Jews and CNN management, the Cable News Network bosses will make that happen. CNN should trade Rick Sanchez to MSNBC for Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell’s a left-wing bore (he’d fit in well at CNN), and Sanchez is a loud-mouthed idiot (he’d fit in well at MSNBC). If you don’t watch a lot of cable news, then you have no idea what I’m taking about. That’s okay. All you need to know is that Rick Sanchez is an idiot, and both CNN and MSNBC suck. Pretty simple.
Sanchez has also been tasered and waterboarded on air. Unfortunately all the good videos of both incidents have been taken down from Youtube.
Enjoy this video from Glenn Beck’s radio show:
UPDATED: Mary Katherine Ham of The Weekly Standard has an interesting take.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Rick Sanchez has been fired. Mediaite has the story.