CNN Fires Rick Sanchez
CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network after making incendiary comments about Jews and Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
The announcement from CNN came Friday evening, one day after Sanchez made the comments on Pete Dominick's SiriusXM radio show.
"Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well," CNN said in the statement.
The network will broadcast CNN Newsroom in his timeslot from 3-5 p.m. for the foreseeable future.
In an often heated conversation with Dominick, who is a friend of Stewart's (Dominick used to warm up the studio audience at TheDaily Show), Sanchez called the Stewart a "bigot" and suggested that prejudice can cut both ways.
"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," said Sanchez. "Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine."
Sanchez, of course, comes in for frequent ridicule on TheDaily Show. And audio of his appearance on Dominick's show had burned up the Internet by Friday morning.
Sanchez, who is Cuban-American, also asserted that he's been the target of prejudice because of his ethnicity.
"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," he said.
When Dominick suggested that Jews have endured similar societal prejudice, Sanchez scoffed.
"Yeah," said Sanchez, sarcastically. "Very powerless people... He's such a minority... 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."
Sanchez is the second CNN employee this year to be fired from the network for inflammatory remarks. In July, longtime Middle East editor Octavia Nasr was dismissed after a Tweet expressing regret at the death of Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, a Lebanese-born cleric and among the leaders of Hezbollah, which the U.S. government has deemed a terrorist organization. Nasr apologized for her Tweet and offered a lengthy statement of explanation. But days later, CNN dismissed Nasr saying in a statement: "We believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward."
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