“Oppressed Minority,” Rick Sanchez Takes a Stab at Liberal Media
After taking a few low blows at Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, while appearing as a guest on a Sirius Radio program, CNN reporter Rick Sanchez has been fired.
Sanchez appeared on Stand Up! With Pete Dominick last week to talk about current events, media, and journalism. However, as a Cuban-American with raw wounds after a top executive at CNN told him he was more of a “John Quiñones,’ referring to the Hispanic ABC News reporter,” Sanchez harped upon racial issues. After expressing his concern that racism in the media industry goes deeper than most people think, Sanchez spit out the blunt comment, “I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.”
Interestingly enough, Jon Stewart is the former boss of Pete Dominick, the host of the radio show. When Dominick pressed Sanchez for details, Sanchez makes the unsupported argument that Stewart grew up privileged. “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,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez’s comments did not end there. He suggested that CNN and other big media organizations are run by Jews, who he commented sarcastically, “are an oppressed minority? Yeah.” These comments seem unwarranted. Though Stewart had poked fun at Sanchez before on the Daily Show, his criticism did not extend beyond Sanchez’ CNN show, Rick’s List as comparable to the show The Office, and mocking Sanchez for not being able to point out Hawaii on a map.
After Sanchez’s offensive radio broadcast, Stewart dedicated a segment of the Daily Show to addressing the issue. As to be expected, Stewart was able to laugh at himself, playing clips from Sanchez’s interview and responding with, “Oh my God! Rick Sanchez knows my name!”
Pete Dominick, the host of Stand Up! has refuted any allegations that Sanchez intentionally made these comments to draw an audience and criticized Sanchez’s “media responsibility.” This brings up the issue of why he was fired from CNN for making remarks on a non-public, CNN unaffiliated broadcast. Was it simply business ethics? Not supporting a reporter who makes such harsh, offensive comments toward others? Or did Sanchez’ comment that CNN is run by a “white, liberal establishment” of Jews seal the deal?