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Rick Sanchez fired from CNN for disparaging Jon Stewart, Jews

by Danielle Berrin

October 1, 2010 | 4:06 pm

Well that didn’t take long.

Earlier today I suggested Rick Sanchez would regret his angry comments about Jews, and I was right: TVNewser is reporting that CNN issued a statement saying: “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

This comes after Sanchez appeared on Pete Dominick’s satellite radio show yesterday calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and suggesting that Jews don’t deserve oppressed minority status because they dominate the media.

If Sanchez had made an objective comment like, “Even though small in number, the Jews are disproportionately powerful in the media industry” than that might have come off as rational. But the comments he made were mean-spirited, coming from a place of anger and resentment that stems from his own perceived failings. You can’t be a “news” anchor after succumbing so completely to your own subjectivity—and that’s why he was fired.

Check out my earlier post with a transcript of Sanchez’s remarks here.

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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