Friday, October 1, 2010
CNN fired Rick Sanchez Friday afternoon for making anti-Semitic comments Thursday on a radio show.
This increasingly bizarre Sanchez called popular Comedy Central host Jon Stewart a “bigot” for criticizing him, and complained that Jews don’t face discrimination. He went on to say the media industry in general is run by Jews.
CNN, whose ratings have faltered over the past decade issued a brief statement:
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
Rick Sanchez had become well known in recent days for his peculiar remarks and even telling blatant lies on-air.
In 2009, he falsely attributed a racist comment to rightwing radio personality Rush Limbaugh which he was later forced to retract. In March, 2010, while reporting the Chilean earthquake, Sanchez referred to the Galapagos Islands as part of Hawaii. A month earlier, Sanchez referred to the metric system as a “foreign language” and asked for a translator.