On Friday evening, CNN briskly fired Rick’s List host Rick Sanchez, after his off-color remarks about Jews went virally bonkers in less than 24 hours. “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,” Sanchez said on satellite radio, sick of being made fun of by Jon Stewart. It was hardly Sanchez’s only offense. The world still paying attention to loony news hosts at 6 p.m. on a Friday collectively cheered the firing, but as the weekend has progressed, it’s looking more and more like Sanchez will be struggling to dig himself out of this one for some time, even away from CNN.
First, the network deleted Rick Sanchez’s blog altogether, as pointed out this evening by Animal NY’s Bucky Turco. If you click the page, it looks something like this:
The site, of course, is still saved in Google cache, revealing that the most recent post comes Thursday afternoon in the form of a video interview with Mariel Hemingway. Above that post sits one from September 7th, plugging Sanchez’s book tour, which will probably be more exciting now, if it happens!
Sanchez’s Twitter, unlike his blog, is still up and boasting an association with CNN: “Tune in to Rick’s List on CNN every weekday 3-5 PM ET,” reads his bio. There have been no new messages this weekend.
Jon Stewart, on the other hand, did choose to address the situation and did so last night in the form of a joke. “If you went on radio and said the Jews control the media…you may want to hold on to your money,” Stewart quipped at a charity event.
Also chiming in on the controversy was a round table on Howard Kurtz’s Sunday show Reliable Sources, which served to only bury Sanchez further. Ex-CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre echoed the sentiments of many, who feel Sanchez’s antisemitism wasn’t even the worst part:
Well, I think the unfortunate part, actually, is that Sanchez was fired for these intemperate comments and not really for what he did on CNN, which is seen by many people in the industry as kind of a joke. I mean, his delivery where he adlibbed the whole show and therefore had a lot of little slips that Jon Stewart made fun of…The point Jon Stewart made fun of him, not because of his ethnic heritage.
Mediaite has video of the discussion.
Sanchez’s own statement — and hopefully, please god, not a self-defense — will likely come on Monday. Maybe he should keep it to 140 characters.