CNN fired anchor Rick Sanchez Friday, a day after he said on a radio show that Jews control U.S. television networks. "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company," a CNN spokesman said. "We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well."
Sanchez's outburst about Jews came during a rant against Jon Stewart, who often makes fun of Sanchez on his Comedy Central show. Sanchez was being interviewed on comedian Pete Dominick's XM Sirius Radio show when the conversation went off the rails.
It started relatively innocently, with Sanchez expressing irritation at being lumped in with other Latino TV journalists by a CNN boss. Racist attitudes aren't rooted on the political right, he added, but also extend to "elite, Northeast establishment liberals."
"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," Sanchez continued. Then he said: "I think to some extent Jon Stewart and (Comedy Central comic Stephen) Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart's a bigot."
How's that? asked the puzzled Dominick. "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," replied Sanchez, speaking of Stewart. "Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine."