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Rick’s Lost (literally he’s lost his job)

For months now, a running joke of mine has been to refer to CNN’s Rick’s List as Rick’s Lost (as in what Rick Sanchez always is on air: Lost). You may have seen me make that crack and go off about the latest buffoonery from Sanchez in a comment section or two before. So even though the Klown has already covered the details of Rick’s immediate dismissal from CNN, I just wanted to add my own two briefly.

Rick’s firing brings me back to August 2009 and the BS media meme that Hillary had “snapped” in the Congo. Charmless as ever, Sanchez (in a follow-up segment on Hillary in the Congo) made a mockery of reporting that Hillary had actually been trying to address the widespread and horrific oppression of women in the region when she made her remarks about not being her husband’s mouthpiece. After that segment, I was so annoyed by the media’s tabloid coverage of Hillary’s important work that I wrote a long rant , including this:

Ok, first of all, Rick Sanchez is a brainfart newscaster extraordinaire. Let me explain this terminology. Here‘s Sanchez on-air in April 2008 enjoying crazy uncle Jeremiah Wright’s theatrics at the NAACP, and here he is on-air in July 2009 wondering out loud whether Palin resigning means she’s pregnant again. Brainfart. Newscaster. Extraordinaire. He is not quite in Tweety Tingle’s league of obnoxiousness, but that’s only because Ricky Renob is a newsdesk creature at CNN and not a full-out political “pundit.” Given the extra latitude of a personality-based show, Rick Sanchez would probably be just as much of a live trainwreck as Chris Matthews.

Now that he’s been let go by CNN, I hope the Home of CNN Rejects (Fox News) never gives him that extra latitude. /snarkfont for the snark-impaired

Update: Since Rick got fired for his remarks about Jon Stewart, I just remembered that Stewart himself couldn’t help but “come off a little bit like a dick” in his sketch about Hillary in the Congo (the quotes are because those are the exact words Jon used to describe Hillary.)

Please consider this an Open Thread and add your Friday Night Music. Here’s mine:

Buh-bye Rick!


Yahoo News:

CNN host Rick Sanchez came under fire Friday after making controversial remarks the day before on a radio show.

Sanchez called out Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a “bigot” for criticizing him, and complained that Jews — like Stewart — don’t face discrimination. He also suggested that CNN, and perhaps the media industry more broadly, is run by Jews.

Clearly, those comments didn’t sit well with the network.

“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” said a CNN statement. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

See ya, Rick. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

Happy Hour has officially begun, drinks are on the house.

This is an open thread.

Who is this guy?

Peter Rouse

The news today is that Rahmbo is deserting a sinking ship and some guy named Peter Rouse is replacing him as White House Chief of Staff.  Here’s more on Rouse:

It was the fall of 2005, and the celebrated young senator — still new to Capitol Hill but aware of his prospects for higher office — was thinking about voting to confirm John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice. Talking with his aides, the Illinois Democrat expressed admiration for Roberts’s intellect. Besides, Obama said, if he were president he wouldn’t want his judicial nominees opposed simply on ideological grounds.

And then Rouse, his chief of staff, spoke up. This was no Harvard moot-court exercise, he said. If Obama voted for Roberts, Rouse told him, people would remind him of that every time the Supreme Court issued another conservative ruling, something that could cripple a future presidential run. Obama took it in. And when the roll was called, he voted no.

“Pete’s very good at looking around the corners of decisions and playing out the implications of them,” Obama said an interview when asked about that discussion. “He’s been around long enough that he can recognize problems and pitfalls a lot quicker than others can.”

Pete Rouse is the Outsider’s Insider, a fixer steeped in the ways of a Washington that Obama has been both eager to learn and quick to publicly condemn. The meticulous workaholic rose through three decades of unglamorous legislating to become arguably the most influential Democratic aide in the Senate when he worked for then-Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.).

Yep, the smartestest guy to ever run for POTUS had to be told not to vote for a rabid wingnut SCOTUS nominee.  Some liberal.

This next little bit gives away more than intended:

With help from Gibbs and Axelrod, Rouse wrote a detailed memo for Obama’s first year in the Senate.

David Axelrod is Barack’s Turdblossom. Obama’s rise coincides with his association with Axelrod, who is the king of astroturf.

We’re supposed to believe Rouse went from chief of staff to the Senate Majority Leader to the same position with a freshman senator all because of some old law school connection? Bullshit. Rookie senators don’t snag guys like Peter Rouse to run their offices. The fix was in long ago.

More on Tom Daschle from Matt Taibbi:

When Obama picked Tom Daschle to be the HHS Secretary, I nearly shit my pants. In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger.

Wouldn’t that make Rouse a pimp?