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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.

67 Responses

  1. OMG! Is this really true? I hope you’re not pulling our legs. If it’s true, I’m thrilled!!!!

    Now Rick can go to Fox News where he belongs.

  2. Omigosh I can watch CNN in the afternoon again without wincing every two minutes!

    About time!!!

  3. From below:

    Obama yesterday urged the DNC’s youth-outreach arm Gen-44 to remain steadfast in their support for him. He reminded them that “it took time to free the slaves.”


  4. Hi everybody, hope all is well. I know this is going to be a blast rick thread, but sometimes he’s funny & ok. Shit that was fast! (don’t blast your bosses).

    ps. typical cubano!

  5. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties in California

    The new bill changes marijuana possession of less than an ounce to an infraction.

    Good but not good enough. Legalize it.

  6. The silver lining meets its dark cloud. Inside Cable News is speculating on Twitter that Sanchez’s replacement might be David Shuster.

  7. From Bartcop:

    It happened on Dec. 10, 1990. Mr. Sanchez, seriously drunk behind the wheel, with his dad
    as passenger, was leaving a Miami Dolphins game. He had barely left the stadium parking area
    before he hit a man who was running between cars, and who (unfortunately) was also drunk.
    Undoubtedly helped by invisible friends on the police force, Sanchez was not charged with
    causing the accident, but was later charged with (and pleaded no contest to) DUI.

    But here’s the cowardly part:
    Sanchez initially left the scene of the accident for 2 full hours.

    One local report said he first went home to get his license and fell asleep. (Yeah, right.)

    Anyway, by the time he meandered back to the scene and his dilly-dallying cop friends
    tested him for alcohol, it was at least four hours after the accident. Even with all his friends
    helping him, Sanchez’s blood still registered .15 — way above the then-legal-limit of .10.

    Closing chapter for victim: The Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 1995

    “Jeffrey Smuzinick, who was left paralyzed after being struck by the car of Channel 7 anchor
    Rick Sanchez, died Monday in a Pennsylvania nursing home. He was 36. Smuzinick was injured
    Dec. 10, 1990, after he ran out into traffic following a Dolphins football game. He was struck by
    A 1991 Volvo driven by Sanchez. Smuzinick suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma
    for many months. He underwent rehabilitation in Florida …”

    • Yow. He drives as good as he thinks.

    • Poor guy. His life has really been blighted by poor treatment, no wonder he’s bitter.

    • How did he get of with a DUI? Don’t they have vehicular homicide statutes in Florida? I wonder who was in the DA’s office at the time.

    • Drunk driving

      On December 10, 1990, Sanchez struck a drunken pedestrian, Jeffrey Smuzinick, with his car on a residential street near Dolphin Stadium (then known as Joe Robbie Stadium) and left the scene, returning two hours later.[12] Smuzinick was paralyzed and eventually died in an assisted living facility on November 2, 1995.[13] Sanchez had just left the NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles with his father when the accident occurred. Police breathalyzer results determined that Sanchez’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving. He was not charged with causing the accident, but was charged with and pleaded no contest to driving under the influence (DUI).[14]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Sanchez

  8. OT: Story about the gap between rich and poor getting wider. Some sad stories there and one about a wall street guy who doesn’t believe it. Charming:

  9. Twitter has a channel opened called #ricksanchezjobs, some of them are hysterical

  10. My favorite exchange from Sanchez’s interview:

    PD: It’s a pretty strong words calling Jon Stewart a bigot calling anybody a bigot. Give me an example?

    RS: That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day and all they ever do is call you stupid.

    So many straight lines, so little time 😉

    • I know, it’s really sad when you consider the clips of him that Stewart put up … especially the one on the Tsunami where he is demonstrably stupid. He doesn’t call him stupid one time! Stewart uses clips to demonstrate it!

      You could use a million straight lines and he wouldn’t get one.

      • If you’re Rick and you make a conscious decision to call your book “Conventional Idiocy,” shouldn’t you expect merciless ridicule? Seriously?

  11. Wow! It was sooner than I thought.

    • Thanks to John Smart for posting this so I could bring it here. The bullying deaths of kids lately is eating away at me. The cruel, antisocial behavior of the little fools has to stop.

      • At least 20 of my FB friends posted that video today, and while I appreciate that it’s heartfelt I also can’t help but be frustrated by the impotence of it.

        I think what Jane Hamsher said on Dylan Ratigan’s show gets the heart of what really could make a difference.

        • Yes, but 2 of the 4 kids Ellen mentioned were not victims because they were gay, They were bullied children. This is not a problem for any one group, though it is obviously worse if you are gay because of what people think are societal attitudes.

          Depending on Obama to make it right is a fool’s errand. Individual counseling for these kids could be more helpful right now.

          • I’m not depending on Obama to make it right.

            I’m saying this is something substantive he can do with a stroke of a pen and it could impact the notion many people have that gays are second class citizens and therefore a reasonable target for derision and ridicule. We don’t accept that situation for any other group of citizens in this country.

            There are many things that can be done and the more we do the better the chance kids will have, and sure counseling can be helpful for some. It wasn’t for me. Of course that was in the early 70s but even though the councelor was a nice concerned man I couldn’t tell him the full truth of what was going on, it was too humiliating and there were too many possible ways it could backlash on me.

            I have some friends from childhood, none of them gay (the boys I knew who turned out to be gay are all dead), some of them were bullied for other reasons and we’ve been talking about this all week — as you say no matter the reason one is bullied it hurts. Counseling is worth doing but it isn’t enough, we can and should do more.

  12. New thread up. (it’s another Rick thread)

  13. I can understand Rick’s frustration with John. If John ever got bored on his own show, he’d just pull out the video with Rick being tased. Rick probably just couldn’t take it any more. Oh, the shame of always looking like an @ss! lol

  14. I would be honored to be dissed by John Stewart. Skewer worthy status from the Daily Show is big time.

    I take some satisfaction in seeing a news media person realize even if he’s smarter and more carmera friendly tnan Bill O’ Reilly, he can’t do vaudeville, LOL.

    Dude got hurt feelings and thought he could lay out his deepest BS.

    I love you guys, BTW. 🙂

  15. All roads lead to Klownhaus? not that’s it bad thing.

    • His link to it isn’t even on the list anymore? I wish it was for quick reference to the good posts (classic ones) like ‘NOT NOW, LATER’.

  16. Oh NO! We’re gonna get him back here in Miami I’m sure. YUK?!

  17. Rick Sanchez was/is an easy target but sadly, the other story here is the sham CNN has become. Maybe this will be the start of its rehabiliation into a legitimate news network but I doubt it.

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