"Journalist" Rick Sanchez called Jon Stewart a bigot for picking on him on the Daily Show.
Here's the link:
Gawker Sanchez link
Sanchez appeared on Pete Dominick's Sirius radio show yesterday, where the topic turned to Jon Stewart, who constantly makes fun of Sanchez on The Daily Show. Sanchez doesn't like it very much. He thinks Jon Stewart is a "bigot." He also doesn't like you, you snobby Northeastern liberals:
Open letter to Rick Sanchez, RE: Jon Stewart is a bigot.
Rickey, Rickey, Rickey. Wow. You truly don't get it. I mean Jon Stewart is a bigot because he picks on you on The Daily Show by showing clips of you flubbing lines on CNN or mocking the situations you put yourself in on your own show. This makes Jon a bigot? Jon is an East Coast elitist that hates Hispanics that don't know their place in the television broadcasting hierarchy? Jon and Stephen are out of touch with hard working immigrants because they grew up in a middle class (white) environment? What these guys do day-in and day-out has completely escaped you, hasn't it?
S-A-T-I-R-E ! Got it. Not investigative journalism. Not hard-edged reporting. Not thoughtful commentary on the state of our country or it's elected officials. S-A-T-I-R-E. Comedy. Dick jokes. Potty humor. 10th grade-level basketball locker-room ball-busting. But what's insidious about Jon and Stephen is that layered throughout the sophomoric dirges that come across our cable connections nightly is the sad and completely pathetic truth about today's media. Your industry. You are all a sideshow. A distraction. CNN, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC have become little more than a dumping ground for former administration officials, a lobbyist message delivery system and a wasteland of "talking" or to be honest "shouting heads" with nothing poignant or useful to offer the uninformed populace.
True television journalism that people used to trust is dead. And you and others that mirror your ideals of journalism killed it. You made a mockery of what the news business was and should be. The truth is that when Jon and Stephen call you dolts out on your lack of professionalism and honest commitment to real news, you freak! Mocking the cyclical noise that passes for a top story on major networks these days is easy. You d-bags keep feeding Jon and his writers a steady diet of fluff, puff, gossip and swill. You want Jon and Stephen to quit picking on you? Then do your freaking job! Be a journalist! Find the story and stop being the story.
You sounded pretty comfortable relating the 2009 Time Magazine poll that showed Jon Stewart as America's most trusted newscaster after Walter Cronkite's death. You're OK with that? Really? That's like saying Doogie Howser is the most trusted physician in the AMA. You should be embarrassed and disgusted that your chosen profession has been so polluted and diluted to the level that American viewers have to look to a stand-up comic for real journalistic integrity. If you want the respect and admiration of a Cronkite or Murrow then you need to stop pretending to be a journalist and just be one. Murrow once said, "The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."
Stop equating what Jon and Stephen provide to a hungry audience as left-wing, elitist bigotry. John's show just holds up a mirror to your industry and shows you what you've become. It isn't pretty is it Rick? But it's not bigotry, elitism, snobbery or mean for the sake of being mean. It's to reflect the frustration that we, as American media consumers have with you and those around you that want the respect once held by people who came into our living rooms and informed us of the world out there. It was a noble profession. It was an honor for some in broadcasting to be invited into America's homes. Jon and Stephen just wish there were more people in the news business that understood that. Plain and simple.
Rick, remember this about your industry model and the way you do your job. From Mark Twain: "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."