Skip to main content

"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."

Originally posted to NewCon06 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 11:59 AM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  I don't think we really need bother defending (6+ / 0-)

    Jon Stewart.  I expect that Jon will do just fine on his own.  I hoping for something even better than the "go fuck yourself" song.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:07:58 PM PDT

  •  If I don't like idiots, am I a bigot too? (8+ / 0-)

    "I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence."

    by logsol on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:11:27 PM PDT

  •  See also my diary from earlier (3+ / 0-)

    ...regarding the uncanny resemblance of Sanchez' rant to the pilot episode of The West Wing:

  •  I actually think after listening (6+ / 0-)

    to the entire interview..Jon should call him personally and explain to him how wrong he is.  Rick Sanchez just ruined his career.  Jon could rub it in his face, or he could be the bigger man.

    There is something deeper here and Jon Stewart could be just the guy to help a man in need.

    If you listen, he is really attacking all of the people that he thinks held him back over the years.  Jon Stewart, through his stereotyped window, represents his oppressors because Stewart has a megaphone.

    He has a lot of issues to work out.  He feels like "I made it, I proved them all wrong, and I still have this guy making me look like a fool at every chance".

    (It really isn't that hard, but that is neither here nor there)

    After hearing the entire interview, I start to feel sorry for him.  Jon Stewart is everything that hurt him in his life, and Rick Sanchez just ruined his career because he has animosity built up within him.  He lashed out in public, when talking it through with a therapist could have been much more helpful.  He said something about his kids being teased.  I understand, but that thin skin, is now his downfall.

    That being said, he still needs to understand how hurtful his words are and he shouldn't be on tv anytime soon until he gets his personal demons together.

    He just isn't that bright.  Add that to being a national figure, and you will wind up on the daily show occasionally.

    "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

    by justmy2 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:18:21 PM PDT

    •  Ruined his career? (4+ / 0-)

      This was his pathway to Fox.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:25:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  he isn't going to FOX...he thinks (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        IM, Front Toward Enemy, vc2

        they are even bigger bigots in his eyes...listen to the audio.

        This is what is really going on, articulated better than I did...

        That is how it must have been for him at 6. And he still can't get over it.

        He thinks that when people like Jon Stewart see him they see a dumb Latino who should be cleaning tables. He's wrong. They see a smart, provocative and movie-star handsome guy who has it all, and got it through hard work (and luck too, like everyone).

        As a society, we need to understand that minority kids of all kinds (and the white poor as well) are constantly stripped of their self-worth by a society that still squashes people who are "different." That poor kid who jumped off the George Washington Bridge the other day -- essentially driven off the bridge by hate -- testifies to what an ugly country we can be to children who don't fit in.

        And many of them never get over it. After all, if Rick Sanchez is still hurting so badly, imagine all those immigrant kids with accents, or kids from the hood or Appalachia or who are taunted for being gay or Jewish or Jehovah's Witness or whatever. This is a wonderful country for those who fit in. For the others, it's a hell that saps their souls.

        As I said, this doesn't excuse Sanchez, and he needs to go away a figure out why his reality hasn't changed as he has garnered tremendous success.  He is no longer a victim.  But I hear a cry for help, not a RW wacko.

        "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

        by justmy2 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:30:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Tipped and Rec'd for stating so eloquently (5+ / 0-)

    what a sad state our media is in these days.  You should send this to Sanchez.  Thanks.

  •  First Colbert... (5+ / 0-) Stewart.

    Colbert got it from FoxPac for having the audacity to speak in front of congress as a concerned citizen.

    Now Stewart gets it from some unhinged, washed-up hack who uses the CNN studio as his personal goof off joint.

    I guess this Stewart/Colbert Washington D.C. rally is somehow very threatening to the typical cable news spokesmodels.

    Because Stewart & Colbert are causing a lot of meatpuppet meltdowns lately.


    I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I become a messageboard genius. Stay thirsty, my friends. -(Message from The World's Most Interesting Kossack)

    by wyvern on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

  •  Rick Sanchez is a complete meathead (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NewCon06, wyvern

    Every time I see that clown on CNN all I can think of is SPAM... like the inside of his head is just made out of SPAM.  I don't know if he's really a complete idiot, but he comes across as possibly the stupidest newsman on TV.  

    For weeks I've been thinking that CNN is utterly destroying whatever credibility they had.  Their stupid moves just keep happening, one after the other:

    1. Hiring Erick Erickson, who brings absolutely-fucking-*nothing* to the table.  The only thing he's good for is giving me a good idea of what Larry Mondello from Leave It To Beaver would probably look like at 35.
    1. Giving Elliot Spitzer a full-time gig.  What the fuck?  
    1. Giving Candy Crowley a show when she obviously can't handle one.  I don't mind her for occasional commentary, but her show is painful to watch... she's in way over her head and looks constantly panicked.
    1. Giving Rick Sanchez his own show, when he projects "stupid" like Chernobyl projects radiation.  And I didn't decide that he was a dumb oaf from watching Jon Stewart... I got it from watching Rick's List.  I almost never make it through a whole episode of that shit, and I usually have it on just for background noise.  Rick always does something so goddamn dumb that it sends me scrambling for the remote to make him go away.  And it's got nothing to do with him being Latino.  His ethnicity never even entered my mind until he brought it up.

    And Jon Stewart, bigoted?  Hell.  I don't see that at all.  Jon Stewart has a hell of a lot of diversity on his show, he gets along respectfully with guests he disagrees with... hell, he and Bill O'Reilley were practically palling around the other day, and I know they disagree with each other rabidly.  Jon's not only not bigoted, he's a good sport.

    So, add "thin skinned" to "stupid clod" on Rick Sanchez's resume.  And, CNN, for god's sake, make him use that resume as soon as possible, because he's wasting your valuable airtime.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 01:07:26 PM PDT

  •  no rick on rick's list today. (0+ / 0-)

    Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

    by rasbobbo on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 01:29:28 PM PDT

  •  You're missing the anti-semitic nature of (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    his remarks.

    This is what he said about Stewart being a minority, i.e. Jewish:

    Very powerless people... [snickers] He's such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]... Please, what are you kidding? ... 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, and to imply that somehow they -- the people in this country who are Jewish -- are an oppressed minority? Yeah. [sarcastically]


    Obama said knock you out.

    by samlang on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 01:42:28 PM PDT

    •  Wow indeed. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Thanks for posting that-- saved me the trouble.
      Sanchez is now squarely in Mel Gibson territory.

    •  I didn't miss it at all. (0+ / 0-)

      I just chose to focus on the "watering down" of the news business as a whole to highlight Rick's inability to admit the real problems he has with Jon.

    •  Oh noes! The Jews are at it again! (0+ / 0-)

      Hmmm, it must be that Obama used his neurohypnosis techniques to hypnotize the Jews at CNN into knocking Sanchez out of his 8:00 pm time slot.

      You'd think they'd be satisfied with controlling the world's banks, but nooooooo, they have to have Sanchez's slot too.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 02:08:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am signing my name to this letter (0+ / 0-)

    well stated.  Rick Sanchez is an idiot and he had the nerve to "write" a book called "conventional idiocy", a self analysis maybe?

    Front Toward Enemy I love your list

    And I didn't decide that he was a dumb oaf from watching Jon Stewart... I got it from watching Rick's List.

    thats exactly how I learned he was an idiot too.  Stopped watching months ago.

    I know he doesnt think he is smart enough to take on Jon Stewart. I am sure Rick will be off the air when it is all over.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site