Sanchez reiterated the apology his PR people put out on Tuesday, and added that he was "tired," before appearing on the radio show on which he made the offensive comments. He then he took full responsibility for his firing, adding "I screwed up."
Sanchez also conceded that Stewart, who often made fun of Sanchez on the 'Daily Show,' really got to him.
Olberman was one of the first television commentators to mock Sanchez -- who had been substitute host for Olbermann before he joined CNN -- after Sanchez's unfortunate comments about Jon Stewart and Jews in the news media. Then, on Tuesday, Olbermann used the worst person in the world segment of 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) to rip Sanchez's public apology for his remarks as a non-apology.
"Saying that . . . most of the people running the networks were Jews was not "in-artful" (as Sanchez had said in his apology), it was anti-Semitic," Olbermann argued.
"(Sanchez's) statement closes with, 'I look forward to my next step with great anticipation,' Olbermann continued, before offering Sanchez advice on what his next step should actually be: "Your next step is an apology."
Nevertheless, Olbermann only made Sanchez the second worst person in the world, reserving the top spot for Dick Armey. So Rick's got that going for him, which is nice.
Sanchez was fired by CNN after the news anchor, appearing on Pete Dominick's satellite radio show, called 'The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart a "bigot," and implied that Jewish people were in control of the news media.
Stewart had a history of ribbing Sanchez about the 52 year old's unconventional and sometimes gaffe prone on-camera manner, and that seemed to be what set Sanchez off.
Sanchez addressed both CNN and Stewart in an official statement released by his PR firm Tuesday afternoon:
Jon Stewart Jokes About Rick Sanchez Firing on 'Daily Show,' Compares Former Anchor to Michael Scott (VIDEO)
But tonight, on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon decided to have a little fun at Rick's expense. First, he said that Rick was "flawed but fascinating." The host then revealed that he had made a new video mocking Sanchez. But should he go ahead and show it?
Sanchez's fill-in prime-time slot on CNN had recently been pushed aside to make way for the new show 'Parker Spitzer,' and his new book, 'Conventional Idiocy,' had been roundly labeled a flop.
But perhaps worst of all, Sanchez was swimming in the stark reality that he was probably better known for having his extemporaneous, gaffe-filled on-air demeanor mocked by much more famous television personalities -- such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Glenn Beck -- than for being a television personality in his own right.
All that seething resentment bubbled to the surface during the interview with Dominick, when Sanchez blasted Stewart for having the gall to make fun of him.
In Sanchez's worldview, Stewart was a "bigot," part of a group of "elite, Northeast establishments liberals" who "deep down, when they look at a (Cuban-born) guy like me, see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier."
You may remember O'Keefe as the guy whose hidden camera tricks brought down ACORN, but who was later arrested for trying to break into Senator Mary Landrieu's office.
Boudrea was doing a story on young conservative activists like O'Keefe, but things took a strange turn when she showed up to interview him. She was pulled into a car by O'Keefe's assistant, who was feeling guilty about what was about to happen.
"Listen, you are about to be punked," O'Keefe's assistant told her." He (O'Keefe) is on the boat. He wants to get you on this boat. And he has strawberries and champagne and he is going to hit on you the whole time."
At that point Boudrea pulled the plug on the interview, although she still can't understand what O'Keefe was trying to accomplish
You can read more of O'Keefe's convoluted and complicated plot here. Frankly, it makes little sense, and borders on what some might consider kidnapping. O'Keefe, who's already had his fair share of legal troubles, may want to consider a form of "political activism" that doesn't involve lying, hidden cameras, bizarre sexual props. In his effort to "punk" Boudrea, he's shown himself as exactly that.
First, Rick Sanchez asked Sainz to address the allegation the team was throwing balls at her, so they could run up next to her and pick them up.
"I don't even pay attention to that, because they never hit me with the balls ... I wasn't in danger," Sainz said.
He was actually defending Obama against those who claim he is Muslim, when he used the colloquialism, which could come across to some as racially insensitive.
Spurred on by tweets from his viewers, at the beginning of his next segment Sanchez apologized for using the phrase.
For the record, Sanchez talked about the way he acted on his show yesterday. His apology/explanation was just as clueless as his reporting on Saturday. [Watch 'The Daily Show' and other shows at SlashControl.]
Here's Sanchez during the Chile earthquake coverage a few days ago. Savor the moment when he actually yells at the expert he has brought on. I think Jacqui Jerras just wants to get off camera somehow and hide in her office.
- Heidi Collins is leaving the network. Her last day is January 15.
- Ali Velshi is taking over the 1pm to 3pm slot.
- Kyra Phillps moves to the 9am to 11am slot.
- Rick Sanchez keeps his 3pm to 5pm slot but his show gets a new name, Two Hours of Annoying Talk and Viewer Comments with Rick Sanchez. Actually, it's called Rick's List, which is an even worse title.
- Wolf Blitzer's show will be cut by an hour.
I like watching Phillips in the afternoon (I don't usually watch any of the cable news channels in the morning) so I'll miss her, but Velshi is a good choice.
[via TV Newser]
This actually makes sense. The Situation Room is very political and during the campaign and the election, the ratings were high. We're in a post-election period now and will be for a while.
The CNN idea is to fill the afternoon with more fluff and general interest news, the kind of stuff Rick Sanchez is better suited to handle. He can talk about lists for hours, taking calls, reading Tweets and vamping. The man enjoys the sound of his own voice.
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New CNN Director of Programming Scott Matthews sent out an e-mail to the entire staff earlier this week outlining the on-air changes that will start on that day. Heidi Collins will anchor solo from 9am to 11am, then Tony "I Always Look Over To The Side For Some Reason" Harris takes over solo from 11am to 1pm, then Kyra Phillips (she's great!) does the 1pm to 3pm slot, and then...drumroll please...Rick Sanchez takes over from 3pm to 4pm. I've talked about my aversion to Sanchez before, but I guess the people at CNN just don't see what viewers see. I suppose we should be thankful that he's only doing a one hour shift and not the two hours that the others are doing. I guess I can switch to something else between 3 and 4.
Where is Don Lemon in all of this? He won't be anchoring on the weekdays anymore. He's taking over the CNN Newsroom gig on the weekends and will become a correspondent the rest of the week.
Wow, talk about not knowing who to root for.
Bill O'Reilly is hotter than...well, something that gets really hot...at CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. O'Reilly made some comments on his Radio Factor show that many, including MediaMatters.org, have taken as racist. And O'Reilly is ticked off at the media in general and CNN/Sanchez in particular. He actually called Sanchez about the way CNN handled the story. Sanchez said that O'Reilly "screamed at the top of his lungs."
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