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Rick Sanchez Breaks His Silence on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 8th 2010 1:11PM
In his first public appearance since CNN fired him for calling Jon Stewart a "bigot" and for implying Jewish people control the news media, Rick Sanchez sat down with George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays 7 AM ET on ABC) to try to explain himself.

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.

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Keith Olbermann Blasts Rick Sanchez's (Non)-Apology (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 7th 2010 3:55PM
It undoubtedly pleased Keith Olbermann that Rick Sanchez's career imploded just days after Sanchez called Olbermann a stooge for the Obama administration.

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.

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Rick Sanchez Apologizes to Jon Stewart, Thanks CNN in Official Statement

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 8:00PM
Rick Sanchez is taking the high road on his way out.

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:

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Jon Stewart Jokes About Rick Sanchez Firing on 'Daily Show,' Compares Former Anchor to Michael Scott (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 3:15AM
Jon Stewart Mocks Rick Sanchez, Says the Fired Anchor Was 'Flawed'It looks like Jon Stewart isn't finished messing around with former TV anchor Rick Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez has had a rough week already. The disgraced journalist was fired from CNN after he made anti-semitic remarks during a radio interview. Sanchez had also called Jon Stewart a "bigot."

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?

Jon paused here to consider the implications. Did he want to kick a man while he was down? "[Showing the video] now just seems ... kinda mean." Then he went ahead and played the video anyway.

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Rick Sanchez's Casual, Dull Anti-Semitism Shows Exactly Why He Was a Terrible News Anchor

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 4th 2010 8:02PM
Even before Rick Sanchez went into full self-destruct mode on the satellite radio show 'Stand Up With Pete Dominick,' the former CNN anchor had plenty of reasons to be irritated about his standing in the world of broadcasting.

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."

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Abbie Boudrea Talks About James O'Keefe's Attempt To Set Her Up (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 30th 2010 2:11PM
Appearing on 'Rick's List,' (weekdays, 3 PM ET on CNN) CNN reporter Abbie Boudrea discussed James O'Keefe's bizarre attempt to set her up for an embarrassing ride on a sex boat.

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.

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Ines Sainz Addresses Sexual Harasment Allegations Against New York Jets on 'Rick's List' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 14th 2010 10:35AM
Ines Sainz, a reporter for the Mexican station Azteca TV who is now at the center of a sexual harassment controversy involving the New York Jets, was on 'Rick's List' (Weekdays, 3 PM ET on CNN) Monday. Sainz has set off a media firestorm since claiming she was made to feel uncomfortable by several Jets players and a member of the team's coaching staff while at the Jets facility to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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.

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Rick Sanchez Calls Obama "The Cotton-Picking President" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 30th 2010 9:59PM
On Monday's 'Rick's List' (weekdays 3PM ET on CNN), gaffe-prone host Rick Sanchez stepped into it a bit when he referred to Barack Obama as the "The cotton-picking president of the United States."

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.

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What You Missed Last Night: Jon Stewart on Rick Sanchez

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:37PM
Yesterday we showed you Rick Sanchez's, um, "excitable" coverage of the Chile earthquake on Saturday. Last night, Jon Stewart talked about it too. The clip below ends perfectly, by showing footage of another classic Rick Sanchez "report," the time he got tasered by police.

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.]

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CNN's Rick Sanchez Freaks Out During Earthquake Coverage

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2010 1:31PM
Is there a worse news anchor than Rick Sanchez on TV right now? I can't think of one. He's over the top, arrogant, pushy, massively exploitative, and just unwatchable. I truly can't even listen to his voice. The tone, the cadence, the delivery... It makes me vomit a little bit in my mouth when he's on. I certainly don't want to have a "national conversation" with him. Thank God Shep Smith is on at the same time.

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.

[via Gawker]

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Lots of changes coming to CNN (and they don't involve Kathy Griffin)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 3:01PM
CNNIt's a new year and CNN has decided to shake up it's daytime lineup. Here's what's going to happen later this month.

  • 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]

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Rick Sanchez gets new CNN show, Rick's List

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 23rd 2009 3:00PM
rick_sanchez_cnnRick Sanchez is one of those CNN personalities -- it's hard to call him a news reporter -- who doesn't really fit the mold. He never fit the mold as a local guy down here in South Florida either. However, CNN seems to believe that Rick has an appeal. That said, CNN will give Rick Sanchez a new show in just a few weeks. Commencing January 18, 2010, Rick's List will be a daily two-hour installment of Rich Sanchez. The timing is interesting because they're cutting an hour into Wolf Blitzer's The Situation Room.

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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The Daily Show isn't a fan of any of the cable news channels

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 9th 2009 4:35PM
This clip from The Daily Show pretty much summarizes what's wrong with the cable news channels. And no, Jon Stewart isn't just dumping on Fox News here, he also goes after MSNBC for being obsessed with Rush Limbaugh and CNN for their insane i-Report/Twitter reliance.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
"i" on News
thedailyshow.com

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Changes coming to the CNN lineup (unfortunately)

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2008 1:01PM
CNNI can't tell you exactly what I'll be doing every weekday at 3pm starting September 8, but I do know one thing: I won't be watching CNN anymore.

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.

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Bill O'Reilly screams at Rick Sanchez

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 26th 2007 9:22AM

Bill O'ReillyWow, 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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