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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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Words of Wisdom for Chilean Miners From One Who Knows (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 24th 2010 8:56PM
It's hard for most people to imagine what the 33 Chilean miners who are trapped deep in a collapsed mine shaft -- and won't be able to be rescued for about four months -- will have to go through.

On 'Rick's List' (weeknights, 8PM ET on CNN), Rick Sanchez had a guest who might have a pretty good idea.

In 1972, Roberto Canessa survived for 72 days high in the Andes Mountains after a plane clash. The notorious ordeal, which included the eating of the dead, was dramatized in the movie 'Alive.' Sanchez asked Canessa how one stays sane under such dire circumstances.

"There are kind of rules that your mind establishes," Canessa explained. "Our main thoughts were: 'perhaps tomorrow,' 'one step at time' and 'where there's life there's hope.'"

Sanchez, who's sort of a real-life Ron Burgundy, then informed his audience that he had grilled Canessa off-camera on the well-established cannibalism angle of his ordeal, and got the survivor to confirm it yet again.

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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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