Rick Sanchez is an idiot.
He was an idiot before he went on XM/Sirius show Stand Up with Pete Dominick. He was an idiot when we said that Jon Stewart is a bigot, when we pulled back to not bigot but just prejudiced, when he sarcastically ranted that the networks are run by entitled, villainous Jews who he hopes worry about another Holocaust (what?!), and when he got his stupid ass fired by CNN as a result of it all.
Salon summed it up elegantly on Friday:
That was fast. CNN just waited until 6 pm eastern to fire Rick “CNN’s Second-Dumbest Anchor” Sanchez. CNN will pay morons to read Tweets on-air, but they won’t employ morons who semi-coherently express resentful antisemitic comments on satellite radio.
Here is CNN’s brief statement:
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.“
This summary pulls out the good parts, with audio. What kills me most isn’t that Sanchez tries to play the race card while employing Speedy Gonzalez-like sound effects on his show every goddam day and acts as though he’s the only famous person whose dad worked hard, it’s that he thinks it’s prejudicial to make fun of him for mispronouncing things:
[Speaking as Stewart] Oh, I know… wait, hold on, let me find, oh that Rick Sanchez, that little Puerto Rican guy. I’ll make fun of him. Do you have anything.” “Uh, yeah, last week, he mispronounced the word indutably or whatever.” “Yeah, that’s it, find me that and we’ll do a whole 4-minute segment on how he mispronounced the word arithmetic.”
You think that shit’s funny because your family is Puerto Rican? No, ya moron, it’s funny because news anchors are supposed to be smart. Jesu Christo, ese. The whole point of The News is to enable people who don’t know the word “indubitably” to turn on the TV and learn things from people who do. And the fact that you have — ahem, I mean had — a job reading the news when you don’t know “the word indutably or whatever” is as hilarious as it is disappointing, terrifying and stupefying.
Speaking of reading, by the way, Ricky boy goes on to say that if he just read the teleprompter every day without going off-script Jon Stewart would have nothing to say about him. Dude! Exactly. That’s the whole freaking point. As soon as you start running your stupid mouth you give Stewart and the like more fodder to feed on.
Case in point: Where was your teleprompter when you got yourself fired? Aye dios mio, indeed.