CNN's Rick Sanchez calls Jon Stewart a 'bigot'
Cuban-American anchor says comic thinks he's 'second tier'CNN anchor Rick Sanchez let loose on "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart while appearing on the "Stand Up! with Pete Dominick" SiriusXM radio show Friday morning.
Sanford, who is Cuban American, said there's racism in the media "not just [from] the right," but also "elite, Northeast establishment liberals" that "deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier." He pointed to a personal experience with an unnamed CEO exec calling him "more as John Quinones," referring to the Hispanic ABC News reporter.
Sanchez went on: "I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart's a bigot."
When pressed by Dominick, who once worked for Stewart, to explain his strong sentiment, Sanchez said, "I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine."
Asked Dominick: "What group is he bigoted towards?"
"Everybody else who's not like him," replied Sanchez. "Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?"
When asked again for a specific example, Sanchez said, "That's what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid."
Dominick asked Sanchez again what group Stewart is bigoted against. Said Sanchez, "Anybody who's different than you are, anybody who's not form your frame of reference; anybody who doesn't look and sound exactly like the people that you sound [like] and grew up with. The people that you put on your show, who always reflect somebody who's, 'I'm bringing in to sit around me,' you know, who's very different from me. I'm sorry, but I just don't buy this thing that the only people out there who are prejudiced… are the right. There's people that are prejudiced on both sides.:
Sanchez added that Stewart's worldview is "very much a white, liberal establishment point of view… He can't relate to a guy like me. He can't relate to a guy whose dad worked all his life. He can't relate to somebody who grew up poor."
Later in the interview, Sanchez backtracked.
"All right, I'll take the word bigot back; I'll say prejudicial [sic] -- uninformed," he said.
"If I did just sit there and read the teleprompter every day, Jon Stewart would never say a word about me. He'd say I'm a good Hispanic anchor, 'Way to go, you've done a good job, stay right there.' … I am a complex human being, I'm not some moron…" Sanchez went on.
Sanchez complained that Stewart picks on him for minor on air-failings instead of more considerably offenses committed by Fox News anchors.
"Here's what they do. This is the game they play: 'I just picked on Fox News, because they just had a bold-faced [sic] lie about something -- dammit, that means I gotta find something on CNN. 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 indubitably 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,'" Sanchez said.
When Dominick pointed out that Stewart was "just a comedian," Sanchez sniped, "That's a cop-out."
Stewart is Jewish, which could be considered a minority, Dominick pointed out. Sanchez laughed off the comparison.
"Very powerless people," he laughed. "He's such a minority, I mean, you know… 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."
Listen to the entire interview here.