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Nearly nine months after calling Jon Stewart a “bigot,” former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is taking back those words.
“Jon’s not a racist or a bigot — not even close,” Sanchez wrote in a blog post last week. [Watch Stewart talk about Sanche amid the October scandal, above.]
Sanchez’s comments came in response to another blog post by Fox News’ Bernie Goldberg, who argued in a piece titled “Is Jon Stewart Racist?” that Stewart’s impressions of black presidential candidate Herman Cain – using stereotyped black dialect — were racially insensitive and would not have been tolerated “if a conservative had done it.”
Continued Sanchez: “The insinuation that he is any of those things, hiding under the cover of comedy, is just plain wrong. The assertion that Jon “gets away” with jokes because Fox classifies him as a liberal and that a conservative would get eviscerated for saying the same things, doesn’t hold water. Unless we’re ready to classify Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh as comedians rather than pundits, anchors or hosts on a news network, then any comparison to Jon is a false one.”
Sanchez, who is Cuban American, added that all races are the targets of Stewart’s comedy.
“Jon’s goal every night is to inform and illuminate, and to be funny while doing so,” he wrote. “Whatever Jon’s political leanings, he is an equal-opportunity comedian and satirist.”
Sanchez was fired from CNN in October over his comments about Stewart, which were made on the Stand Up! With Pete Dominick SiriusXM radio show.
In the interview, Sanford argued that 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.”
Sanchez went on: “I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.”
Now, Sanchez admit he was being “thin-skinned,” adding: “I was wrong.”
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