Rick Sanchez Blasts Jon Stewart, Says CNN Run by Jews
|Sunday, October 3,2010 21:26|
|By Steve M|
I think I understand where CNN’s Rick Sanchez is coming from — I didn’t grow up with a lot of money and my parents never went past high school, and even though I got a degree from a fancy-schmancy Ivy League school, then wound up working media jobs (albeit unglamorous ones), I still worry about gaffes — verbal, sartorial, cutlery-based, whatever — that might “prove” I don’t deserve to be in the presence of my betters.
Sanchez clearly feels the same way — though what the hell this has to do with Jon Stewart’s Jewishness, I don’t know.
Sanchez, if you don’t know, went on the satellite radio show of Pete Dominick and railed against Stewart and others in the media he feels are harmful to his career. Sanchez is obviously extremely sensitive about gaffes. He said of Stewart and his colleagues:
So Sanchez (who’s actually Cuban-American, and who reminded listeners at least twice on the show that he grew up not speaking English) is clearly sensitive about his command of the language. On the one hand, I get that. On the other hand, he’s gone into a field that requires an ability to speak well. If you grew up poor and without a real bat or baseball, you still have to be able to hit a real ball if you want to get called up to the big leagues.
Sanchez’s anger against Stewart is class-based, and, again, he focuses on speech, among other issues:
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. (Emphasis added.)
After Sanchez said this, the host of the show said that Stewart should understand ethnic prejudice because he’s Jewish. Sanchez scoffed at that notion, and lashed out in a way that could destroy his career:
The notion that Stewart singles out Sanchez’s gaffes is nuts, because Stewart attacks the button-nosed Botoxed blonds of Fox (male and female) far more than he attacks Sanchez. If Sanchez thinks he’s singled out for especially poor treatment, it’s clearly because this insecurity eats away at him and distorts his reading of reality. If he thinks he’s singled out by Stewart, he should talk to Megyn Kelly or Steve Doocy, whom Stewart absolutely hammers once or twice a week. But none of that justifies Sanchez’s anti-Semitism in any way.
Sanchez suggests in the interview that his chances at career advancement are limited:
But how do you get from this to Jon Stewart? I don’t think I’ve even known Stewart to make fun of John Quinones. Or Soledad O’Brien (well, maybe once). Or Elizabeth Vargas. (Though maybe that’s because her husband is Jewish!)
Maybe Stewart makes fun of Sanchez because, well, he thinks Sanchez himself is funny, as an individual.
Though I think Stewart would have considered it even funnier if someone had tasered Steve Doocy.
This rant reminds me a bit of Peggy Noonan’s old argument that she went from salt-of-the-earth Kennedy fan to right-winger because the snooty attitudes of well-heeled liberals offended her in her college years — as if ideas become bad because you don’t like the people who believe in them. She’s been playing that class card for a while — even now, as a well-heeled pundit herself — but at least she never went this far.