Let me preface this by saying no tears are being shed here for Rick Sanchez. If CNN canned him for bigoted remarks, if anything they were years late on this one.
After all, this is the same CNN that never even considered firing Rick Sanchez prior to the 2008 presidential election when he called three black men sellouts because they dared come on his show and say they were going to vote for John McCain instead of the Barack Obama HE concluded they should support. This is the same CNN that never even considered firing Rick Sanchez for slandering a talk show host by repeating an unsubstantiated, fictitious racial slur he falsely attributed to Rush Limbaugh.
But let Rick Sanchez speak ill of a Northeast liberal elite or imply that Jews run CNN (or the entertainment business in general) and that’s an instantly terminable offense.
It doesn’t matter that Bill Maher can say “nigger” on a CNN broadcast while Larry King chuckles at the sound of one of the worse racial slurs in America. CNN has standards to uphold.
And I’ve always wondered why people get so bent out of shape over the possibility that Jews run Hollywood; a notion that numbers seem to support.
One could read the first names of National Basketball Association rosters and conclude that blacks dominate the NBA. One could read the first names of Major League Baseball rosters and conclude that Dominicans now dominate MLB. As long as people are the best at what they do, is this a bad thing? A person can kill someone and be accepted in the entertainment industry until he dares mention the over-representation of Jewish names on any television or movie end credit and he’s on the street in minutes.
Unless Jews are hired into the business based primarily on their ethnicity and not relevant prior experience (and there’s no proof of this), I don’t see why people are canned for making an observation that any other group would be proud of?
The late Marlon Brando took a lot of heat for crudely pointing out (again on Larry King Live) that every ethnic group is caricatured negatively at some point in the entertainment industry except Jews. On Friday, a bad Latino was exposed and dealt with accordingly. Rick Sanchez stepped on the Third Rail of the entertainment industry and he may soon find out who really runs Univision and Telemundo.