Rick Sanchez: Stand Up! With Pete Dominick Race Comments: Audio
CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Was a Guest on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick on September 30
According to a write-up of the guest spot on the Stand Up! blog (complete with audio clips), the discussion between Rick Sanchez and Pete Dominick touched a lot on race and even Jon Stewart.
Sanchez made his opinion clear about other news anchors such as Bill O'Reilly, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, and said what they are doing is not really journalism, but he also made some comments about Jon Stewart, calling him a bigot.
He started by telling a story about how an unnamed 'top brass' at CNN told him that he didn't see Sanchez as an anchor, more like a reporter such as John Quiñones.
Sanchez’s example was an illustration that the problem of racism in the media business goes further than many expect, enveloping “not just 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.”
Then Sanchez said that to some extent he thinks Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are the same, and that's when he called Jon Stewart a bigot (which he later retracted to say Stewart was 'prejudicial' and 'uninformed').
Pete asked Sanchez why Stewart was a bigot:
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.
When asked who Stewart is bigoted against, Sanchez said 'everyone who is not like him... I mean what does he surround himself with?'
Pete asked for a specific example, saying the term “bigot” is pretty strong.
“That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid.”
When pressed to explain the situation further, as Pete Dominick used to work for Stewart, Sanchez said:
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 said Stewart cannot relate to a guy like him, whose dad had to work his whole life and who grew up poor.
Inexplicably, Sanchez argued, “If we’re gonna call one side bigoted, we probably gotta look at the other side and say the same thing.” This, of course, does not stand to reason in the slightest, but Pete noted that he agreed racism and prejudice are not the exclusive domain of conservatives, which Pete has stated countless times on the air.
It is after this that Sanchez takes the word bigot back.
As written on the Stand Up! blog, later in the show, Sanchez returns to the same thread of discussion, but does not refer to Stewart as a bigot again.
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 to be…”
Sanchez did say that Stewart picks on him for 'superficial on-air failings' and not 'substantial offenses' such as the ones committed by Fox News, in his opinion.
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 — damnit, 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 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.”
Sanchez would not accept Dominick's reason that Stewart is a comedian, calling it a 'cop-out'.
Dominick also brought up the topic that Stewart is a Jew and therefore would have some understanding of what it means to be a minority, but to this Sanchez said:
Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… 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. [sarcastically]
(emphasis not added by NowPublic).
Stand Up! with Pete Dominick has more quotes and audio clips from the show on Thursday.