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What Rick Sanchez said about CNN and Jews

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post’s Plum Line tries to put the hullabaloo about CNN’s Rick Sanchez seemingly anti-Semitic statements into context…

The Plum Line – Greg Sargent

The Web is burning up with this comment that CNN’s Rick Sanchez made on a radio show, which seems like he’s saying CNN and the networks are run by Jews:

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.

If Sanchez meant that everybody who runs the networks is a lot like Stewart in that they’re Jewish, that’s obviously very, very bad, and portends serious trouble for him. I wonder, though, if that’s what he really meant. Here’s the full context of what Sanchez said about Stewart — most of his complaint is directed at white liberals who, Sanchez complains, don’t understand minorities despite their best intentions:

SANCHEZ: He is one of the left wing elite northeast establishment guys who says, I like black people and Mexicans as long as they’re, “here, let me tap you on the head. Way to go, Ricky, you’re doing a good job.” But as soon as you do or say something or develop any kind of character, they push you down. Just like the administrator who said he didn’t want me to be an anchor, he wanted me to be a reporter, because when he looks at me he thinks of other Hispanic reporters like John Quinones.

QUESTIONER: Do you think that’s a conscious thing, that Stewart or left wing liberals or whatever do?

SANCHEZ: No, I don’t.

QUESTIONER: Because he’s on the same side as you on immigration.

SANCHEZ: I don’t think it’s a conscious thing. I just think it’s important that people who are not minorities understand that those of us who are — and very few of us will say the things that I just said — are actually more complex than they think we are.

QUESTIONER: Stewart’s a minority as much as you are. He’s Jewish.

SANCHEZ: Yeah. Yeah. Very powerless people. Please. What are you, kidding?

QUESTIONER: You’re telling me that –

SANCHEZ: 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.

It’s not quite clear what Sanchez means here. Again: If he was referring derisively to the people who run all the networks as Jewish, that’s obviously awful. But reading the full context, it seems at least possible that when he referred to Stewart and the people at the networks he was referring not to Jews, but to snooty white liberal elites who don’t understand minorities. After all, that’s who he’d been talking about during the bulk of the whole exchange.

The problem for Sanchez is that even if that were what he meant, he said it just before his sneering dismissal of the idea that Jews are an oppressed minority. So even if he did mean to say what I suggested above, it may be tough for him to get his clarification taken seriously.

On the other hand, Sanchez very well could have meant his comments in the way that the worst possible interpretation suggests.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Let me try to be a bit clearer. The charitable interpretation of what he said — and I mean charitable — is that Sanchez’s mind was on the white liberals he’d been ranting about. In the first half of the offending quote he was referring to them:

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. 

Then, in the second half, he addressed what his questioner had said about Jews:

And to imply that somehow they — the people in this country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority? Yeah.  

The problem is that even if he meant these comments in the less offensive way, he used the word “they” in that second half before saying “the people in this country who are Jewish.” This will be impossible for him to clarify. And, again, he very well have meant the comments in the worst way.

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Palin Too Chicken To Rebut Vanity Fair In The Mainstream Media?

Sarah Palin - Dead Grizzly

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In my opinion, Sarah Palin will never go to the mainstream media to rebut anything.   She has set a plan in motion that other tea partiers seem to be following(my interpretation):

  1. Stay away from the “lame stream media” at all costs. 
  2. Only go on “tea party” friendly news programs
  3. Lie to your heart’s content, our followers don’t care and the others don’t matter.
  4. Stay away from press events that include the “lame stream media”.

That’s just a few.  I’m sure there are more de facto rules for Tea Party candidates.

If you noticed, Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Jan Brewer and others of their ilk have all followed those rules in some form or other.  This should be called The Palin Doctrine: “Just say no to the lame stream media!”

News Hounds

Just a few days after media coward Sarah Palin whined that Obama should get tougher questions from NBC, she took to Sean Hannity’s radio show (where she was assured of nothing but sympathetic air time) to complain about a scathing article about her in Vanity Fair. Did Palin rebut any of the allegations in the article? Not that I heard. Instead, she came up with new insults about the media, calling them “Impotent, limp and gutless.” Yet who’s running from whom?

It’s Palin who demands pre-approved questions, who won’t allow the media to record her for more than three minutes and can only use the footage as B-roll and it’s Palin who won’t do any interview except with a friendly outfit while tossing Facebook bombs from the safety of knowing that no follow-up questions will ensue.

If she’s really half as tough as she likes to present herself as, she’d be clamoring to go mano-a-mano with such impotent losers.

So, Sarah, why aren’t you?

You can tweet her with this question or any other comments at @sarahpalinusa

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