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Time for CNN to Dump Fake Journalist Rick Sanchez

October 16, 2009


Don’t taze me bro – just fire me!

If CNN’s 3pm anchor Rick Sanchez hadn’t convinced you in the past of his fake journalism by being tazered on television, spending quality news time directly attacking Fox News, or comparing Joe the Plumber to Fidel Castro then this week you should have no more doubts.  This week Sanchez did all he could to destroy the character of Rush Limbaugh by using a fake Limbaugh quote about slavery having merit.

Earlier this week Sanchez picked out this quote from some left-wing blog and broadcast it to CNN’s audience without bothering to verify it as accurate:

“I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”

Limbaugh made it very clear that he never said these words.  In fact, if Sanchez would have done some basic fact checking – even if he had simply called Limbaugh’s show- he would have found out the quote was a fake.

Now we know that Limbaugh’s racist quote isn’t the only thing fake – so is the title of ‘journalist’ for Sanchez.  What kind of man would report as fact on a global news network a racist quote from a public figure without checking for accuracy?  Even a high school newspaper writer would know that.

Once it became clear to Sanchez that he tried to destroy a man based on a fabricated quote what did he do?  Did he apologize clearly and passionately – at least with the same vigor and passion he tried to tear down Limbaugh.  You be the judge.  On CNN his ‘apology’ was put this way:

Sanchez: “Among the news organizations that reported that yesterday was our show at three o’clock… Rush Limbaugh is denying that that quote has come from him.  Uh, obviously that does not take away the fact that there are other quotes [that] have been attributed to Rush Limbaugh which many people in the African-American community and many other minority communities do find offensive.”

So Sanchez didn’t do anything wrong.  It was his network just doing what everyone else did. (Where have we heard a leftist use this argument before?) And besides, look at all the other “offensive” quotes “attributed to Rush” about minorities.  And what are those Rick?  To turn an apology into a continued attack on the man you libeled takes the guts of a man not afraid to be tazered for ratings.

On Thursday night, now that Limbaugh will no longer get a chance at owning the Rams, Sanchez has finally come out with a heartfelt apology – on Twitter.

Sanchez: “i’ve know rush. in person,i like him. his rhetoric,however is inexcusably divisive. he’s right tho. we didn’t confirm quote. our bad.”

Wow Rick, that apology almost brought a tear to my eye. How sincere.

CNN, it’s time for Rick to go.  I’d say The National Enquirer has a job for him – but even they have standards.

  1. Paul Cooper permalink
    October 16, 2009 3:37 pm

    update: Sanchez did give a somber apology today on CNN. He looked like he had been taken to the woodshed.
    Here is the video:

    Here is his quote:
    “We have been unable to independently confirm that quote. We should not have reported it without independent confirmation, and for that, I apologize.”

    “I feel it’s important on this show to hold folks accountable whenever they make mistakes. That’s what I try to do. And you know what? That should include myself, and that should also include my team. It’s important to let you know that.”

  2. RobInCanada permalink
    October 16, 2009 4:09 pm

    Yeah, I saw him today giving a fake apology. Likely he was kicked in the nuts by one of the legal suits and forced to speak but it was bs.
    He has made me wretch before with his attitude and stupidity. His ‘interview’ with the scum Hooper from CAIR this afternoon was pretty phony. He really sucked up to him.

    He is probably worse at Jeopardy! than little Wolfie too.

  3. Brian permalink
    October 16, 2009 4:58 pm

    OOOOH! He seems so sincere. NOT!! What a joke! Just another attempt to smear Rush’s reputation for being such an outspoken voice for the conservative movement. No wonder CNN and so many others in the liberal media can no longer compete in the public news square. At least check your facts guys! Even if you don’t agree with most of the publics’ opinion, you can at least state the facts correctly.

  4. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 16, 2009 6:24 pm

    Apparently the folks at CNN have heard from Rush’s legal rep.

    Hopefully several others will get their notices as well.

  5. Mike permalink
    October 16, 2009 11:29 pm

    So, Paul, when are Glenn & the other folk over at Fox going to start apologizing?

    • jac mills permalink
      October 17, 2009 4:52 am

      Why don’t you state a fact or two, Mike, so that we can understand what you are talking about? Or did you merely take your statement from a blog, also?

      • Mike permalink
        October 17, 2009 9:45 am

        Oh! Maybe I was mistaken; but I thought I asked a question.

    • Tully permalink
      October 17, 2009 2:29 pm

      Apologize for what?

      Please be specific in your reply.

      Thank you.

  6. Marylou permalink
    October 16, 2009 11:58 pm

    Looking at the Rick Sanchez apology, now I see what people are saying about pictures they use of Rush. This one where he was so fat is almost as bad as one of the ones they apparently took from his videocam where he’s in his studio on the air and waving and flapping his arms around in great gesticulation.

    They’ll use anything. It’s a propaganda war.

  7. Mike permalink
    October 17, 2009 9:47 am

    As for waving arms, that is the way Limbaugh talks. You may not remember his time on TV back in the 90’s; but he DOES wave his arms. On top of that, I see nothing wrong with his waving his arms and being animated. Even though I might not agree with the reasons he’s upset or animated, I think he makes it clear that what his emotions are supposed to be.

  8. Allende permalink
    October 17, 2009 11:02 am

    But the harm being done, what good is the apology?

  9. Judy permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:07 pm

    Mike, if waving arms alarm you, then you should stay away from most people in New York, New Jersey,Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, etc., and all of the Democrat politicians that cannot speak without the arms in motion. Wait, I do believe that I have found a cure for all of the political hot wind. We tie their hands behind their backs and finally have some piece and quite.We will also cure Al Gore’s climate problems by eliminating most of the world’s CO2.

    • Mike permalink
      October 17, 2009 10:19 pm

      Judy, here’s what I said in part: “On top of that, I see nothing wrong with his waving his arms and being animated.”

      What in that sentence made you think waving arms bothered me?

      I also noted that in so doing he makes apparent what he wants folk to see in his emotions. That second line could be considered somewhat of a slam because I was essentially saying some of the arm waving is probably just acting; but none of us know the answer to that for sure.

      As for the proven science of global climate change, I don’t think all the big bag of winds in both parties would help to change that much.

  10. Judy permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:10 pm

    The question of willingness to suspend truth and honesty is probably on the CNN, Media Matters employment application.

  11. Tully permalink
    October 17, 2009 2:24 pm

    Even Sanchez’s most recent apology, though an improvement, does not reach the level of his offense. Sanchez’s real sin was smearing a man with completely false claims. Sanchez, who is ostensibly a trained, professional journalist, completely neglected to follow standardized journalism procedures that a high school student writing for the school paper would know to follow. Rush Limbaugh has never done anything to Sanchez, including avoiding a reverse smear with the facts of Sanchez’s drunk-driving hit-and-run incident that resulted in a man’s death. Perhaps Sanchez has been somewhat cast out by his leftist journalism brethren because of the drunken hit-and run killing and thus believed that smearing Limbaugh would return him to their favor? Just a thought.

    I contend that Sanchez deliberately avoided fact-checking the alleged Limbaugh remarks because he WANTED to be able to report that Limbaugh made such-and-such racist remarks. This makes the entire Sanchez effort a deliberate, albeit failed, smear.

    And why does CNN employ known drunks who run people down and then flee the scene? I think this is a question that CNN must answer. Perhaps someone with a public megaphone will take this question to CNN for us.

  12. Mike permalink
    October 17, 2009 10:23 pm

    Sanchez did not commit a crime. Unfortunately telling lies during newscasts has become very common in our news media. If they were not allowed to lie there would be no one on Fox at all and very few on any of the other networks.

    I don’t believe Sanchez meant to lie. I think he was just lazy because he read the information and believed the source.

    But Rush makes racist remarks almost every time I listen to him. He may or may not know he is making racist remarks; but he does. I cannot quote any of them, though, because I get so angry listening to his pompous rhetoric I end up turning him off before I explode. I consider him as dangerous as any Communist who ever lived, just in a different direction.

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 18, 2009 5:57 am

      Ah, Mike with the high IQ is back again making statements he cannot back up with facts/citations. And the reason he can’t – because he turns off the source. What does that mean? All of his conclusions are drawn from out of context statements-brilliant.

      • Mike permalink
        October 18, 2009 1:01 pm

        What that means, Julie, is that I prefer not to spend very much time listening to racists explain stuff with lies and innuendos.

        Rush has an excellent mind; but he uses it to push the very right wing rhetoric that pushes the envelope outside of what should happen in public discourse. His primary objective, though, is to get ratings any way he can. I am not convinced he even believes some of what he says himself. He is the easiest one to point out about this because I heard racist statements almost every time I listen to him…especially in the early parts of his program (right before I turn from WHAS to some other station).

        Fortunately there is Glenn Beck to make Rush look very sane, inn spite of Rush’s admitted illegal drug addiction and reported (but not confirmed) relationships with teens in other countries.

    • October 18, 2009 6:33 am

      “But Rush makes racist remarks almost every time I listen to him. He may or may not know he is making racist remarks; but he does. I cannot quote any of them, though, because I get so angry listening to his pompous rhetoric I end up turning him off before I explode.”

      I tend not to forget when people make racist remarks. Racist remarks — real racist remarks — tend to get burned into one’s memory.

      You know Mike it’s perfectly acceptable to just say, “I disagree with Rush Limbaugh’s politics and his sometimes over-the-top style.” That’s a respectable opinion. But it’s troubling when you feel the need to attack the man as a racist and then not have anything to use to back yourself up with why you feel that way.

  13. Mike permalink
    October 18, 2009 1:04 pm

    I’m not sure what to say about this, David Swindle. I try to put bad memories OUT of my mind so apparently hearing racism isn’t as traumatic for you as for me. You would know the answer to that, not me, though.

    What makes you think I disagree with everything Rush says? I did not say that; but I also don’t know why the Republican Party looks ups to this racist, admitted drug addict with some specious relationships and obvious misogynist as their leader.

    • October 18, 2009 5:51 pm

      What the hell is “I try to put bad memories OUT of my mind so apparently hearing racism isn’t as traumatic for you as for me” supposed to mean?

      You’re suggesting that I’M a racist now? Are you sure you want to go there?

      And why the need to go ad hominem? I make a legitimate point — that you’re smearing Rush as a racist without evidence — and you then suggest that you’re somehow morally superior than me in the level of offense you take to racist remarks.

  14. Mike permalink
    October 18, 2009 11:49 pm

    You may skip right over those remarks as not being racist, for example. You may hear so many racist remarks that you no longer notice them. You may not have listened to Rush when he was making racist remarks. I was not saying anything resembling your being racist. As I said before (not here) I believe it is possible to be racist without knowing it because a person doesn’t think through the meaning of what he/she says.

    That does not negate the fact that I have heard him make racist remarks frequently. In fact, it seems he almost has to use them frequently to keep his base happy. Race baiting, of course, isn’t his only tool; but he knows it helps him with most of his base anyway.

    I seriously doubt that I am morally superior to you. I am a sinner, saved by grace.

    • October 19, 2009 6:45 am

      Look, it’s just intellectually improper to call someone a racist and then have NO EVIDENCE to back it up. If I called one of the leading figures of your political movement a racist you wouldn’t let it fly if I pulled the same kind of crap you’re pulling. “Oh Michael Moore has said racist things but I can’t remember anything specifically.”

      When you come to the intellectual squirt gun fight you need to have a full tank of water in your super soaker. You don’t.

  15. Mike permalink
    October 19, 2009 12:06 pm

    You’re right, David; and I apologize for my lack of proof. That does not, of course, mean I am wrong.

    I may actually listen to a program this week just to see what I hear.

    • October 19, 2009 12:31 pm

      Correct. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

      However here’s a question to consider: if the entire mainstream media could find no damning quotes on this subject this past week while the controversy was brewing doesn’t that lead one to think that MAYBE, just MAYBE he isn’t a racist? Think about it. If he’s a racist then they would have had no problem demonstrating it.

  16. Mike permalink
    October 19, 2009 12:42 pm

    Or maybe they don’t want to offend the leader of the Republican Party.
    Or maybe they were looking for a quote related to the NFL player in question.
    Or maybe their threshold for calling a remark racist is higher than mine.

    One other thing about Rush until I find time to listen to him again: Why do some Christians want to defend this man? He was married and divorced at least twice. He is abusive toward those who are allergic to smoke and insults them.
    He is an admitted drug addict; and, if he were less well known, would have likely been jailed for at least a few days.
    He offends even his own listeners at times with his divine pontifications.

    But the biggest question is why Christians would support someone who opens his program with his statements about his own near divinity every time I have listened to him. If he really cared about the Christian faith (or most any faith for that matter) you would think he would steer clear of that. Does he have a church or other faith group he is part of? Does he know very much about the Bible? (That only matters to a certain degree, because I believe each person makes out of the Bible what they make out of it.)

    Is it just because he supports Republican ideas?

  17. Mike permalink
    October 19, 2009 12:42 pm

    Oh! And I have spent zero time searching for evidence so far.

  18. sickoflibs permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:07 am

    The hell with any phony apology to Limbaugh. When is Mr. Multilingual phony baloney going to apologize to the family of the man he ran over with his car while drunk? Then Mr. Smarmy leaves the scene of the accident and comes back over an hour later to check on things, and he’s STILL drunk. What a scumbag.


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