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Smarmy Sanchez Part 5: Desperate for Reasons to Attack SC Republicans

October 30, 2009


Editor’s Note: Click Here for More of Paul Cooper’s Smarmy Sanchez series.

You’ve got to love the crack research of Rick Sanchez. Most news websites have a feature where you can put in key words, so that when those terms come up in a story you get an email.  CNN’s Sanchez must have that feature for “Republican,” “Scandal,” and “South Carolina.” He saw a pointless news story this week about the sexual indiscretion of a guy who held elected office 20 years ago and somehow decided it was worthy of a segment of his afternoon show on the global news network.

Sanchez starts his coverage by asking,

“What’s up with South Carolina Republicans?”

He sets up his new “scandal” with the real national scandal involving Governor Mark Sanford, Congressman Joe Wilson saying “you lie” (which Sanchez delivers with a fake southern accent that sounded more redneck than Joe Wilson,) and then he mentions some obscure news report about two county chairmen using a Jewish stereotype.

Sanchez reported on that small town local report last week like it was major national news and now he’s got another “whopper.”  A deputy assistant general (Roland Corning) in Columbia lost his job, because he was up to hanky panky in his car near at a cemetery. Creepy? Yeah. Illegal? No. I live in a town of 4000 and that would have been a big deal here for a week. Sanchez has to try to blow up the story like it somehow adds to the evil of Republicans from South Carolina.

Is Corning really that important?  He was an elected State Representative 20 years ago!  Sanchez only had one file picture to show of the guy and it was from 1990.  In 1990 Corning was 47 years old.  He is now 66. Hey Rick, if the story is worthy of CNN, maybe you shouldn’t use a picture older than most of your Facebook friends.

But I guess we shouldn’t expect a guy who fabricates history when convenient, or doesn’t check his sources on fake racist quotes by media giants, to do the work of getting a somewhat recent picture.

Why would Sanchez cherrypick a local story about county chairmen using poor terminology about Jews one week and the next week report a story about an indiscretion of a man who held elected office 20 years ago?  One reason: it enabled him to bring up both Sanford and Wilson again in order to attack the Right. He can put them all together to create this meta-narrative that Republicans – and especially South Carolina Republicans — are hypocrites and racists. Thus he can argue that Republicans appear more and more to be racist hypocrites who have no credibility and should be ignored – especially when they speak out against the policies of President Barack Obama.

How long will Sanchez continue this approach? I have no idea. But reader beware: if you were ever a Republican who held any elected office (no matter how small) in South Carolina, you might want to be sure not to have any overdue library books or unpaid parking tickets, or else you might be the next feature on CNN Newsroom with Smarmy Sanchez.

  1. Larry D. Crumbley permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:50 pm

    At one time I lived in Miami Fla. and of course he “RICKY-TICKY” Sanchez lived there also, and worked at a station called WSVN as there main-anchor, and boy O’ BOY they must love seeing that he works for CNN—FOR WHO? THat’s right they have gotten so bad that they have just about got people saying CNN who? There just like MSNBC, and the other idiotic lunatic left-leaning crapaholic news organizations out there well they are so out of touch with what we as regular
    American citizens feel anymore. They are just so irrelevant, and the real problem is that they know that they do not mean anything to NORMAL every day people anymore. But they just do not care. Even so much as to continue to go down there stupid path that will lead them into the dark abyss that is called the “HELL”, or purgatory of no-ratings. As Mark Levin likes to call the idiot from MSNBC—THE PMS OF CABLE NEWS—Mr. Keithy Ober-BITE, and his count-down to no ratings at his loser of a station.

    Larry D. Crumbley

  2. Jim Timmie permalink
    November 4, 2009 10:31 am

    Well I think that a 66 year old man caught with a 18 year old stripper is unimportant under most circumstances. It becomes more important if the the man is a (1) a state employee; (2) a state employee who is responsible for enforcing the law (he’s an assistant attorney general); (3)he’s a member of an organization (Republican) that considers it’s moral fiber and Christian beliefs as the bedrock of their party and frequently states that all of the nations problems stem from straying from those principals;(4)his boss recently tried to further his career by very publically attacking Craigslist for abetting the same kind of activities that Mr. Corning was doing; and,(5) for being in South Caronlina, a state who’s holier than thou attitude should be their state motto and whose recent history of Republican politians making getting caught with their pants down has made it a punchline for jokes. I think that’s enought to get it on national TV.

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