Rick Sanchez was really sloppy and incredibly inarticulate in describing his personal experiences at CNN as well as expressing his frustration in dealing with what I like to call The Bugbear of American Journalism, thus making himself an easy target. Ed Kent, a Brooklyn College philosophy professor emeritus, is in the ball park writing about this CNN episode. I am waiting to see if and how Howie Kurtz’s Reliable Sources addresses the Sanchez firing, especially if he addresses the TBAJ which sooooo many mainstream bloggers and journalists overlooked or ignored.
Kent and I are in agreement about the bigger issues of the Sanchez firiing (which are the bigger issues for us). But I believe I have better insight because I worked at mainstream corporate news organizations like Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York, (where I first encountered the TBAJ) and the Washington Star in Washington D.C. (where I once did a TV news commentary show with Kurtz until the TBAJ ended my TV sojourn and later Time magazine (Bugbear there too but there was a sympathetic piece in the Columbia Journalism Review) and the New York Post (Bugbear there too).
Kent liked Sanchez’s show. I didn’t. My piece — Rick Sanchez-2 — comes sometime after I watch Reliable Sources today. Read Kent’s angle at his blog, here. Kent also listed this The Huffington Post piece in his postings to his PeaceEfforts [PeaceEfforts@yahoogroups.com], Israel/Palestine [Israel_Palestine@yahoogroups.com].
Note: The Huffington Post published this date a news brief about John Stewart’s response. A snippet of the brief is here, with Stewart quoted as saying: “If you went on radio and said the Jews control the media…you may want to hold on to your money,” he said, according to THR’s Georg Szalai. Later, he joked, “All he has to do is apologize to us, and we’ll hire him back.”