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Rush, Rick Sanchez, Jon Stewart: Double_Standard?

By on 10.4.10 | 12:03PM

Isn't this interesting?

CNN's Rick Sanchez has been fired by CNN. Depending on the news account, it was either because Sanchez spent some time in a radio interview calling Comedy Central's liberal champion Jon Stewart a "bigot." (Stewart has been mocking Sanchez periodically on his show.) Some versions of the Sanchez firing attribute it to alleged anti-Semitism expressed in the same interview.

If the latter, then c'est la vie. There is no room for anti-Semitism in this world, much less spewing forth from a prominent CNN anchor.

But there's enough press out there saying the real reason for the Sanchez dismissal was that he called liberal icon Stewart a "bigot."

Now think about this.

If that's true, here's a curious fact.

Rick Sanchez gets fired in a blink because he calls the liberal Jon Stewart a bigot. But not all that long ago Sanchez said on the air that Rush Limbaugh had "once declared that had '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.'"

This was during the major media-induced assault on Rush when he was being considered for an ownership stake in an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams.

There was not a single word of truth to what Sanchez said. Not one. It was a total, complete untruth. Retraction? Eventually -- after El Rushbo's lawyer's raised a more than justified stink.

The point? CNN didn't fire Sanchez for maligning the conservative Rush. Nope. No problemo there. It was only when he said the liberal Jon Stewart was a bigot that he lost his job.

Huh. As they use to say on the old Laugh-In TV show: "Verrrrrrrrrrrry interesting."

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