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CNN’s Rick Sanchez fired after calling Jon Stewart a bigot

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Say goodbye to the king of ‘Conventional Idiocy’: CNN newscaster Rick Sanchez has been fired. The news comes one day after Sanchez appeared on Pete Dominick’s Sirius radio show, where he called ‘The Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart a ‘bigot’ (he later amended the term to ‘prejudicial’) and suggested that ‘everybody who runs CNN’ was Jewish.

Today, CNN released a statement noting that “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

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CNN did not disclose whether Sanchez’s comments were cause for letting him go. But the radio interview was just the latest in a history of incendiary quotes from the newscaster, who has gotten into trouble for calling Obama a ‘cotton-pickin’ president,’ misquoting Rush Limbaugh, and not understanding the metric system.

If you’d like to listen to Sanchez’ radio comments (and hear him quote Mark Twain), click here.

[Updated at 5:06 p.m.: An earlier version of this story misspelled Sanchez’s and Stewart’s first names in one reference and has been corrected.]

-- Melissa Maerz


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