By this point, we all know the details of former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez’s fall from grace. As fast as he rose from fill-in anchor in the mid-2000s to host of a two-hour, social media-inspired afternoon broadcast, Rick’s List, he was out the door, taken down by one of the great taboos left standing in America: anti-Semitism.
The formula is simple. A public figure makes a comment painting Jews or the Jewish community in a negative or stereotypical manner (forget benign intent) and is then condemned, ostracized, excommunicated. Calumny that crops up in the media rarely stands a chance against 21st century media and political watchdogs.
Here is Sanchez, spouting some classic Jewish media domination rhetoric — aimed at The Daily Show host Jon Stewart — on Pete Dominick’s radio program nearly two weeks ago: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”