In an appearance on Pete Dominick's SIRIUS show last night, promoting Conventional Idiocy: Why the New America is Sick of Old Politics, Rick Sanchez called Jon Stewart a bigot — with "very much a white, liberal establishment point of view."
USA Today's Ann Oldenburg summarizes what happened next:
He added, "He can't relate to a guy like me. He can't relate to a guy whose dad worked all his life. He can't relate to somebody who grew up poor."
When Dominick suggested Jews (such as Stewart) have some sense of what it's like to be an oppressed minority and saying that Jews are as much minorities as Latinos in the U.S. (Sanchez is Cuban-American), he snickered. "Yeah," Sanchez said, sarcastically. "Very powerless people… [snickers] He's such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… Please, what are you kidding? … 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."
He is no longer on the CNN payroll. A network spokesperson gave this statement to NPR:
Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.
You can hear audio of the exchange after the jump.