CNN’s Rick Sanchez - racist political bigot, and as it turns out was a drunk-driving, hit-and-run, leaving-the-scene-of-an-accident killer.

And today refused to retract his "slavery smear" of a White Christian.

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www.black-and-right.com/2009/10/14/rick-sanchez-revealed-wso

Rick Sanchez Revealed (w/sources)
CNN’s Rick Sanchez

www.mrc.org/biasalert/2009/20091013061953.aspx

is a racist, political bigot,

www.nmatv.com/video/2065/CNN-Shocked-Black-Men-Not-Voting-Ob

and as it turns out was a drunk-driving, hit-and-run, leaving-the-scene-of-an-accident killer.

Yo Rick, HERE’S A SOURCE!

Minutes after midnight on the morning of December 10, 1990, an intoxicated Jeffrey Smuzinick darted out in front of a Volvo on a residential street near Joe Robbie Stadium. The driver of the car, WSVN-TV Channel 7 anchorman Rick Sanchez, became the subject of a subsequent January 16 New Times story that described the odd circumstances of the accident. Sanchez, whom a Metro-Dade police officer said “smelled strongly of alcohol,” first stopped his car but then later left the scene. A blood test to determine Sanchez’s sobriety was not administered until an hour and fifteen minutes after the collision. Though Sanchez says he tried to aid Smuzinick at the scene of the accident and flag down motorists, eyewitnesses claim the anchorman ignored the injured man and loudly told police and bystanders that blood tests were pointless, and would hurt his public image.

So inconvenient for the ol’ career, wasn’t it, Rick.


Best known for his stint as a sometimes-melodramatic correspondent on Channel 7’s “Crime Check,” Sanchez continues his work on the station’s evening and late newscasts while awaiting a September 13 court date on misdemeanor drunk-driving charges. His attorney, Richard Essen, now says the anchorman returned home and had “a couple of drinks to calm his nerves” before returning to the scene.
— Miami News, August 07, 1991

Oh, and “Jeffrey Smuzinick, who was left paralyzed after being struck by the car of Channel 7 anchor
Rick Sanchez, died Monday in a Pennsylvania nursing home.”

Rick, that was relatively easy to do. Go online, find a reputable source and report it. If you go to a site of dubious quality and make a mistake, admit. You know, be a man. But to attempt to squirm out of a misreport is just Rick being Rick. Trying to squirm out again.

At least he didn’t kill anyone this time.

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www.mrc.org/biasalert/2009/20091013061953.aspx

CNN Anchor Fails to Retract His False Smear of Rush Limbaugh as Slavery-Admiring Racist
By: Rich Noyes
October 13, 2009 18:06 ET



On Monday, CNN Newsroom anchor Rick Sanchez reported as fact that radio host Rush Limbaugh had uttered a “racist diatribe” on the “merits” of slavery. “He 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,’ said Limbaugh,” Sanchez told his audience.

But Sanchez cited no source for the quote other than a vague caption of “Rush Limbaugh on the Radio” in the accompanying on-screen graphic, and Limbaugh had on his show that day already explicitly denied he ever said it before Sanchez ever went on the air.

But on Tuesday’s show, Sanchez did not retract his use of the quote or provide any evidence that Limbaugh said it. Instead, he briefly summarized Limbaugh’s denial — claiming “we want to be fair to Rush” — before suggesting that whether or not CNN got its facts right is irrelevent: “Obviously, that does not take away the fact that there are other quotes which have been attributed to Rush Limbaugh, which many people in the African-American community and many other minority communities do find offensive.”

Earlier on Tuesday, MRC President Brent Bozell had challenged CNN (and MSNBC) executives to document the source of the inflammatory quote or they are “100% guilty of character assassination.” Sanchez did not provide any evidence that the quote is genuine.

The quote seems to have originated with pranksters who tampered with Limbaugh’s Wikipedia page several years ago, and migrated into a left-wing book published in 2006, 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America. The book had no footnote documenting the date on which Limbaugh had supposedly uttered the remark. Recently, the quote was cited by St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer Bryan Burwell in an October 7 column about Limbaugh’s joint effort to purchase the St. Louis Rams. Other sports writers soon cited the quote as well, including Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp writing in the October 12 USA Today.

On Monday’s Newsroom, Sanchez used the inflammatory quote in a discussion of Limbaugh’s bid for the Rams, pairing it with a genuine quote from 2003:


Limbaugh is a big football fan and for a very brief time in 2003, he got a commentator's job on ESPN. He lost that job after he suggested that Philadelphia Eagle's quarterback, Donovan McNabb, was overrated because he's black.

Here's what he said, he said, "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve."

By the way, I should let you know that McNabb has turned out to be a legitimate NFL superstar quarterback. Limbaugh's perceived racist diatribes are too many to name but here's a sampling: He 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," said Limbaugh.


But before Sanchez had even uttered his smear, Limbaugh had categorically denied it on his radio show:


There's a quote out there that I first saw it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that I somehow, some time ago, defended slavery and started cracking jokes about it. And, you know, you say a lot of things in the course of 15 hours a week, over the course of 21 years. We've gone back, we have looked at everything we have. There is not even an inkling that any words in this quote are accurate. It's outrageous, but it's totally predictable. It's being repeated by people who have never listened to this program, they certainly didn't hear it said themselves because it was never said.


On Tuesday’s show, Sanchez relayed Limbaugh’s denial, but neither agreed that CNN should not have aired the quote nor defended the quote by citing a source. Instead, he seemed to argue that the larger criticism of Limbaugh as racially divisive was still intact — sort of like Dan Rather’s twisted defense of his 2004 hit piece on George W. Bush a year after the fact: “I believed in the story, and the facts of the story were correct. One supporting pillar of the story, albeit an important one, one supporting pillar was brought into question. To this day no one has proven whether it was what it purported to be or not....The story is accurate."

Journalism 101: If the facts are false, the story is false.

Here’s Sanchez’ on the October 13 Newsroom, as transcribed by MRC’s Matthew Balan:

SANCHEZ: Rush Limbaugh [has] been getting a lot of heat lately. Some people are saying it’s not fair at all. All he has said is that he wants to own a NFL franchise, the St. Louis Rams. Much of the criticism has come from some NFL players, who are actually saying, we’re not willing to play for somebody like that because he has been divisive.

But one of the quotes that has been attributed to Rush Limbaugh is the one about him saying that ‘slavery built the South, and I’m not saying that we should bring it back.. I’m just saying that it had it’s merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.’

Among the news organizations that reported that yesterday was our show, at 3 o’clock. Limbaugh’s response to this is- and we want to be fair to Rush- he says, ‘We’ve gone back. We have looked at everything else, and there is not even an inkling that any of the words in that quote are accurate. It is outrageous.’ So Rush Limbaugh is denying that that quote has come from him.

Obviously, that does not take away the fact that there are other quotes which have been attributed to Rush Limbaugh, which many people in the African-American community and many other minority communities do find offensive. Nonetheless, it is a major controversy, not only in sports, but it’s also entered the news arena, when members of the NFL Players Association came out yesterday and said, they, too, were going to tell the commissioner that he should not allow Rush Limbaugh to own a team.


It’s at least some progress for CNN to note that Limbaugh disputes the accuracy of the quote, but putting such a racially inflammatory quote on the air in the first place without knowing if it is true is truly irresponsible journalism. Faced with Limbaugh’s denials, Sanchez should either prove he’s right to cite it, or retract it.

—Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center.

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