Sanchez apologizes to Stewart, apparently outraging Fox News

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 18:50 EDT
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Fox report: ‘You call that an apology?’

Former CNN host Rick Sanchez has reportedly apologized to comedian Jon Stewart for calling him a “bigot” during a radio program where he appeared to claim that Jews run much of the media.

The revelation was made by Suzanne Sanchez, Rick’s wife, who took to Facebook to defend her husband.

“Rick apologized to jon stewart today,” she wrote. “They had a good talk. jon was gracious and called rick, ‘thin-skinned.’”

“His exhaustion from working 14 hr days for 2 mo. straight, caused him to mangle his thought process inartfully,” Mrs. Sanchez wrote. “he got caught up in the banter and deeply apologizes to anyone who was offended by his unintended comments.”

Fox News seemed dismayed at the minor feud’s fizzled resolution.

“You call that an apology?” an uncredited FoxNews.com report asked in its first sentence — as if the conservative network were offended on Stewart’s behalf.

Reacting to the dust-up on his Comedy Central program on Monday night, Stewart feigned excitement over Sanchez even knowing who he is.

The comedian did, however, take exception to the comment about Jews and their influence in the media.

Wanting to make fun of the former TV host on his comedy show, Stewart said he regretted that Sanchez’s words fell so late in the week, adding, “there’s no way this cat survives the weekend at CNN.” The Daily Show generally tapes Mondays through Thursdays.

Sanchez was unceremoniously fired from CNN on Friday afternoon.

This video is from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, first broadcast on Monday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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