It may seem like forever ago, but there once was an anchor at CNN named Rick Sanchez who called Jon Stewart a bigot and said Jews run the media. Those comments led to Sanchez's firing. Now, three months later, a group calling itself "Friends of Rick Sanchez" has launched a website defending the oft-ridiculed newsman.
"This site has been put up by Rick’s friends, people who have cared about him for many years," the site explains. "Rick is a good man with a long history of success in the television industry. We created this site because we don’t believe a man’s life should be judged by one misconstrued moment, one interview, one soundbite taken out of context. We believe that runaway headlines shouldn’t malign someone’s reputation, leaving him unemployed and ruined."
Among the chief claims of the site: Sanchez never said Jews run the media. It links to several articles that claim his now infamous rant was actually referring to "snooty white liberal elites." It made that point clear during a couple recent tweets from it's official Twitter account:
A tour around the site, friendsofricksanchez.com, shows the deposed anchor hasn't really been up to much. In the "Where's Rick?" section, his "friends" spend seven paragraphs outlining his blase endeavors since the firing.
Business Insider is unconvinced the site is the work of simply "friends," and instead suggests its the work of the former anchor himself. BI also points out that Sanchez is appearing with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach soon in order to trumpet, not surprisingly, the same exact message his "friends'" are pedaling on their site:
“My career path was changed because of a misconstrued comment, which very few actually even bothered to listen to. I have spent the last few months concentrating on my family, but instantly jumped at the opportunity for a public dialogue with my friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. I look forward to addressing any and all questions and concerns of the Jewish community.”
Sanchez has also been pushing the site on his own Twitter account:
To recap, what we have is a completely, 100% independent site supporting Rick Sanchez and trumpeting the same I've-been-taken-out-of-context message he's set to debut to a Jewish rabbi (who by the way wrote such gripping books as "Shalom in the Home" and "Kosher Sex").
(H/T: Business Insider)