5. CNN & Rick Sanchez: We Report, You Deride
You've got to hand it to Time Warner's
And then came last week.
Sanchez was fired from CNN last week after an appearance on Pete Dominick's Sirius XM
When we asked our readers what they thought about Sanchez's firing, almost 8,000 people voted in our poll and left more than 325 left comments. Somewhat surprisingly, the poll revealed that almost 62% of voters felt Sanchez should not have been fired.
So let's focus on what possessed CNN to hire Sanchez in the first place. They were after an anchor with exactly the characteristics that Colbert parodies -- the kind of "journalist" who may not really "know" something, but who feels the "truthiness" of "the moment" in their "gut." CNN wanted their populist rager, their Glenn Beck, their "crazy man standing on the corner of Main Street screaming incomprehensible jibber-jabber at the passing cars." Sanchez was all of that ... and so much less!
This whole sordid affair, in other words, is far from a surprise. When media outlets like CNN engage in a race to the bottom, they should hardly be shocked to discover that the bottom is covered in muck.
TheStreet Says: Things are hardly looking better now that Sanchez has exited. CNN is now hanging its hat on former governor and interstate prostitution aficionado Eliot Spitzer. What could possibly go wrong?