Here's the statement from CNN saying that host Rick Sanchez has been fired only hours after remarks he made in a radio interview about Jon Stewart and Jews in the media were posted online.
"Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well," CNN said in a terse statement issued at 6 p.m. Friday after eight hours of the Internet burning up with analysis of what Sanchez said in a satellite radio interview Thursday with Rick Dominick.
Here's my earlier report on what led to the firing of Sanchez, who has been showcased in recent months by CNN with extra air time during the day and in prime time.
UPDATE: Read my analysis of the ethnic and media lies told by Sanchez here.
And here again are the words that got him fired:
The network says it will broadcast "CNN Newsroom" from 3-5pm in the place of Sanchez's daily show "for the foreseeable future."
A myriad of questions remain: Who was Sanchez's champion in CNN management, and how could they not know what an angry, ignorant and misguided man he was The prejudice revealed in this one radio interview is astounding.
Really, what's going onat CNN? Did Jon Klein, who was fired last week, just lose control of the operation? Or, were the folks who are running it now making the calls -- calls like showcasing Sanchez and hiring Eliot Spitzer who debuts Monday as a prime-time show host on CNN. Talk about a perception of disarray.