The Jon Stewart Jokes That Drove Rick Sanchez Overboard

The CNN anchor lashed out at the comedian on the radio, calling him "prejudicial"

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Over the years, comedian Jon Stewart has had a lot of laughs at the expense of CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. Today we found out the toll those punchlines were taking. In a candid radio interview with Pete Dominick, Sanchez lashed out at Stewart calling him a "bigot" who's "upset that someone of my ilk" is a successful broadcaster. Sanchez, a Cuban-American, said Stewart caters to "left wing" elites and exhibits a mentality that is endemic in the media. Dominick, who worked with Stewart at The Daily Show, pushed back:

Dominick: How is he a bigot?

Sanchez: I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.

Dominick: What group is he bigoted towards?

Sanchez: Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?

After going back and forth with Dominick, Sanchez retracted the bigot label saying Stewart is merely "prejudicial" and "uninformed." When Dominick raised the point that Stewart likely sympathizes with minorities because he's Jewish, Sanchez laughed:

Please, what are you kidding? I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.

Sanchez's comments have invited a wave of criticism in the blogosphere. Politico's Ben Smith said Sanchez is "seething with class and ethnic resentment" while the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen called him "offensive and idiotic." So what triggered Sanchez's comments? We sorted through the trove of Daily Show video clips to find Stewart's most direct barbs:

Moment begins at 7:15 mark:

Original radio audio:

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