Ed Koch Commentary: On the Firing of Rick Sanchez by CNN By Edward I. Koch

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Koch_EdwardIrving-standing Rick Sanchez was fired by CNN last week.  The October 2nd New York Times reported that Sanchez was terminated, “…a day after telling a radio interviewer that Jon Stewart was a bigot and that ‘everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart.’  The latter comment was made shortly after Mr. Stewart’s faith, Judaism, was invoked.”

The Times also reported that during the interview Sanchez “repeatedly suggested that he had experienced subtle forms of discrimination in his television career,” alleging “a lot of elite Northeast establishment liberals viewed him as someone who belongs in the second tier and not the top tier.”  The conversation became sharper when, as The Times reported, “One of the co-hosts of the radio show brought up the fact that Mr. Stewart was a Jew, saying to Mr. Sanchez that he was a minority, ‘as much as you are.’  Sanchez responded ‘Yeah, yeah, very powerless people.’  He let out a high-pitched laugh, and stated, ‘Everybody that 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.”

According to the Times, “Under the channel’s former president, Jonathan Klein, he [Sanchez] was rewarded with more air time, most recently a two-hour block in the afternoons.”  The Times went on, “Mr. Klein was fired last week.”  I will add, by another one of those Jews to whom Mr. Sanchez was alluding.
Why do I mention all this?  Because some time ago Mr. Sanchez invited me to appear on his program.  The major question he asked me was whether Jews have a dual loyalty, to Israel and the U.S.?  The question was not intended as friendly.  I answered it the same way that I had answered the same question by a group of Christian Congressmen at a prayer breakfast when I was a member of Congress.  I told them, you never ask that question of Italian, German or Polish-Americans (I should have also included Cuban-Americans) who treasure their ancestry, traditions and the countries from which their ancestors came; you only ask it of Jews.  Let me tell you why the security of Israel means so much to many Jews.  We know that when Hitler offered in the 30s to allow the Jews to leave Germany, if any country would take them, few countries agreed to accept the Jews and then only in small numbers.  Indeed, in 1939 the U.S. under F.D.R. turned away the 900 or so Jews on the SS St. Louis who had earlier been turned away by Cuba (from which country Mr. Sanchez hails; he was not born at the time).  F.D.R. refused to allow them to land in the U.S., and even sent a Coast Guard cutter to make sure no one jumped overboard and tried to swim ashore.  So the Jews were sent back to Europe, where the majority perished in concentration camps.  If Israel had existed then, it would have taken in every single Jewish refugee, no matter how sick or old or incapacitated or poor.  Then I said to my fellow Congress members, raising my right hand, and this is literal, “I swear to you, if Israel ever invades the U.S., I shall stand with the U.S.”  My fellow members of Congress applauded.
Now with regard to special treatment for minorities, I oppose and have always opposed programs that provided for race, ethnicity or religion-based solutions, e.g., quotas or set-asides.  I have and continue to oppose such solutions to end discrimination.  Jews have never been eligible for such set-asides or quota programs.  Indeed, when quotas were used, e.g., at colleges and universities, it was to limit their presence. Ridiculously, Sephardic Jews who have Spanish names were eligible for federal set-asides, not as Jews, but as Hispanics, like Mr. Sanchez, who is Cuban.  That violates the equal protection clause of our Constitution, and I did not permit racial, ethnic or religious quota programs to be established in my administration.  I did provide set-asides for the construction industry and for vendors who had limited capital that qualified them as small businesses, irrespective of who owned them.  There were many who disagreed with my philosophy and brickbats were often thrown my way; the nicest being that I was insensitive; the worst that I was racist.
I was delighted in 2007 when Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a decision: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”  I thought to myself, the Supreme Court has finally come my way.  I was pleased when Rev. Al Sharpton, once an adversary and now a friend, whom I work with on different matters of common concern, was quoted as saying about jobs and employment in the current recession, “We’re not looking for a race-based program.  We’re looking to make sure everyone is involved.”
In 1978, my first year as Mayor, Rev. Sharpton demanded I give all the federal summer jobs to minorities, which I refused to do.  That caused him to block access to my office and caused me to have him arrested.
I hope that Mr. Sanchez gets another job soon, and that he is selected because of his talent and not because he is Hispanic.  Cuban-Americans should continue to be intensely involved in the affairs of Cuba.  That does not convey dual loyalty on their part.  It conveys their intense identification with the land of their ancestors and their traditions which is part of what America, the land of immigrants, is all about.
CNN was right in its decision.  Sanchez displayed prejudice in his remarks.

The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served New York City as its 105th Mayor from 1978  to  1989. His e-mail address is: eikoch@bryancave.com.

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  1. its too bad that some people still detest jews as
    a group…they are only 2% of the american population
    most arrived here subsequent to ww II although my
    family and others have been here for over 100 years
    Jews as a group value education music and creativity
    its probably why they gravitate to hollywood..in
    disproportionate numbers…and why they are in the professions in dispropotionate numbers…they go
    to school and insist their children go to college
    they are not part of the dumbing down of the american
    experience and although many of them are liberal lots
    are simply middle of the road voters…the invective
    that we see here of course is the result of jealosy by
    those who are failures..rather than confronting their
    own shortcoming they would rather blame the jews..easy
    to do…and historically something that many other cultures have done to their detriment..see spain after
    the jews were ejected…However most gentiles are not
    in the category of the anonymous posters above..they
    support Israel many more feverently than a lot of
    liberal jews who believe that the settlements are out
    of line..and many who recognize that although jews
    are prominent in the media they certainly do not
    control it…by any stretch of the imagination…
    they do however have a big part in hollywood which
    is the fun part..

  2. I notice Andre – as is typical of his ilke – do not deal at all with any of the demonstrable issues above. No tinfoil hats here, darlin, just people sick of the zios running roughshod on this onece-thriving Nation, which has been reduced to a mere Muslim killing pitbull for israel. Peter

  3. Mr. Koch tries to draw analagous parallels between Jewish support for Israel and the support Ethnic Gentile Americans might show for the Countries of their origin, which fails on all fronts. Here’s why: The various Jewish/Israeli Lobbies are extremely powerful, rich well organized and pressure Congress – succesfully – to give more and more money, weapons, prefferential treatment and UN Security Council vetoes in favor of Israel, which hurt America in many ways,..financially, militarily and it’s image abraod as we are perceived to be Israels lacky, and indeed are. Does the Italian Lobby, if there is one try to get more money and weapons for Rome? No. Does the Irish Lobby – if there is one – try to influence Congrees to enhance Dublin? No. Are the Poles gathering in quiet enclaves, pooling their money to influence Congress at out expense to advantage Warsaw? No. I could go on. None of these Countries are expansionist, agressive nor attacking their neighbors constantly, nor are they hyper “Ethnocentric”, like the Israilis. Having looked into these matters quite seriously, I’d have to say Rick Sanchez was right in asking Ed Koch about his loyalty. I’d like to ask Chuck Schumer that very question, though i already know the answer. If i can infer anything from Mr. Koch it is that many, if not most Jews will and are doing everything they can to support Israel for their own personal reasons irregardless of the ill-effects on this dying Country called America, which has been so good for and to the Jews. As such, they all should be asked about their allegiance and loyalty. Our Polly-ti-shoons are so frightened of the Jewish Lobby that they cannot vote their conscience for fear of retaliation from the ubiquitous, Jewish Lobby leading to the condition, known by those who had priviledge to peek behind the curtain, called Z.O.G (Zionist Occupied Government). 9/11 Truth will unravel all this. See ReDiscover9/11.com. Peter

  4. Ed Koch the zionist Jew would have something to say about Rick Sanchez and his truthful statements. Koch is a rabid zionist, who foments hate of all muslims! This nut is as crazy as the tea bagger evangelical lunatics who believe Armageddon will come in their lifetime. Today, UFO’s helped stopped a plane crash in China, perhaps they should hover over Palestine and drive the zionists back over the pre 1967 borders.

  5. Media control is essential for Zionists to maintain their grip on power and enforce their versions of reality which promote the Zionist conquest of the earth.
    Using RICO (racketeering) statutes, media moguls assets should be seized and their media conglomerates broken up as a beginning of restoring truth and ethics to news outlets.
    Many see that new investigations into 9-11 are the Achilles heel of the Zionist media controllers and that the revelations of Israeli (Mossad) involvement in orchestrating 9-11 followed by mass media blackout of information about 9-11 will create such animus to be redirected from demonization of Islamics to an appropriate demonization of criminal Zionists.
    When enough people awaken to who really did 9-11, things will happen quickly.
    Zionists Jews not only dominate the media, they sit in key positions to control the 9-11 investigations, the Courts, and the Congress. The canard that Obama is Muslim is belied by his staff appointments, the members of his cabinet and his looking away from Israeli atrocities.
    There is a very tangled web to unravel–and Ahmadinejad’s call for new investigations of 9-11 is just one of many reminders of the demand for 9-11 truth that has been blacked out and criticized by media now for nine years.
    Zionist-dominated mass media is criminally complicit in many crimes–including the crimes of 9-11.

  6. What happened to Oliver Stone is a good case study. The Wall Street Journal reported this past summer that Stone said that “public opinion was focused on the Holocaust because of ‘Jewish domination of the media.’” Stone also said that the Jews “stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f—– up United States foreign policy for years.”
    Like so many others before him, Stone groveled: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry.”
    How Jewish is Hollywood? That’s the question Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein asked two years ago just before Christmas. In answer, he wrote:
    “When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.”
    Needless to say, Stein was not fired for writing this, nor was he rebuked in the least. As we have seen time and again, there is a glaring double standard about alluding to Jewish power in the media. Jews are free to reference it, but woe unto the non-Jew who wades into those shark-infested waters.
    Joe Sobran who died this past week had this to say about Jewish media power:
    “Jewish control of the major media in the media age makes the enforced silence both paradoxical and paralyzing. Survival in public life requires that you know all about it, but never refer to it. A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victimhood, they’ll destroy you. It’s a phenomenal display not of wickedness, really, but of fierce ethnocentrism, a sort of furtive racial superpatriotism.”
    In 1996, reprinted in the May 27th issue of the New York Times, by Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist describing his feelings on the killings of a hundred civilians in a military skirmish in southern Lebanon. Shavit wrote, “We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own.”

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