EDITOR’S NOTE (Oct. 1, 2010): CNN’s Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network for calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and suggesting that “everybody who runs CNN” is Jewish. Below is a story involving Rick from March 19, 2009.
Democratic though it may be, social media can still breed petty jealousies.
Case in point: John Roberts, who gives fellow CNN newsman Rick Sanchez a good ribbing this week.
Interviewed on Morning Media Menu, John and his American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry discuss their show’s newly-launched Facebook and Twitter applications with host Steve Krakauer.
“How many people are calling us now in ‘amFIX’ on Twitter?” Kiran asks John.
“I think we had about 100 when we started off on Monday. We’ve got 600 now. I mean, we’re not up to Rick Sanchez’s 65,000 yet. But we’re increasing exponentially.”
Later in the chat, Steve, who’s podcasting from American Morning‘s Manhattan set, returns to the topic of the CNN Newsroom anchor.
“You talk about Rick Sanchez as sort of the standard-bearer of Twitter,” he says. “But what about—”
That’s when John whips out this zinger:
“He is the chief twit—ter here.”
After a hearty laugh, Kiran—who, like John, begins her workday at 3 a.m.—jumps to her co-anchor’s defense.
“He got up this early,” she tells Steve. “He can say that!”
Will Rick respond? Stay tuned.
Click here to hear John Roberts and Kiran Chetry’s full March 17, 2009 interview.
Click here to hear Rick Sanchez’s full Feb. 10, 2009 interview.