Simon Wiesenthal Center Reaction To Rick Sanchez’s Firing By CNN

“Rick Sanchez is an experienced and earnest TV journalist and anchor. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is deeply disturbed by his embrace and expression of stereotypes about Jews that are harmful to our community and which led to his firing from CNN,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“As he prepares for his next journalistic position, we urge Mr. Sanchez to take a tour of New York’s Jewish poor with an expert like William Rapfogel, of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Even before the current economic woes, statistics indicated that more than a quarter of Jewish New Yorkers live close to the poverty line. In 2010, Jewish poor are an increasing part of our community’s challenges from Miami to Chicago to Los Angeles.”

“Mr. Sanchez’s personal story of struggle and success resonated among Jews whose parents and grandparents came to America with little more than a dream of a better life. It’s a shame that fact has been lost on him,” Cooper concluded.

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