Blasting Rick Sanchez…

The North Star Writers Group’s Lawrence J Haas has CNN’s Rick Sanchez in his sights…but can’t spell Ashleigh Banfield’s name apparently…

For the next hour, starting at 3 p.m. last Friday, Sanchez led coverage of three stories – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s defiant news conference, confirmation of Caylee Anthony’s remains in Florida and a traffic mishap in Seattle that left a bus dangerously close to falling over a busy highway.

Even more than usual for the hour Sanchez holds court, this one was loud, fast-paced, disjointed, colorful and banal – replete with on-camera commentary by CNN’s Roland Martin, Mike Brooks and Ashley Banfield and a bevy of outside “experts,” as well as on-line public participation – and it reflected much that’s increasingly wrong with America’s media.

Sanchez personifies far more than media’s descent, however. He epitomizes a cultural infantilizing that corrodes our capacity for deliberation. At just the time we need to get serious – with our economy in turmoil and our enemies taking our measure – we seem less equipped to do so.

“I want you to look at this video,” Sanchez tells us in the Blagojevich segment. “He’s going for a jog . . . do you get the sense that this guy is liking the camera attention . . . treadmills are not that expensive.”

9 Responses to “Blasting Rick Sanchez…”

  1. I can’t think of a better guy to get blasted on CNN! Oh wait. I wonder if this guy can write one up for Wolf Blitzer?

  2. Okay, I’m making a list and checking it twice.
    My suggestion for a write up is – wait for it –
    Keith Olbermann.

  3. unclearthur Says:

    Throughout the hour, CNN constantly reminds us at the bottom of our TV screens that “Rick’s on Twitter, MySpace & Facebook” (with a hip ampersand rather than a literate but staid “and”)

    You think maybe they were saving text space by using one character instead of three? No, the ampersand is ‘hip’. I am reminded of a bowtie-wearing counsellor who thinks he ‘relates’ to kids and invites them to ‘rap’.

  4. Don’t taze me bro!

  5. stevebeste Says:

    Sanchez is having a twitter rant about this piece…

    See below….

    ricksanchezcnn yeah, look at obama. say what u what about him. he adapted a new way of communicating and kicked but.he gets haters too tho 17 minutes ago from web

    ricksanchezcnn if i sat there reading prompter with scripts written 5 hours before show, they’d be delighted. how stupid? of im spout’n now. sorry. 18 minutes ago from web

    ricksanchezcnn yeap, the ratings and response is huge, and it is the future of news, has to be. but so many haters. huh? 19 minutes ago from web

    ricksanchezcnn some people are just stuck in the past. they don’t want to accept things are and need to change. 20 minutes ago from web

    ricksanchezcnn amazing, i twitter, talk to people instead of reading something written by somebody else to them, use no teleprompter. they hate it? 21 minutes ago from web

    ricksanchezcnn read above:those who don’t want news to change. 22 minutes ago from web

  6. […] Rick Sanchez is apparently having a Twitter-gasm over the Lawrence J. Haas piece… yeah, look at obama. say what u what about him. he adapted a new way of communicating and […]

  7. What’s going on with all the bashing here? Usually its those who sit on the sidelines who boo the real player in the arena. Rick Sanchez sure must be making an impact to be getting this attention from the peanut gallery. I think it would be great to be on the payroll with Rick to feed him some unknow news and to debunk the critics… So what are you posters fearful of????


  8. The dude bugs me, what can I say?

  9. This is all ridiculous. The news with Rick Sanchez is interesting and expositive, as well as interactive. Rick Sanchez actually modernizes television news in such a way that maintains its integrity yet enables viewers to exercise their freedom of speech. Learn to be adaptable! It’s a changing world, you can either embrace it or are left behind as a younger generation assumes control.

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