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Rick and Jon

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez - the one my grandma looked forward to saying, "La foto del diiiia!" every afternoon - has been fired from CNN.

Because he said what he thought.

I thought both Rick Sanchez and Jon Stewart worked for...news networks. And that the idea of the news is a search for the truth. Rick's truth is that the sense of persecution so central to Jewish American identity is no longer relevant, as Jews hold enormous (and hard-earned!) influence over the media, academia, and finance. His truth is that the power dichotomy in America is no longer about WASP or Jew, crucifix or dreidel; it's about white vs. brown. This truth holds that you're not only not going to get into the country club, but you might get pulled over, you might be asked if you're American even if you're born here, and you might even be a victim of a hate crime. And not because your last name is Polish as opposed to British; because your skin is brown.

Jon's truth is different. And that's fine. This isn't just about "speaking truth to power"; it's about multiple truths.

Isn't journalism supposed to want all sides of a story? Isn't it supposed to not just tolerate, but welcome, dissent?

On Pundits...and Pico Rivera

The pundit (reporter) Soledad O'Brien aired her second series exploring one part her tri-ethnic heritage. The Afro-Cuban-Irish media maverick's "Latino in America" aired nationally October 21st and 22nd.

I went to an advanced screening of CNN's "Latino in America" at the Newseum, and was asked some questions by a local DC blogger on the way out. Who knew he would use what I said and put it on YouTube?? And that 4,000 people have watched it by now?

(I can't decide if that's hilarious or weird.)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZoGg6adjvs&w=560&h=315] I then wrote a full review of the documentary, from a mixed Irish-Nicaraguan perspective. I talk a lot about Pico Rivera, cuz she mentioned it. So then I mentioned it. So I can be a pundit (reporter), like her.