Rick Sanchez Apologizes for 'Tired' Words
Says he has no hard feelings toward CNN or Jon Stewart
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 3:57 PM CDT
This undated photo from the biography section of CNN's website shows former CNN news anchor Rick Sanchez.   (AP Photo/CNN)

(Newser) Rick Sanchez wants everyone to know that he meant no offense with his comments about Jews running the media, that he bears no ill will toward CNN or Jon Stewart, and that you can still buy his book. "On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week. I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended," he says in his first public statement since getting fired.

"I am very much opposed to hate and intolerance, in any form, and I have frequently spoken out against prejudice," he says. "Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made." Read the statement in full—it ends with a plug of his Conventional Idiocy book—at the St. Petersburg Times. The newspaper's Eric Deggans notes that Sanchez seems to follow his wife's lead in blaming his comments on fatigue.