Stewart fires back at Sanchez

(JTA) — "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart jabbed back at fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.

Sanchez was fired Oct. 1, a day after he suggested that Jews run the news business and called Stewart, who is Jewish, a bigot.

During Saturday’s taping of a Comedy Central benefit to raise money to educate autistic children, Stewart urged those feeling guilty about their actions to donate.

"If you dented a car, $50. If you cheated on something to get ahead, $500," said Stewart, who was hosting "Night of Too Many Stars," according to reports. "And if you went on radio and said Jews run the media, in that case you better hold onto your money."

Stewart took another shot at Sanchez during the benefit, which will air Oct. 21 as part of a live telethon, saying that "All he has to do is apologize to us, and we’ll hire him back."

Sanchez, a native of Cuba, alleged during a freewheeling exchange with Pete Dominick, a Latino stand-up comedian and radio show host, that Stewart singled him out as the butt of many jokes because of white bigotry.

Dominick pushed back, saying that Stewart, because he is Jewish, is himself a member of a minority.

"I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah," he said.

 

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