Foxman: Sanchez can put controversy ‘to rest’


(JTA) — Rick Sanchez can put to rest the controversy over his remarks that implied the Jews control the media, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman said.

"I appreciate your willingness to look squarely at the incident that took place, to apologize for it, and to be willing to learn about the forms and threats of anti-Semitism," Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said in a Feb. 24 letter to the broadcaster, who was fired last year from CNN.

Foxman was responding to a Feb. 23 letter from Sanchez that expressed "a newfound understanding of the suffering that the Jewish people have endured throughout their history." The two had met the week before.

In his reply, Foxman said the Sanchez letter "should put the matter to rest. I hope that you will now be able to move on with your life and to work, as we do every day, to make this a better and more respectful world."

Sanchez’s publicist released the exchange on Tuesday.

The controversy erupted in October after Sanchez hit back at satirist Jon Stewart, who had made Sanchez a target of his "Daily Show." Sanchez, who is Cuban, told a radio host that Stewart was a bigot and implied that Stewart and other Jews control the media.

Sanchez subsequently apologized to Stewart.

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