Update: Rick Sanchez has been axed by CNN. Let's give the incoming network brass the benefit of the doubt, and say that they would have gotten rid of him anyway, simply for being inept.

Personally, I hate to see people fired for saying stupid or imprudent things — at least, if it's a weak moment, as opposed to a pattern of behavior; and if it's outside their actual workplace, as Sanchez's interview was. Frankly, a star anchor the channel was truly invested in probably would have survived these remarks, had he been willing to issue an apology.

So again, my suspicion is that Sanchez wasn't long for CNN, even if he hadn't shot his mouth off — and in doing so, shot himself in the foot. The irredeemable offense here, in other words, wasn't being anti-Semitic. It was being a moron.

Keith Olbermann traded jabs with Sanchez earlier this week and could hardly contain his relish on Friday, adding him to the MSNBC host's "Worst Persons" list.

Here's the original item:

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" has had great fun through the years documenting the stupidity of CNN's Rick Sanchez, who is a titanic parody of the empty-headed, blow-dried anchorman.

Now Sanchez might have imploded at CNN thanks to some ill-advised comments about Stewart and Jews in the media, which he made in a radio interview.

If Stewart's prodding has helped exposed Sanchez, then the "Daily Show" host has done both CNN (whose new management can't be happy about waking up to this sort of controversy) and journalism a great service.

Here are some blasts from Sanchez's past, starting with the "Getting tasered as a demonstration" classic:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen – Sanchez Taser
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

And another Sanchez-worthy "Moment of Zen."

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen – This Whole Tiger Woods Thing
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

And finally, this little snafu in reading a TelePrompTer.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen – Rick Sanchez Ad-Libs a Tease
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

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