Rick Sanchez, Juan Williams… & Zahi Hawass

Something isn’t quite right here…

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Rick Sanchez

Pete Dominick (host): [Jon] Stewart’s a minority as much as you are. He’s Jewish.

Rick Sanchez: Yeah. Yeah. Very powerless people. Please. What are you, kidding?

Dominick: You’re telling me that….

Sanchez: 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.   (source: The Guardian)

Rick Sanchez was recently fired by CNN.

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Juan Williams

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“If I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”  (source: TIME)

Juan Williams was recently fired by NPR.

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Dr. Zahi Hawass

“It seems that the idea of killing children, old people, and women and ignoring taboos runs in the blood of the Palestinian Jews…. When we talk about their ideology, we do not mean their religion itself, to which they also do harm. They falsify it and put in it all their poisons, which are against all humanity.
(source:
drhawass.com. As of post time, Dr. Hawass’s web site is either not working or has been taken down. We’ve saved a cached version of his blog post here. … UPDATE 22 October 2010, 11:50pm: The site drhawass.com is back up. The blog post is here; in case of more technical difficulties, we’ve posted a screen shot here.)

“For 18 centuries, [the Jews] were dispersed throughout the world. They went to America and took control of its economy. They have a plan. Although they are few in number, they control the entire world.”  (source: MEMRI)

Zahi Hawass, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, was recently appointed to be an adviser to National Geographic’s new Arabic edition.
(source: The Straits Times)

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UPDATE
23 October 2010, 12:10am

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UPDATE
23 October 2010, 4:25pm

An email submitted via Dr. Hawass’s web site:

Subject: Rick Sanchez, Juan Williams & You

Dear Dr. Hawass,

My name is Alan Mairson, and I’m a former staff writer & editor at National Geographic magazine. I’m also the founder of Society Matters, an online project devoted to the National Geographic Society.

On Thursday, I posted an item titled “Rick Sanchez, Juan Williams… & Zahi Hawass.” You can see it here: http://ow.ly/2Y7Y9

This item has generated a huge spike in traffic at our site, and I want to be sure to continue to provide as much context & commentary as possible for our readers. If you have any thoughts or comments to share about your quotes, or if you would like to add any details, I would be delighted to post them at www.societymatters.org. Or you can visit the site & share your comments directly.

Thanks in advance for whatever feedback you can provide.

All the best,
Alan Mairson

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photo credits:
≡  Rick Sanchez via the Dallas Observer
≡  Juan Williams via MIT
≡  Zahi Hawass via touregypt.net

  • Marc Gunther

    Alan, you make a great argument here. I do hope that the National Geographic Society takes this issue seriously.

    • From your lips to John Fahey’s ears. I hope he decides this is an issue worth addressing.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marc. And for the Like.

      See you soon…

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