Things didn't work out for him very well at MSNBC, and his Miami talk show got beaten in the ratings by Japanese monster cartoons. But Rick Sanchez is quietly becoming an important presence at CNN. On Sunday night, he even went one-on-one with resident immigration ranter Lou Dobbs on CNN Newsroom With Rick Sanchez. If you didn't see it, you missed some good television. Without throwing any shoes at each other Dobbs and Sanchez really squared off. Sanchez started things off by saying, politely but steelily, that Dobbs' immigration rants have an ethnic edge to them. "I feel sometimes like I'm not valued after I watch one of your newscasts," he said.
"When Hispanics define themselves in terms of illegal immigration, which is what I hear you doing," Dobbs replied, "that's troubling."
"I'll tell you how I'm defining myself," Sanchez retorted. "I'm defining myself as the son of Paco and Adella, who came to this country as refugees, who came to this country as immigrants and to this day don't speak a lick of English but their son does. And you know why they don't speak a lick of English, because they worked three, four different jobs, they worked until 9, 10:00 at night just to be able to get home and they used to say to us, 'It's too late for us to make it in this country but we're going to be darned well sure you guys get a good education me and my brothers, and you do make it somehow, and you will speak English.'"
There was a good deal more, and I'll see if I can get a video link from CNN. I think we'll be hearing more from Sanchez.