Rick Sanchez, CNN, and the puppy video
A few days ago I had CNN on as I was sitting down to dinner. As it happens, Rick Sanchez is on here (Denver) during the 6-7 pm dinner hour. To close out his hour, he ran a video that had gone viral on YouTube. He ran it with no warning about the contents, and it turned out to be a video of a woman in a red sweatshirt very deliberately taking puppies one at a time from a bucket and heaving them into a river to drown. One of them whimpered loudly enough to wake my dog and draw her straight to the TV. I was so upset I almost lost my dinner, but instead burst into tears. A few minutes later I fired off a very angry letter to Sanchez.
Whoever made the decison to air the video, CNN producers or Sanchez, it was in horrible taste. Not that one can often give cable news credit for having good taste. Whoever decided Sanchez was the one to inherit Campbell Brown’s time slot is as big an idiot as Sanchez.
The man is a buffoon. He’s the kind of reporter who thought it would be a cool to have himself filmed while he was being tasered. He’s working hard to become the kind of “reporter” Geraldo Rivera is, whether he realizes it or not. He’s the kind who will stand out in hurricane winds while telling us all not to stand out in hurricane winds. And he’s the kind of reporter who, when he got his own afternoon show on CNN, decided it would be cool to build it around tweets from viewers. Seriously. As if the comments of average Twitter users constitute a national news program.
There is some justice though. I heard this evening on a local news channel that the puppy video was shot in Bosnia and that Bosnian authorities have identified the woman. I hope she’s arrested soon and charged with animal cruelty or worse.
It’s just a damn shame they can’t charge Sanchez and CNN with viewer cruelty.