CNN's Rick Sanchez who triumphantly spouted one alleged Rush Limbaugh racist quote after another first tweeted a non apology apology.
i've know rush. in person,i like him. his rhetoric,however is inexcusably divisive. he's right tho. we didn't confirm quote. our bad.
"[W]e didn't confirm the quote. our bad." This from the station that deconstructed a Saturday Night Live skit about President Barack Obama (D), pointing out the errors. CNN's bizarre allocation of resources and time clearly shows its priorities and biases no matter how much they publicly proclaim their neutrality.
Next, Sanchez went on air and finally did apologize. Newsbusters has the video. It writes:
Sanchez hinted to his error in a promo for the apology 37 minutes into the 3 pm Eastern hour: "Rush Limbaugh gets denied [his NFL bid], but when it comes to one specific point, I will tell you this: he was right and I was wrong. Sometimes you got to say you're wrong when you're wrong, right? I'll tell you exactly what I'm talking about when we come back."
After going to a commercial break, the CNN anchor came back, and after giving a summary of the controversy, read the apology, which was released earlier, almost verbatim:
SANCHEZ: Earlier this week, we provided quotes attributed to Limbaugh to illustrate why some people and players felt that he was too divisive to be a NFL owner. It was one of the stories we did earlier this week. One of these quotes, which was in a column in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and taken from a book largely about conservatives, was refuted by Limbaugh. I mentioned that to you Tuesday. We have been unable to independently confirm that quote. We should not have reported it- not have reported it- without independent confirmation, and for that I apologize. I feel it's important on this show to hold folks accountable whenever they make mistakes- that's what I try to do- and you know what? That should include myself and that should also include my team. It's important to let you know that.