A month ago, Rick Sanchez offered to give five of his Twitter followers a copy of his book “Conventional Idiocy: Why the New America is Sick of Old Politics.” To win, one had to be the first to reply to Rick’s NewsFeed handle (@RickTVnet) with the correct answer to a current events trivia question. Rick’s questions ranged from, “How many of the 50 U.S. states are actually designated as ‘commonwealths'” to “What is Muammar Gaddafi’s military rank and what year did he assume control of Libya?” Of course, to be first, the keys were to see the question almost immediately after it was posted, and to reply with the correct answer quickly (no time to Google!). Fortunately, yours truly knows his current events AND has quick fingers, and was the first to correctly answer Rick’s question of, “Who came in 2nd place in CPAC’s 2011 straw poll?” (No, I didn’t answer “that Mormon guy.”)
True to his word, Rick graciously sent my winnings, and was even kind enough to provide an endorsement for The Bright Coast’s fabulous Twitter feed (see below)! If you recall, I recently commented on the events surrounding Rick’s firing from CNN and discussed my opposition to some of the language used on the Friends of Rick Sanchez site. Friends made Rick seem like the victim in the matter and deflected others’ legitimate criticism of his colorful comments. Fortunately, Rick himself didn’t act like a victim, but instead reached out to those he may have offended by his remarks about Jewish people. He took full responsibility and has spent the last several months reflecting and learning from his mistakes. In a recent piece by Mediaite discussing the recent “redemption” from his his harshest critic, Rick states:
I tell my children that when they make a mistake, they should take responsibility, atone and work to repair whatever they have done. For the past several months, I have followed that same advice and tried to be an example for them. I cannot take back what I said. I cannot undo the offense or controversy I caused; all I can do is to try and learn from this experience and strive to become a better person.
It seems to me that Rick Sanchez has done all the right things since the day he said the wrong things. I hope he’ll continue to connect with his followers via social media and that we’ll see him on the air again, soon. Perhaps he’ll write another book in the near future, but in the meantime, I recommend reading his first, with or without a personalized autograph!