Too bad Rush never said it, or anything remotely close. Well, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, even if the story is false and is aimed a private citizen his right to make private investments. Sanchez did give a half-hearted confession a few days later - "We have been unable to independently confirm that quote", which leads me to believe that Sanchez hopes that one day, he will...
But let's talk about Sanchez, and a true story that has gone unreported during his rise to cable news fame. Apparently, Sanchez - in a drunken stupor - ran over a man (also a bit tipsy) outside of a Dolphins game while working as a Miami news anchor, then fled the scene. This report from 1991, The Forgotten Man, details the pain of the victim who was left to suffer while Sanchez wiggles his way out of prosecution:
Minutes after midnight on the morning of December 10, 1990, an intoxicated Smuzinick darted out in front of a Volvo on a residential street near Joe Robbie Stadium. The driver of the car, WSVN-TV Channel 7 anchorman Rick Sanchez, became the subject of a subsequent January 16 New Times story that described the odd circumstances of the accident. Sanchez, whom a Metro-Dade police officer said "smelled strongly of alcohol," first stopped his car but then later left the scene. A blood test to determine Sanchez's sobriety was not administered until an hour and fifteen minutes after the collision. Though Sanchez says he tried to aid Smuzinick at the scene of the accident and flag down motorists, eyewitnesses claim the anchorman ignored the injured man and loudly told police and bystanders that blood tests were pointless, and would hurt his public image.
Best known for his stint as a sometimes-melodramatic correspondent on Channel 7's "Crime Check," Sanchez continues his work on the station's evening and late newscasts while awaiting a September 13 court date on misdemeanor drunk-driving charges. Though the results of one test show the newsman's blood-alcohol level was .15 -slightly over the legal .10 limit - the test was performed after Sanchez left the scene of the accident. In January Sanchez told New Times he had consumed no alcohol the night of the accident. His attorney, Richard Essen, now says the anchorman returned home and had "a couple of drinks to calm his nerves" before returning to the scene.
Meanwhile, after two months in a coma, Smuzinick has regained consciousness and is making slow improvement. His right side remains largely paralyzed due to massive brain damage, but he can move his left arm and leg and sometimes hold his head upright. Using hand signals, he can answer yes or no to simple questions. Doctors last Friday removed a feeding tube from his trachea, and Smuzinick can now eat liquid foods.
Sanchez - wealthy, compassionate liberal that he is - never offered to help Smuzinick, or even went to visit him while he struggled through his long and painful rehabilitation. But Sanchez can rest easy now, because dead men tell no tales:
Jeffrey Smuzinick, who was left paralyzed after being struck by the car of Channel 7 anchor Rick Sanchez, died Monday in a Pennsylvania nursing home. He was 36.
Sanchez - a cold-hearted drunk, liar, and overall miserable, frugal bastard - gets off the hook, Ted Kennedy-style, by using the legal system to outmaneuver his poorer victim. And as we can see by the Rush Limbaugh episode, this incident has made not a dent in his foul persona - he will still tell any lie, as loudly and publicly as possible, in order to further his own ends, be it a personal agenda or a political one. All while playing the compassionate liberal card, of course, in order to make him immune from the criticism of his peers.
So they next time Sanchez opens his mouth, remember that he's a killer, and like most of his ilk, he's most likely lying. And the next time you see a liberal talking head on TV accusing a conservative of some heinous crime with scant evidence, take a moment to wonder what dark secret they might be hiding....