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Did Rick Sanchez Edit His Own Wikipedia Entry to Downplay DUI Accident?

Categories: Media Watch
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Ah, it's been too long since we've had some good ol'-fashioned Rick Sanchez-brand inanity.

On a hunch -- do we know our man or what? -- we checked the revision history of the Wikipedia page for Sanchez, the former WSVN-turned-CNN anchor who is currently unemployed after calling Jon Stewart a "bigot" and implying that Jews control the media.

So this past February 7, a Wikipedia user named Rsanchez1381 changed the description of Sanchez's 1990 DUI accident, in which he struck a pedestrian outside Joe Robbie Stadium. The victim was paralyzed and died five years later. Sanchez's BAC was .15, above the legal limit.

Rsanchez1381 changed that Sanchez "struck Jeffrey Smuzinick, a pedestrian, who had just darted out of a van" to the account that Sanchez "struck Jeffrey Smuzinick, a pedestrian, who darted out in front of Sanchez's car," tacitly blaming Smuznick for the accident.

Rsanchez1381 also added that Sanchez was charged only with a "misdemeanor."

He moved the "Drunk Driving Incident" section lower in the entry. Still unsatisfied, Rsanchez1381 amplified Sanchez's historical importance a bit by changing the following passage:

His use of social networking tools to create a citizen-driven news program was recognized by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and has generated mostly positive feedback.

To this:

Sanchez was recognized as a pioneer in the marriage of social networking and mainstream media by creating a citizen-driven news program and was recognized by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and by the New York Times.

The edits were quickly erased by other users for having a "conflict of interest" and being overtly from a "point of view."

So why -- beside the obvious -- do we think Rsanchez1381 is actually Rick Sanchez himself? Well, Sanchez's personal email address is Rsanchez1381@[domain].com.

We know that because we were in frequent contact with Sanchez to write a profile about his comeback. He gave us amazing Rick-isms like this one (concerning his comments about Stewart): "Some days I wake up and I just want to find the highest mountain and scream: 'That's not me!'"

But the whole thing fell apart when his "people" -- Sanchez is now represented by Ronn Torrossian, frequent agitator for Israeli causes, which isn't heavy-handed at all -- took umbrage at our implication that Rick Sanchez himself might be the writer behind pro-comeback page Friends of Rick Sanchez.

We emailed Sanchez for a comment but have yet to hear back.

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19 comments
Ebates123
Ebates123

Love you Rick for speaking the truth.. Media start lies whic start wars.. Wake up America

Sol Epstein
Sol Epstein

Rick should have his own show. If Jewish people control the media, so what?! Why are we so sensitive?

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher

I was one of the attorneys that represented Rick after this crash. There is nothing inaccurate about the revision.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Rick Sanchez is a dirt bag that needs to go work for Fox News. hah

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

It's not a bad story. It's just kind of funny, because it's him, and not me. I'm glad I'm not famous. I wasn't trying to discredit Gus in any way. My only point is that although it very well could have been his real e-mail address, and he very well could have edited that article, so could many other people. And then there's always the 'hack-factor' (this is not a play on the O'Reilly Factor, either... I hate to invoke the devil). Someone could very easily hack my e-mail account, register a Wikipedia account with my e-mail and write a totally ridiculous and false article about me, penning it as myself. The only problem with that is that I don't have an e-mail account, and you don't know who "I" really am. I could be Rick Sanchez, or even Bill Kamal =P

Carlos F
Carlos F

Who cares? Why is this a story? There have probably been 1,000,000 edits on his page. Why shouldn't he?

This should win you the Pulitzer Gus! You are a joke dude.

Root
Root

Like it's not totally easy to just use that as your wikipedia login, if you know fully well that his e-mail address is rsanchez1381@"domain" ? also, where's the proof that it is actually his email address, on the factual side? Just playing devil's advocate here. I could easily create the e-mail address Bkamal6969@google.com and create an article in Wikipedia for Bill Kamal, vindicating him for being a pedophile and writing that Scooby Doo "and those meddling kids" framed him. Just sayin'

Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell

I'm just a gringo but doesn't Sanchez in English mean "The Asshole"? As as Rick Sanchez?

Info
Info

tranny7 news all day baby.

just say yo
just say yo

Lest we forget Rick's foray into the wonderful world of Crack rock.

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

No worries, I didn't take it as a negative comment. I just got a couple of stalkers following me from another story I did that pissed them off. They're my entourage.

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

Hmmmm, well somebody would have had to know that that is Rick's e-mail address, and made the edits with the hope that some nosy reporter would eventually see it, or I would've had to make the edits and then sit on my little secret for three months in order to write this blog post.

Either that or I am just lying that that is Rick's e-mail address. If you take my word for it that I didn't do the edits myself and am not lying about his e-mail address-- because somebody would probably out me in both cases and I would likely be fired, kind of a big risk for a blog post-- then only the first possibility makes sense, but it doesn't make much sense.

So yeah, it was Rick Sanchez.

Root
Root

So much of what's on the Internet anymore is spoofed info. My e-mail address for this post was "root@localhost.com". Obviously not a my e-mail address, to anyone who knows anything about the Internet. I could've put root@127.0.0.1 and it probably would've worked, too... stupid internetz.

Am I Bugging You?
Am I Bugging You?

GusGarciaRoberts doesn't use facts or research his stories. He just throws feces on things repeatedly which I believe is called "defamation". Just look at his last Reality Kings article in which he says that Moniker (the second largest domain registrar in the US) is distributing porn. He refuses to retract the story or respond to the dozens of comments criticizing his crappy journalism.

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