Washington Babylon — March 2, 2010, 9:58 am

Disaster Porn: A geography lesson from Rick Sanchez

On the Daily Show last night (video below), Jon Stewart highlighted Rick Sanchez’s coverage of the earthquake in Chile, saying that the CNN newsman reminded him of “a guy at a party who’s doing a lot of coke and traps you in a corner and explains really intensely how an ant is the strongest animal on earth.”

Highlight: Sanchez identifies Hawaii as a small dot off the northwestern coast of South America, about 4,500 miles from the actual location of the Hawaiian Islands. Congratulations, Mr. Sanchez–you’ve found the Galapagos Islands!

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