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January 8, 2015 5:55 pm
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CNN Anchor Jim Clancy Derides Pro-Israel Opponents, Insults Disabled, in Angry Twitter Exchange

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CNN anchor Jim Clancy attacked pro-Israel advocates on Twitter in an angry exchange over the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Photo: Facebook

Veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has become embroiled in a row with pro-Israel activists on social media, following an angry Twitter exchange in the wake of the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which the presenter derided his opponents as the “hasbara team” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.

As media watchdog Honest Reporting noted, the exchange began with Clancy issuing a bizarre defense of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed published by a Danish newspaper in 2005 and by Charlie Hebdo in 2011, which led to violent protests in both western capitals and throughout the Islamic world. “The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention,” Clancy wrote.

When Oren Kessler of the Washington, DC-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) responded that Clancy’s claim was “absolutely untrue,” because Charlie Hebdo had been previously targeted for publishing an issue in which the Prophet Muhammed was listed as a “guest editor,” Clancy – whose obsession with Israeli settlement policy is well-known among CNN viewers – responded with the word, “Hasbara?”  (“Hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining,” is often invoked by Israel’s opponents to dismiss views with which they disagree, even when, as in this case, the matter at hand has nothing to do with Israel.)

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As other Twitter users joined the fray, Clancy went on to accuse both the pro-Israel blog Elder of Ziyon and the openly anti-Semitic “Jews Making News” Twitter feed of being part of an anti-Muslim and pro-Israel PR campaign. As Honest Reporting pointed out, “what does it say about Clancy’s state of mind that he cannot distinguish between a genuine pro-Israel blog site and another that expressly promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories?”

When another Twitter user told Clancy that no pro-Israel voices had articulated the positions he was erroneously  ascribing to them, the anchor launched into a tirade. “Get a grip, junior. It’s my Friday night,” he replied. “You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.”

While it is unclear what Clancy’s last sentence was intended to mean, his use of the word “cripple” in insulting fashion didn’t escape the notice of disability rights advocates. Jay Ruderman, the head of the Ruderman Family Foundation, an organization closely involved with disability issues, tweeted: “Cripple is derogatory term @clancycnn: ‘You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.'”

Requests to CNN’s media team for comment were unanswered by press time.

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  • barbara steinberg

    I think it has become way too fashionable to be anti-Israel. What is inexcusable is Jim Clancy losing control of his emotions on social media. He acted like a 5th grader and should be fired.

  • naspro

    Hey Journalists .No matter you are famous America will fire you if you criticize Israel.so do tell me I didn’t warn u. pathetic American media makers.

  • I like Clancy, it’s sad he let the happenings get the better side of him. I wish him goodluck

  • David LeBlanc

    Hey, Clancy is/was a nutjob dhimmi. Who knew? Now, who cares? Bet he winds up at MSNBC. He’s a perfect fit, there.

  • lorenzo

    Yeah Jon the Hasbara team as usual is protecting their own because the world has proven for over 200 years that no one else will protect them. THat makes us bad in your eyes right? — Je Suis Juif

  • Wakeup Media

    All Muslims believe that in the end of days they will take over the world and the infidels will either convert or be killed; the extremists are different only because they are hastening the end of days.

    • GOCART MOZART

      Don’t you mean Evangelical Christians?

  • z

    CNN = CIA = Lies

    I would encourage everyone to boycott CNN, as well as all the other alphabet soup propaganda outlets. They are all subsidiaries of the Vatican/CIA fascist bankster mafia. The only way to affect change is to stop supporting them. Just tune them off.

    • charlie johnson

      CNN is a code for their targeted audience = Crazy -Nuts-Numbskulls

  • charlie johnson

    You could consider the facts Is this big corporation in the business to report information? Or is it in business to make money?

  • Jonah

    Greetings to the people of France from America. You have nothing to fear! According to the liberal press and our present administration Islam is a religion of peace. This is a time for France to rejoice as the Islamic purging of your country will set the stage for your entering the Muslim millinial nirvana of peace.

  • Paul Berman

    These Muslim extremists and their supporters know that they can’t blame their own people so, as usual, they blame the Jews. Clancy and CNN are blatantly anti-Israel. Pathetic

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    For the record, there’s really only two groups of people who are familiar with the term hasbara: those who use it and those who hate Jews. Which is Jim Clancy I wonder.

    • Jon R.

      Who are “those who use it?”

      • Ricky

        “Those who use it” = Hebrew speakers.

    • Dick Stanley

      Hasbara is obviously Clancy’s personal code word that hits the target without alerting the ignorant to what he’s actually saying.

      No wonder CNN is dead last in the ratings. Or is it MSNBC? They trade places all the time.

  • kris kristian

    Clancy. please visit ISIS. They may take a liking to your head, and display it on a spike.
    You are typical of the Irish Catholics

  • kRIS kRISTIAN

    The pro Israel world, as well as those who support honesty, should demand that CNN fires that SPREADER OF HATRED.

    He has caused more damage to CNN than any other person could for all those who support Israel and are against swines like Clancy, should tell CNN TO WATCH THEIR RATINGS DROP TREMENDOUSLY.
    BUT WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM AN IRISH CATHOLIC?

    clancy go to hell. visit ISIS. They will know how to treat scum like you.

    I would love to see your head on a spike.

  • No one watches CNN any more. They’re done.

  • DocReality

    The fact that he’s affiliated w/CNN tells me everything. What a putz.

  • Dan Toren

    Looking at that picture above that is of Clancy..He’s not exactly picture perfect,far from it…..If anything he would have to be that cripple on the edge of the herd…..

  • seems to me, the hasbara team Was picking on a mentally cripple on the edge of the herd

  • Jon R.

    I’m sure Clancy is right. The Hasbara team is always conniving at some nefarious aim.

    I can see the whole Hasbara pack of hounds is out to get Clancy now.

    Disgusting!

    • z

      Editor(s),
      Can we please get this inane troll “Jon R.” out of here?

  • Eric R.

    Israel should simply tell CNN that they either fire Clancy, or that they are thrown out of Israel.

    Stop playing games. CNN already hates Israel and the Jews. It is time to kick them out.

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