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Anchor Jim Clancy Leaves CNN Following Abusive Twitter Exchange With Pro-Israel Activists

January 16, 2015 2:08 pm 79 comments

Jim Clancy resigned from CNN days after he insulted pro-Israel activists in an angry Twitter exchange. Photo: Twitter

CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network one week after a bizarre exchange with pro-Israel activists on Twitter about the terrorist outrages in Paris, in which he derided his opponents as the “hasbara team” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.

The news was broken by industry publication Adweek, which linked to The Algemeiner‘s extensive reporting of the scandal, noting that Clancy’s departure “comes just days after the veteran journalist had an extended debate via Twitter over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.”

CNN, however, made no mention of the scandal as it paid tribute to Clancy’s 34 years of service with the channel. “Jim Clancy is no longer with CNN. We thank him for more than three decades of distinguished service, and wish him nothing but the best,” a CNN spokesperson said.

In a short statement, Clancy said: “After nearly 34 years with Cable News Network, the time has come to say Farewell! It has been my honor to work alongside all of you for all of these years. This is one of the greatest news organizations in the world. It has truly revolutionized information delivery while driving technological advances in how we gather the news. Through it all, CNN has been a family to my own family. That means something. As I reflect on all of the great adventures and achievements of the past, I wish you great success in the future.”

The anchor’s departure follows yesterday’s revelation that his Twitter account had been deactivated. In his clash with pro-Israel advocates, Clancy – whose obsession with Israeli settlement policy is well-known among CNN viewers – angrily responded to one of his detractors 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.)

As his ire rose, Clancy dismissed another user by saying, “Get a grip, junior. It’s my Friday night. You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.”

Jay Ruderman, the head of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community, informed Clancy on Twitter that the word “cripple” is derogatory. The anchor’s response was to block both Ruderman’s personal account and the account of the Ruderman Foundation.

Yesterday, Ruderman told The Algemeiner that an “organization held in the esteem that CNN is held in should use this as a teaching moment.”

79 Comments

  • Twitter seems to be the place where well respected talking heads and celebs spread their wings and prove to be morons.

  • Childof Africa

    Another instance that free speech does not include any kind of criticism of Israel, or anything Jewish.

    • If he made similar comments about blacks, we’d have a riot on our hands.

    • Compare the coverage of the conflict between Israel and Gaza to the conflict in Syria. Then compare the death toll. Do you still really think this is true?

      Charlie Hebdo, for instance, published cartoons mocking Judaism as well as Islam.
      Criticism of Israel and Judaism is, and has been rampant all around the world since time immemorial.
      The question is about proportionality. There are about (at the most) 17 million Jews in the world, whereas Muslims number at 1.57 billion. There is one small Jewish country in the world, there are 49 majority Muslim-countries.

    • Free speach clearly does not include spreading lies about Jews or the Jewish state.

  • If you go back to the founder of CNN,and his position in regard to Jews and Israel, you have your answer why Jim Clancy was hired by the nerwork.

  • It’s not logic to describe act of crime and to say that all muslims are criminals . crimes happening every day in each country.And many crimes happened in the past history and nobody said nothing about .But to focus on special crimes.What’s the aim? . Islam prohibits to kill innocent people. This is not Islam. Some medias are trying to change the meaning of islam .We are all human beings . There’s no difference between jews ,christian ,muslim . God sent his messengers : moses , IBRAHIM ,Jesus, Mohammed . To make us believe in one God .To teach us to live in peace.

    • Claude Myriam

      True that not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslims.
      I don´t like insults, nobody deserve them. Specially coming from a journalist, an anchor that is supposed to give the news with neutrality to be credible.
      All CNN journalists are, with no doubt, anti Israel.

  • What happened to freedom of expression? I thought those were his views.nb Admin will not publish this post

    • Claude Myriam

      CNN is not supposed to be a satirical net. If it was it would have all the right to “Play” with the news.

  • Irwin Graulich

    Clancy should apply for a new job at al Jazeera or perhaps in Iran.

  • victoria brandeis

    i doubt that CNN would let go of a star…….CNN ,,,,, knows what is replaceable or at least someone else does.

    tell me when CNN is fired and held hostage to the masses of the world for their lies and mainly for causing death.

    Charlie , je suis is not one bit different nor are other printed words different….all words and pictures only create a map to follow and an ear to listen and eyes to see.

    CNN is ONE LARGE MAJOR SPY……CONTROLLED BY OBAMAITES……LOOK TO THE SCENE OF AMERICAN BEFORE YOU CLOSE THE BOOK ON HATRED…….

    its all to easy to toss out the spoiled and smelly raw mean…….CLANCY
    was simply disposable and no different than JOAN RIVERS.

  • “We thank him for more than three decades of distinguished service, and wish him nothing…”
    There, fixed CNN’cs

    but the best,”

  • Eliot Schickler

    Clancy is a PUNK and a homo!

  • An organization held in the esteem that CNN is held in? Like what, the Weekly World News?

  • Moderation , warning somebody on keeping safe?

  • I hope he goes to the West Bank and settles.Just don’t hitch hike at night or fall into a tunnel.

  • charlie lines

    Did anyone really notice? cnn ranks next to the bottom , right above msnbc, in television ratings for good reason.

  • I wouldn’t worry about Jim Clancy’s future. I am sure that a financially rewarding job is waiting for him with Al Jazeera.

  • Sloppy reporting here.
    “”Hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining,” is often invoked by Israel’s opponents to dismiss views with which they disagree.”

    Hasbara, as anyone who cares to ‘google’ can find out for themselves, is an Israeli propaganda organisation which particularly uses American college students to ‘troll’ any site they regard as ‘anti-Semitic’ i.e anti-zionist.

  • JEWISH BUILT FROM SCRATCH TO JEWISH BUSINESSES WORKERS ADVERTISEMENTS EVERYTHING JEWISH UNTIL JEWISH IS EQUAL TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND CULTURES.

  • Must have gotten a good offer from Al Jazirra

  • IS THE US MEDIA LOYAL TO THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR TO THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT?
    Take a wild guess!
    BOYCOTT THE TRAITORS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BOYCOTT CNN

  • Now we have to get rid of Tim Wilcox from the BBC. He has made at lease two antisemitic statements in the last few months. The BBC is institutionally anti-Israel and often verges on antisemitic.

  • Good riddance to a misinformed idiot who is unwilling to learn the truth and promote it.

  • Joy D. Brower

    Whenever I read or learn about a liberal media outlet “losing it” and then getting some well-deserved criticism, it seems that in some small way, justice has been served. The anti-Israeli/anti-Zionist bias of so many in the MSM is coming home to roost – and helping to clean out the prejudicial mire so prevalent today. But it’s a very long road to hoe.

  • A loaded gun is less dangerous than an influential journalist or politician who uses words to incite hatred and political bias. Good riddance to a brilliant journalist and a bad influence.

  • The “$64 Question” should be “Do pioneer news organizations that use poster children of positive buoyance for anchors earn pie-in-face for a reward?”

  • With his age and girth maybe it is a good time relax.

  • Good riddance John Clancy.
    You have over stayed your welcome every which way.
    Your ilk is a dime a dozen and mean spirited.
    Find a good confession box!

  • nelson marans

    Chalk up a ten for good riddance. It should have happened a long time ago. CNN has been a propaganda advocate rather than an unbiased news channel and its long term acceptance of Clancy has been an editorial and journalistic disgrace.

  • Why is it that no one in the Western media has pointed out that Netanyahu was only there because he ignored not being invited.

    • Mireille Mechoullam

      Hollande asked him no to come because he didn’t want to include the murder of the 4 Jewish people in the Kosher supermarket. Hate to say it but Mr Hollande got to be elected thanks to the Muslims and here you have the results.

    • Because that prick has all the chutzpah in the world. And, by the way, a cripple is still a cripple, look it up in the dictionary. They know it themselves.

    • Claude Myriam

      Netanyahu was there because he was solidaire with the jewish families whose loved ones were murdered by terrorists.

  • This man is so openly anti Semitic and anti Israel I’m so happy he’s left CNN

  • oh no! Jim Clancy is gone? I’m sure the 15 people who knew who he was are all very sad to be missing his valuable insights. I’m personally almost as upset as I was the day Helen Thomas died.

  • Meanwhile, what CNN reporter Jim Clancey did was much worse – he asked a traumatized French Jewish woman about the “terrible things that Israel does to the palestinians” on air. All he did was issue a weak apology via twitter. He poured gas on the fire.

  • Clancy will be sorely missed. By Hamas.

  • Very sad to hear that Jim Clancy left CNN.
    He was a very nice person and a highly professional guy.

    • He was a nice Person and a good Reporter. Sorry to see him go.We all know whom we can thank for this loss

  • Thanks Mr Clancy – you remind me that even fairly intelligent people can be cold-hearted, sadistic hate mongers. You were always “brave” behind a desk with a pen and paper, come try to live near some Palestinians… try to keep a safe life…. Europe started to get the taste of it.. you think its Israel? Jews were slaughtered in Israel by arabs 30-40-50 years before any one even thought of asking for independence of Israel.

    Clancy is obviously a bigot and a Jew hater who knows nothing about the immense suffering Jews went through for thousands of years and especially in their home land that is being stolen by terrorists who claim ownership to a land that was never theirs with the support of the Western world” who buys into their cried and lies simply because it’s jews on the other hand of the equation. The Palestinians also stole their identity and concocted the idea that Gazans and the arabs in the west bank are the same people (Gazans came from Egypt and west bank arabs came from Syria\Jordan, their last names in both cases indicate very different origins) The entire nation that they had some land or any affiliation to the name Palestine is completely false. The name Palestine was used for centuries as the name of the entire region following the extinction of the Philistines who used to live only in the southern part of the area where Gaza is now.. they were red headed blue eyed Agean sea men.. Nothing genetic connected to the dark olive skinned arabs who infiltrated the region around 1899 and after. even the UN made its first reference to the term Palestinians in association to the arabs living in israel only in 1967. Arafat (born in Egypt) tried in 1970 to take over Jordan forcefuly claiming Jordan is Palestine (Jordan sits on 83% of the region that was called Palestine). But Israel helped the king of Jordan who after words (The Jordanian Army) slaughtered 10,000 Palestinins. By the way up until today most of the Jordanian population is Palestinian, their queen is Palestinian and even Hamas the terror group from Gaza claims Jordan is Palestine (or part of it). One more thing.. The Europeans when they persecuted jews for many centuries told them or painted on their homes or synagauges throughout Europe “Go to Palestine that is your home” So after 6 million got tortured and slaughtered by Europe.. we did.. we went to Israel to join the few hews who remained there.. and then the Arabs started their propaganda of terror stating areas like Judea (the most Jewish area in the history of the region is theirs…)

  • Clancy is obviously a bigot and a vile Jew hater who knows nothing about the immense suffering Jews went through for thousands of years and especially in their home land that is being stolen by terrorists who claim ownership to a land that was never theirs with the support of the Western world” who buys into these lies simply because it’s jews on the other hand of the equation. The Palestinians also stole their identity and concocted the idea that Gazans and the arabs in the west bank are the same people (Gazans came from Egypt and west bank arabs came from Syria\Jordan, their last names in both cases indicate very different origins) The entire nation that they had some land or any affiliation to the name Palestine is completely false. The name Palestine was used for centuries as the name of the entire region following the extinction of the Philistines who used to live only in the southern part of the area where Gaza is now.. they were red headed blue eyed Agean sea men.. Nothing genetic connected to the dark olive skinned arabs who infiltrated the region around 1899 and after. even the UN made its first reference to the term Palestinians in association to the arabs living in israel only in 1967. Arafat (born in Egypt) tried in 1970 to take over Jordan forcefuly claiming Jordan is Palestine (Jordan sits on 83% of the region that was called Palestine). But Israel helped the king of Jordan who after words (The Jordanian Army) slaughtered 10,000 Palestinins. By the way up until today most of the Jordanian population is Palestinian, their queen is Palestinian and even Hamas the terror group from Gaza claims Jordan is Palestine (or part of it). One more thing.. The Europeans when they persecuted jews for many centuries told them or painted on their homes or synagauges throughout Europe “Go to Palestine that is your home” So after 6 million got tortured and slaughtered by Europe.. we did.. we went to Israel to join the few hews who remained there.. and then the Arabs started their propaganda of terror stating areas like Judea (the most Jewish area in the history of the region is theirs…) Thanks Mr Clancy – you remind me that Hitler’s agents are always at work…

  • Clancy is obviously a bigot and a vile Jew hater who knows nothing about the immense suffering Jews went through for thousands of years and especially in their home land that is being stolen by terrorists who claim ownership to a land that was never theirs with the support of the Western world” who buys into these lies simply because it’s jews on the other hand of the equation. The Palestinians also stole their identity and concocted the idea that Gazans and the arabs in the west bank are the same people (Gazans came from Egypt and west bank arabs came from Syria\Jordan, their last names in both cases indicate very different origins) The entire nation that they had some land or any affiliation to the name Palestine is completely false. The name Palestine was used for centuries as the name of the entire region following the extinction of the Philistines who used to live only in the southern part of the area where Gaza is now.. they were red headed blue eyed Agean sea men.. Nothing genetic connected to the dark olive skinned arabs who infiltrated the region around 1899 and after. even the UN made its first reference to the term Palestinians in association to the arabs living in israel only in 1967. Arafat (born in Egypt) tried in 1970 to take over Jordan forcefuly claiming Jordan is Palestine (Jordan sits on 83% of the region that was called Palestine). But Israel helped the king of Jordan who after words (The Jordanian Army) slaughtered 10,000 Palestinins. By the way up until today most of the Jordanian population is Palestinian, their queen is palestinian and even Hamas the terror group from Gaza claims Jordan is Palestine (or part of it). ne more thing.. The Europeans when they persecuted jews for many centuries told them or painted on their homes or synagauges throughout Europe “Go to Palestine that is your home” So after 6 million got tortured and slaughtered by Europe.. we did.. we went to Israel to join the few hews who remained there.. and then the Arabs started their propaganda of terror stating areas like Judea (the most Jewish area in the history of the region is theirs…) Thanks Mr Clancy.. you remind me that Hitler’s agents are always at work…

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    In time Garbage will smell no matter how perfumed. Goodbye Mr Clancy.

  • Good riddance.

  • If Clancy shows up on Al Jazeera as another Middle East “expert” don’t be surprised.

  • He is not a loss to CNN; I stopped watching him
    years ago due to his biased comments against
    Israel.

  • CNN has for some time now pursued an anti-Israel policy of reporting. It should not come as a surprise when this anti-Israel attitude is displayed by its staff.
    Jim Clancy’s outburst was no surprise. What WOULD be a surprise is to hear a CNN newsreader or anchor say something that is pro-Israel.
    Terrorism exists on the oxygen supplied by the unethical media. Instil ethics, morality and truthful reporting into the media and world terrorism will die from lack of oxygen.

  • #Send Rosie Pizza

    Oh well Jim. Try Press TV. It’s a better fit.

  • The blogger that took on Jim Clancy (and indirectly brought him down) is the excellent Elder of Ziyon. This is his original post on the subject: bit.ly/1sHC2Ln, and there are several follow-ups.

    The quality of his analysis in the blog posts and his work ethics are nothing short of amazing, as his 13,000 twitter followers can attest to. It is difficult to comprehend how a single person can be so efficient and prolific but the results are outstanding and I browse his posts regularly.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    Jim Clancy was a DISGRACE to American journalism !
    GOOD RIDDANCE !!!

  • Shalom-Hillel

    There were various tweets sent to him that day, some of which alluded to the fact that he should be seeking new employment at Al Jazeera. How prescient they were.

  • Don’t worry, Al-Jazeera will be most likely be hiring Herr Clancy for three times what he was making at CNN. In all probability they contacted him yesterday as soon as his remarks gained attention and certainly well before he resigned.

  • Good riddance, Mr. Clancy. Let’s hope you remain out of the public eye.

  • I too pointed out to him on Twitter that the terrorist event at Charlie Hebdo was not as he reported. I can only guess that it was the ad hominem that got me blocked!

    @clancycnn wow wow wow….without your earpiece telling you what to say, you're quite the dunce. It's really about 1 thing: Intolerance— ✡Israel and Stuff✡ (@IsraelandStufff) January 8, 2015

  • The blogger that took on Jim Clancy (and indirectly brought him down) is the excellent Elder of Ziyon. This is his original post on the subject: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2015/01/cnn-anchor-jim-clancy-has-bizarre.html, and there are several follow-ups.

    The quality of his analysis in the blog posts and his work ethics are nothing short of amazing, as his 13,000 twitter followers can attest. It is difficult to comprehend how a single person can be so efficient and prolific but the results are outstanding and I end up reading his posts regularly.

  • What happened to freedom of speach ?????

    Je suis Jim Clancy

    • Jim Clancy is a Reporter with integrity. Hope he goes to Alajazeera where the reporting is not dictated by Israel.

      • A new slant on the meaning of “integrity”- a hateful,latent, loony anti-semite who ultimately melts down and goes kapoof!

  • Good riddance!

  • Big loss what he was doing wouldn’t fool anyone for journalism anyway. I hope CNN reforms itself so one day I can watch news on TV again after they ruined the best thing they had going by pandering to a herd of miserable racists like this putz.

  • cdn’t have happened to a bigger hack… except ben wedeman.

  • Electronic Ali

    He can always get a job writing for the Electronic Intifada.

  • charlie johnson

    “Get a grip, junior. It’s my Friday night,” — It was his Friday night. No doubt the fleet of couch potatoes ran to the calendars to mark down just who owns Friday night. Then there is the clerk sitting at the desk at the employment agency who gets a note on the Monday block of who owns Monday. Arrogance is often followed by a big thud from out of the blue sky called reality. Ask Dan Rather .He can vouch for that.

  • Good riddance to and rubbish!

  • CNN = CIA

    The CIA and the US-DOS have been on an anti-Israel propaganda warpath for years and years and decades. This includes their sponsoring of anti-Israel “NGOs”, their media outlets and publications spewing anti-Israel lies and propaganda, their sponsored academic programs on universities/colleges promoting made-up narratives meant to de-legitimize Israel and Jewish national rights to the land of Israel, their fevered sponsoring of Jihadistanis and the cognitive warfare of the “religion of peace” everywhere around the globe, and on and on and on..

    These are fascist blood vultures. Inciting hate and war is what they’re all about. Don’t be fooled. Nothing has changed here. Expose them, boycott them, and encourage others to do the same.

  • Jeffrey E. Salzberg

    “Hasbara” does, literally, mean, “explaining,” but functionally, it means, “Damn! My anti-Israel diatribe has been refuted with actual facts!”

  • Jim Claney you are a coward par excellence.

  • CNN has long had a climate of anti-Semitic hate that breeds this type of Nazi bigotry.

    First, there was Octavia Nasr praising a Hezbollah leader.

    Then you had Frau Diana Magnay referring to Jews as “scum” during the last Gaza War.

    Now, you have Herr Clancy.

    Israel must understand that this is a Jew-hating network and should throw it out of the country, just as it should do to the BBC and a lot of Euro-Nazi media.

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