Having worked for CNN for 34 years, veteran anchor Jim Clancy resigned suddenly from his position, following a heated Twitter debate which exposed him as an anti-Semite.
The Twitter row started around a week ago, when Clancy claimed that people who disagree with him regarding Mohammed cartoons are “agents for Israel.”
In Clancy’s official statement announcing his abrupt exit from CNN, he wrote the following statement.
“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.”
Regarding the pictures of Mohammed, Jim Clancy went ahead and tweeted, “The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention.”
Following that statement, Oren Kessler of the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies got involved, tweeting that Clancy’s statement was totally untrue, due to the fact that Charlie Hebdo had been previously targeted for publishing an issue in which the prophet Mohammed was listed as a “guest editor.”
Clancy hit back by suggesting that Kessler was an Israeli propaganda agent, to which Kessler responded, “Huh? What on Earth are you talking about? I call you out on your unfamiliarity with the facts, and that’s your response? Extraordinary. You might want to actually look at the cartoons before tweeting about them. I have a collection.”
To that Clancy retorted, “This is great, a pro-Israel voice try [sic] to convince us that cartoonists were really anti-Muslim, and that’s why they were attacked. FALSE. These accounts are part of a campaign to do PR for Israel(including “Jews Making News”) but not HR (Human Rights.) Here’s the rub: Those organizations” have about 50 followers each.
Okay, Clancy we get the message, you don’t like Jews very much, we heard you loud and clear.
If that wasn’t enough, Clancy struck out again, this time at Twitter user @HumanRights2K, posting, “Thanks for the glimpse into your dreams. Everyone who stands for Human Rights is anti-Semitic. Great moniker, that.”
In the aftermath of the online exchange, Clancy blocked his critics and eventually took his account down entirely, just before announcing his retirement from CNN.