(JNS.org) CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the cable news network following a controversial exchange on Twitter over the Charlie Hebdo attack in which he both mocked pro-Israel advocates and used a disability slur. Clancy had written on his Twitter account, “The (Charlie Hebdo) cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention.” He was then quickly challenged by Oren Kessler, the deputy director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who tweeted, “@clancycnn Absolutely untrue. The magazine was targeted in the past over an issue in which Muhammad was listed as a guest editor.”
Clancy went on to mock Kessler as a “pro-Israel voice” and later tweeted, “Get a grip junior. It’s my Friday night. You and the Hasbara (Hebrew for public diplomacy) team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.” In a statement on his departure, Clancy thanked CNN for his nearly 34 years of employment there, but did not mention the controversy over his tweets.