As I noted last August, it’s not exactly a secret that the Israeli government recruits college students to write online comments. Nor is it a secret that there are other ways to make money promoting Israel. For example, the Israeli broadsheet Haaretz reported:
PMO and national student union to create covert units at universities to engage in diplomacy via social media; unit heads to receive full scholarships.
Here for example is a Hasbara Fellowships homepage for American students wanting to become Social Media Jewish Warriors.
But gentiles aren’t really supposed to mention the word hasbara. Jim Clancy, a three decade-long on-air talking head at CNN, got into a Twitter dispute over Charlie Hebdo with people he accused of being hasbara. And now, pour encourager les autres, he’s gone.
From the Jerusalem Post:
Debate over the nature of Charlie Hebdo cartoons gets anchor in hot water.
Veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy stepped down on Friday, one week after a series of Twitter posts in which he mocked pro-Israel tweeters on a thread discussing the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Neither CNN nor Jim Clancy gave a reason for his departure, which was reported by AdWeek. Clancy had worked at CNN for 34 years. …
Challenged on the accuracy of the statement by Oren Kessler, a deputy director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Clancy tweeted, “Hasbara?,” a Hebrew term used to describe public relations efforts by the Israeli government. …
The Jerusalem Post doesn’t mention that Kessler was formerly the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent when he lived in Tel Aviv. Kessler’s current employer, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is a neocon think tank. Its biggest donor in 2001-2004 was the late subprime mortgage king Roland Arnall, inventor of the “stated income loan” that did the American economy so much good.
Clancy later told the Twitter account for Human Rights News, “You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple at the edge of the herd.”
Clancy quickly found out who was on the edge of the herd:
Jay Ruderman, head of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which is dedicated to advocacy and inclusion for the disabled, demanded an apology from Clancy and CNN. Ruderman said the use of the term “cripple” was insensitive.
Clancy might want to refer to former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez’s Wikipedia page on how to get some kind of career back. The long road back to paying employment in the media seems to start with Shmuley Boteach and go through Abe Foxman.
And, cheer up, it only took Gregg Easterbrook 2.5 years to get his ESPN football column back.
Clancy is not only now out of a job, but his biography has been deleted from the CNN site: