Veteran CNN correspondent Jim Clancy, who left the network in January after a heated exchange on Twitter, which led to accusations of bigotry and even anti-Semitism.
Clancy told the Lebanon Daily Star he can handle wartime reporting, but not internet trolls. “I don’t have to put up with this… and I’m not going to. I’d had enough,” he said. “Who likes trolls? I don’t?”
In Beirut for an appearance at the Lebanese American University Friday, Clancy expressed no regrets about his comments on Twitter, and alluded to the recent controversies surrounding NBC’s Brian Williams and Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly:
“In my case I’d rather be Twitter-fried for telling the truth than held out for lying, saying I was somewhere I wasn’t or claiming I saw people murdered who weren’t,” Clancy told The Daily Star. “I hate for journalists to make the news, but it happens. Television is show business,” he added.