This press release was issued today by our foundation:
Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation and a national leader on disability inclusion issues, has called on CNN to apologize for a derogatory remark toward people with disabilities made by CNN anchorman Jim Clancy.
In a bizarre Twitter exchange, CNN Anchor Jim Clancy responded to a critical Tweet with “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.”
“It is appalling that in this day and age a senior anchor at CNN, a world leader in the media, would use a word such as ‘cripple’, which is a derogatory term for people with disabilities,” stated Ruderman.
Ruderman wrote to Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, asking CNN to issue an apology.
“If a news anchor had hurled a racial epithet, CNN’s response undoubtedly would have been swift,” stated Ruderman. “The disability community expects CNN to extend the same sensitivity to people with disabilities as it does to other minority communities.”