AP Reporter Fired after Anti-Israel Political Activities Exposed
Associated Press facing backlash as reporter exposed by Republican college group
The Associated Press (AP) has been forced to fire one of its reporters after her anti-Israel political activities were exposed.
The AP was facing mounting backlash after a Republican college group unearthed and publicized details of left-wing reporter Emily Wilder's anti-Israel efforts.
However, the news agency faced bitter outrage from the left for firing Wilder over her radical politicals views.
Wilder was reportedly a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford University.
She also joined a campaign to host a cartoonist who has been accused of employing offensive anti-Semitic tropes.
The Stanford College Republicans led a campaign against Wilder after discovering the tweet where she announced she had been hired by AP in April.
Although many in the journalism world defended Wilder, by Thursday she was fired from her job, according to The Blaze.
Some in the mainstream media expressed outrage at the firing.
Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post said the AP should have guided Wilder instead of caving to the "Twitter mob."
Amazing how quickly a talented young reporter's career can be snuffed out by a Twitter mob that decided to feign outrage over some college tweets. And if @vv1lder somehow violated @AP's social-media rules, the solution is to offer guidance, not termination, to a new reporter. pic.twitter.com/PuGAwN0Aot— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 20, 2021
"Amazing how quickly a talented young reporter's career can be snuffed out by a Twitter mob that decided to feign outrage over some college tweets," he tweeted.
The AP says in its social media policy that employees should avoid "any postings that express political views."
The policy statement adds that AP staffers need to "be aware that opinions they express may damage the AP's reputation as an unbiased source of news.
"AP employees must refrain from declaring their views on contentious public issues in any public forum and must not take part in organized action in support of causes or movements."
The firing of Wilder comes at a time when the AP is facing questions about its presence in a building in the Gaza Strip where Hamas militants were also housed.
That building was later targeted by an Israeli airstrike during its deadly conflict with Hamas.
"We are not surprised that Emily Wilder, a livid Anti-Israel Activist and Students for Justice in Palestine Leader at Stanford, has just been hired by the Associated Press as a new correspondent, especially in light of recent revelations regarding the Associated Press' ties to Hamas," said a spokesman for the Stanford College Republicans to The Federalist.