Emily Wilder was fired by The Associated Press just weeks after she was hired as a press associate. Photo / Twitter

A reporter said she was turned into a “scapegoat” after being fired by one of the world’s largest news agencies for social media posts which he said showed “clear bias”.

Emily Wilder was hired by The Associated Press on May 3 as a press associate, but on May 19 was fired, her employer alleging a violation of her social media policy.

The AP’s social media policy states that “employees should refrain from declaring their views on contentious public issues in any public forum and should not take part in organized actions in support of any cause or movement. “.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Wilder said the PA bowed to pressure after Republicans at Stanford College launched a “smear campaign” against it.

Wilder graduated from Standford in 2020 and said his “history of Palestinian human rights activism” was well known.

“I was transparent with my editors and they reassured me that I would not face punishment for my former activism,” she wrote on Twitter.

Republicans at Stanford College shared a post Wilder posted on Facebook while a college student in which she described the late US billionaire and Israel supporter Sheldon Adelson as a “rat-looking billionaire -naked mole “.

Their message was echoed by media and conservative commentators who criticized AP for hiring Wilder.

AP told the Washington Post that Wilder was fired for violating social media policy while employed by the news agency, but did not specify which post was in violation.

Republicans at Stanford College had shared Facebook posts Wilder made while a student there.  Photo / Twitter
Republicans at Stanford College had shared Facebook posts Wilder made while a student there. Photo / Twitter

Last Sunday Wilder tweeted: “’Objectivity’ seems fickle when the basic terms we use to report information implicitly claim.

“Using ‘Israel’ but never ‘Palestine’, or ‘war’ but not ‘siege and occupation’ are political choices – yet the media make these exact choices all the time without being flagged as biased.”

Wilder told the Washington Post that she was told her dismissal was because she exhibited a “clear bias” on social media, but now believes AP has caved in to criticism.

“It was the result of the campaign against me,” she said.

“To me, it’s like AP bowed to ridiculous demands and cheap bullying from organizations and individuals.”

Wilder, who is Jewish, said on Twitter that it had been “heartbreaking” to be “vilified as an anti-Semite and thrown under the bus in the process.”

“I have to ask what kind of message this sends to young people who hope to channel a righteous indignation or a passion for justice into an impressive and inspiring storytelling,” Wilder wrote, adding that she “will not be intimidated into the silence.”

Other reporters expressed their support for Wilder, saying the PA’s decision was disappointing:

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 18:52:00


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