The Associated Press has fired a news associate, Emily Wilder, for violating the company’s social media policies, a move that drew backlash from journalists after it became clear that Wilder had been targeted by rightwing media outlets for her pro-Palestinian activism in college.

Wilder confirmed to the Guardian that she was “terminated for violating the company’s social media policies in their News Values and Principles sometime between my start date on May 3 and yesterday”. Wilder said the AP did not detail which of her tweets broke its policies.

Not the individual specifically, the Woken SS.

An awful lot of people are getting fired because of tweets and social media things being said which show they are, umm, less than impartial. Milo might have things to say on the subject for example. So, journalists must be impartial if they’re to work at journalism outlets which consider themselves impartial. And, as with Caesar’s wife, must be seen to be so.

OK, at which point goose and gander, right?

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  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Would that be this AP:

    Back in 2017 Matti Friedman described the dilemma of news agencies in totalitarian regimes

    A paper last year by the German historian Harriet Scharnberg titled “The A and P of Propaganda” and published in Studies in Contemporary History makes the case that beginning in the mid-1930s, the AP’s photo office in Germany made compromise after compromise to keep reporting under Nazi rule, obeying successive orders from the Hitler regime until it ended up as a Nazi information arm in all but name.

    The “bureau” in Pyongyang, wrote veteran journalist Nate Thayer, reporting for the specialist website NKNews.com, was not staffed by AP reporters from outside the country: The full-time staffers were North Koreans who were paid by AP but answered to the regime. A written agreement between the AP and the North Korean government allowed the AP to sell propaganda images, like those lovely choreographed rallies, outside the country, while the North Korean “staffers” studiously avoided subjects like mass starvation and prison camps.

    From that moment on, more or less, AP’s coverage from Gaza became a quiet collaboration with Hamas. Certain rules were made clear to the local staffers in Gaza, and those of us outside Gaza were warned not to put our Gazan staff at risk. Our coverage shifted accordingly, though we never informed our readers. Hamas military actions were left vague or ignored, while the effects of Israeli actions were reported at length, giving the impression of wanton Israeli aggression, just as Hamas wanted.

    When a reporter wrote a story about Hamas censorship in the summer of 2014, editors shelved it. We were trading truth for access and providing an illusion of “coverage” that was actually propaganda—a kind all the more effective because it was not tagged “propaganda” but simply “Gaza City (AP).”

    Whilst I don’t have any sympathy for Emily she certainly has a charge of double standards, actually no standards, when it comes to AP.

  2. I imagine ‘been targeted by rightwing media outlets for her pro-Palestinian activism in college’ actually means she was finally caught tweeting something they couldn’t deny..?

  3. “targeted by rightwing media outlets for her pro-Palestinian activism in college”

    “terminated for violating the company’s social media policies in their News Values and Principles sometime between my start date on May 3 and yesterday”.

    The first trying to imply that it was something to do with what she did at college.

    The second showing that it wasn’t.

  4. She’s Jewish. I wonder if her anti-zionism has something to do with mummy issues, or whether it is now normal to feel shame for one’s heritage.

  5. Between May 3rd and May 19th of the same year she demonstrated that she was exceptionally biased to the extent that the AP that was acting as a mouthpiece for Hamas found it unacceptable.
    That is staggering.

  6. “We were trading truth for access”: was there a time when journalists didn’t?

    Anyway here are my two Laws of the Middle East.

    1. I’m not taking sides, it’s not my fight.

    2. I don’t believe a word said by either side.

  7. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    She’s Jewish. I wonder if her anti-zionism has something to do with mummy issues, or whether it is now normal to feel shame for one’s heritage.

    She’s only nominally Jewish. She’s woke, and that is the religion she actually practices.

  8. Dennis, Clear-Eyed As Always

    Between May 3rd and May 19th of the same year she demonstrated that she was exceptionally biased to the extent that the AP that was acting as a mouthpiece for Hamas found it unacceptable.

    I doubt she’s done anything the rest of the AP staff hasn’t done. AP got caught with its pants down with regards to Hamas, and they needed to make a sacrifice. Little Bimbo was low staffer on the totem pole.

    They’ll probably quietly rehire her within a year.

  9. History shows us that you create a weapon and it’s only a temporary advantage and never that long before the other side catch up. The left has created
    Cancel culture, but give their general hypocrisy and lack of principles is very vulnerable.
    Anyway they always end up turning their own weapons on each other so expect an leftie bloodbath at some point (Rowling being an early example)

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    BniC,

    History also shows that it’s easy to start a war, but tryouts don’t get to decide when it ends. The Woken SS will live to regret starting this one. GB News is going to be the turning point (he said hopefully).

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