Emily Wilder was recently fired from her job at the Associated Press news, based in Maricopa County, Arizona.
This has happened after some of her old, pro-Palestinian tweets were dug up. The issue has now gained the limelight as this has happened in the midst of the ongoing, Israel-Palestine conflict.
Emily Wilder later spoke to SFGATE, a news website, about how she was “cancelled.”
“This is exactly the issue with the rhetoric around ‘cancel culture.’ To Republicans, cancel culture is usually seen as teens or young people online advocating that people be held accountable over accusations of racism or whatever it may be,”
“But when it comes down to who actually has to deal with the lifelong ramifications of the selective enforcement of cancel culture — specifically over the issue of Israel and Palestine — it’s always the same side,” she said.
Here’s what we know about Emily Wilder:
- Emily Wilder is a journalist by profession, who has graduated from Standard University.
- While studying at the university, she was a member of the pro-Palestinian groups Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine.
- She has earlier worked as an intern for The Arizona Republic, and then went on to work as a communications director for FEED LOVE.
- She then joined Associated Press as a news associate on May 3.
- However, just 16 days after she was recruited, she was fired from her job, and was told that she had violated the company’s social media policy.
- However, Wilder was not told about which of her social media posts had apparently violated the company’s policy.
- It has now come to notice that Wilder has been terminated for advocating for the Palestinians.
- On Sunday, she took to Twitter to criticise the situation in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem. She then wrote about how the media is never called ‘biased’ for using terms certain terms while talking about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
“objectivity” feels fickle when the basic terms we use to report news implicitly stake a claim. using “israel” but never “palestine,” or “war” but not “siege and occupation” are political choices—yet media make those exact choices all the time without being flagged as biased
— emily wilder (@vv1lder) May 16, 2021
- The following day, the Stanford College Republicans flagged a post that Emily Wilder had herself made, and called her an “anti-Israel agitator”. They even criticised Associated Press for hiring her. In the aforementioned post, Wilder had called Sheldon Adelson, the late Las Vegas businessman and staunch Israel supporter, as a “naked mole rat-looking billionaire.”
- Many conservative news outlets such as Federalist, Washington Free Beacon and Fox News started publishing articles, targeting her.
- Wilder has responded to all this by saying that she might have violated her company’s policy, she still has opinions regarding certain issues, and used to have them earlier as well. Many journalists have now come out to support her.