The oddest thing happened after it came to light (my post is here, and many others called attention to it as well) that the Hamas-linked Associated Press had hired the serial liar and pro-jihad activist Emily Wilder: AP fired her. And as you might expect, because this isn’t the way things are supposed to work, as far as the establishment media is concerned, “journalists” are outraged, and circling the wagons. “There’s no question I was just canceled,” Wilder herself said in an article was trending on Twitter for a couple of days. The day after it was published, even AP itself got into the act, perhaps paving the way for rehiring Wilder. Leftists on Twitter crowed about the supposed inconsistency of foes of Left-fascism opposing “cancel culture” and then being happy that a Left-fascist was canceled. One put it crisply: “Coulda sworn you creeps were against cancel culture.”
A few considerations:
1. AP fired Wilder to save face after being exposed sharing an office building with Hamas in Gaza, which meant either that they were aware of Hamas’ activities and covered for the terror group, or didn’t know Hamas was there and are therefore the worst reporters in the world.
2. AP did not fire Wilder because she is pro-jihad. It is unlikely that there are any AP reporters who are not pro-jihad. AP fired Wilder because her views came out in a way that showed up their claims to be a news organization.
3. Emily Wilder’s views do not stand out among establishment media journalists. 99.9% or more of all establishment media journalists think exactly the same way. Emily Wilder was fired because AP was already embarrassed about its Hamas office building and didn’t want more embarrassment of this kind. If the Stanford College Republicans had never called attention to Wilder’s job with AP, she would still be there.
4. AP may rehire Wilder once this blows over, as evidenced by the fact that they’re already defending her (see below).
5. “Cancel culture” usually refers to people losing jobs or at least being publicly shamed over things they said years ago, often when they were teenagers. The statements in question are usually interpreted in the most negative manner possible, when such an interpretation is not required by the facts. Usually they’re statements that tend to dissent from the Leftist agenda. This is a fascist movement against the freedom of speech, and should always be opposed.
6. AP’s firing of Wilder is not an example of cancel culture. Wilder was not fired for her activities at Stanford, but for views she holds now, and has made abundantly clear that she holds now. AP pretends to be a news organization. Emily Wilder is, as noted above, a proven liar, a vicious ideologue, and a supporter of jihad. To have such a person working for an organization that claims to report the news in an evenhanded manner makes that organization look bad. Yes, all their other reporters think the same way, but they’re more subtle about it.
7. To claim that firing Wilder is an indication of how only the Israeli side is told in the establishment media is paranoid Leftist fantasy and gaslighting. In reality, AP and other establishment organs only tell the “Palestinian” side. If the Jews control the media, as Wilder suggests when she complains about “the selective enforcement of cancel culture — specifically over the issue of Israel and Palestine — it’s always the same side,” they do a very poor job of it, as media outlets are virtually unanimous in retailing jihadist propaganda (see here from 2009, and here from 2021, just to show you that nothing has changed in all those years).