Topic: Media Research Center
As much as the Media Research Center whines about liberals allegedly imposing "cancel culture" on conservatives, it sure gets happy when the opposite happens. Tim Graham is quite happy in a May 22 post:
In his newsletter, Brian Stelter wrote “This case is getting a ton of attention among media types on Twitter.” Jeremy Barr of The Washington Post reported Emily Wilder, a brand-new staffer at The AP, was fired this week, evidently for "tweets of hers referencing her advocacy for the Palestinian people and opposition to the actions of the Israeli government."
Wilder said she was not told which of her social media posts had violated company policy, just that “I had showed clear bias.” A spokesperson confirmed that “she was dismissed for violations of AP’s social media policy during her time at AP.”
Graham then gets around to the cancel-cuture part:
On Monday, the Stanford College Republicans flagged a post that Wilder made in college, characterizing her as an “anti-Israel agitator” and criticizing the Associated Press for hiring her. At Stanford, she was an active member of the pro-Palestinian groups Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine. In the old post, Wilder described Sheldon Adelson, the late Las Vegas billionaire and staunch Jewish supporter of Israel, as a “naked mole rat-looking billionaire.” She also wrote an op-ed in the college paper when Ben Shapiro came to campus which proclaimed "There's no shortage of think pieces on why Ben Shapiro is a little turd."
That spurred critiques from FoxNews.com, The Federalist, and The Washington Free Beacon at a time when Israel and Hamas are a hot story...which then looks like conservatives got her fired, which probably drew the attention of Stelter's "media types on Twitter." For example: "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," tweeted the Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler.
Graham did not explain why neither Adelson nor Shapiro were those things -- he simply complained that they were said, which is not allowed under MRC rules unless you're a conservative. Graham then complained:
Let's agree. It is just strange for a liberal news service like AP to fire someone for "declaring their views...in any public forum" when just this week, AP's Jonathan Lemire was co-hosting the opinion show Morning Joe on MSNBC, trying to set up Michael Steele, suggesting Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was engaged in a "cynical political play" to oppose an "independent" commission the January 6 riot.
No one got fired when AP's obituary of Rush Limbaugh began by declaring a view: "Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who ripped into liberals and laid waste to political correctness with a captivating brand of malice that made him one of the most powerful voices in politics," died, and although he said he was a harmless little fuzzball, he "often trafficked in lies and conspiracies with contempt for his opposition that often veered into cruelty."
AP book reviewer Hillel Italie can write a gushy, badly disguised press release for Hunter Biden's memoir of his druggy life, lamenting "unsubstantiated charges of corruption," and he didn't get fired.
First: Graham offers no evidence to counter Lemire's claim about McConnell or the accuraty of AP's opening about Limbaugh. Ssecond: Conservative reporters appear on opinion shows all the times, yet we don't recall Graham ever complaining about that. Third: The MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com, publishes badly disguised press releases on a regular basis and, again, Graham has not moved to stop it from doing so.
Then, on May 30, Clay Waters unironically complained that "The New York Times has a gross double standard on 'cancel culture,' or what it called 'digital shaming,'"because it did a story that focused on Wilder. Waters then played whataboutism in an apparent attempt to justify the right-wing cancel culture on Wilder: "Journalist Kevin Williamson’s move from conservative journal National Review to mainstream-liberal The Atlantic was squashed after his strongly held views against abortion were revealed. But Waters didn't mention that a key component of those "strongly held views" is that women who have an abortion be executed -- which the MRC tried to insist was a mainstream conservative viewpoint.