In media news, the Associated Press is under fire after it terminated a journalist over her social media posts criticizing the Israeli government and defending Palestinian human rights. Emily Wilder, who is Jewish and was a member of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, was fired after just two weeks on the job. The Stanford College Republicans were reportedly the first to single out her tweets, triggering a conservative frenzy, which included lawmakers such as Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro blasted the AP for firing Wilder, writing, “This is a media organization sacrificing their own journalist to a misinformed, right-wing media mob. She should be reinstated and formally apologized to.”