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Arizona republic before the a. p. hired her for an entry level role in phoenix and was two weeks into her new job. When the stanford college republicans began highlighting some of her past tweets their campaign was then amplified by right wing media and politicians including arkansas republican senator. Tom cotton the says it fired wilder for violating its social media policy. The decision came just days after israeli forces bombed the building housing the ap's office. in gaza. ten senior executives stood by the decision to fire. Emily noting in a leaked memo to editorial staff quote. We did not make it lightly referring to the decision the ap's executive editor. Sally busby did not sign the memo. She begins her new job next month as executive editor at the washington post. She's making history as the first woman. Executive editor of the washington post. She told npr she is quote handed over day to day operations at ap. So quote. I was not involved in the decision at all. Meanwhile journalists at the protested. Wilders firing and open letter. Monday writing quote. It is left our colleagues particularly emerging journalists wondering how we treat our own what culture we embrace and what values we truly spouse as a company unquote. For more we go to phoenix arizona to speak with. Emily wilder in her first television broadcast interview. We're also joined by janine sakaria. Who was emily. Wilders journalism professor at stanford university. She's the former jerusalem bureau chief for the washington post. We welcome you both to democracy now emily. Why don't you just take us through what happened to you absolutely well. First of all thank you so much for having me last monday. A group from my alma mater the stanford republicans began to post online past posted. I made on social media in an attempt to expose my history of activism for costing human rights while i was an undergraduate at stanford university and in an attempt to link a p to hamas in the next two days. Ibm's receive a lot of harassment. A lot of Harassment as well as a prominent republicans on the internet Lamb meat including senator. Tom caught in and ben shapiro. I was reassured during this time. By my editors that i would not face repercussions for my past activism in that they just want to support me while i was facing the smear campaign less than forty eight hours after zampa college republicans began to post about me. I was fired reason. Given was a supposes social media violation. Sometime after i joined a p on may third i was not even an explanation. For what social media policy is violated or tweet head violent policy and i still have not received an exclamation and emily when when you originally hired. What were you told by the associated press of what it social media policy was for for its reporters. I was told puertas must not share. Opinions online must not bias in coverage. And you were covering. What were you covering while you were at the. Ap i was hired as a news associate on the west desk which covers the western united states. Fourteen states not united states and my position is not actually reporting position it was an entry level kind of apprenticeship editorial and production apprenticeship in. So i was. I was concerned with assisting coverage on the in the western united states. So it affect. Why would why would these folks at stanford or argue. It seems it seems almost nonsensical. They would go after you in this in this concerted in a campaign like manner. Well there's of all this is this is not my first encounter with this group They during my time at stanford they built a reputation as kind of bullies antagonize. Really any student. They disagreed with it. I was in their crosshairs more than once so they knew my name. I guess they do not forget about me. And i can't say for certain why they did what they did. But perhaps they learned that. I had joined the national news organization at a moment that news organization under public scrutiny and they took it as an opportunity to both smear me and smear the associated press on monday the union representing washington post reporters now. Of course. Emily was working for the but the union representing washington post. Reporters tweeted quote solidarity with the staff of the p. Emily wilder we hope. Management provides swift answers on her termination and clarifies. The newsroom social media practices on quote the a. p. said in a memo to staff monday it plans to review its social media policies now. This significance of the washington post writers union expressing solidarity. Is that sally busby. The executive editor of a p is going to become the first woman executive editor of the washington post beginning in june. Which brings us to our next guest. Janine zaccaria professor at stanford university who taught emily wilder were the washington. Post's jer bureau chief in jerusalem. Is that right about a decade ago. That's correct so. Can you talk about this controversy..