The Associated Press will no longer employ Melanie Plenda, a leftist activistexposed by Breitbart News, after she was caught violating the news wire service’s editorial standards.
Plenda announced that the AP has terminated her effective immediately in an interview with the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. Her termination comes as a Nov. 10, 2016, Facebook post she wrote—in which she pledged resistance to then-incoming President Donald J. Trump—was found to be in direct violation of the AP’s editorial standards.
Plenda, in her interview with Wemple, confirmed she wrote the leftist activist post on her Facebook page—a post she has since deleted, but of which Breitbart News published a screenshot earlier this week.
“There’s no denial from Plenda that she authored the tract in question,” Wemple wrote, summarizing their interview.
“I wrote that,” Plenda is quoted as saying.
“It started out on her ‘personal, private’ Facebook page, she says, and then someone shared it more widely,” Wemple continued, paraphrasing the interview with Plenda before dropping the biggest revelation—one the AP’s own spokeswoman Lauren Easton would not confirm earlier in the day for Breitbart News’s second investigative report into Plenda’s activities—that the AP has terminated Plenda entirely.
“The AP, she continues, has barred her from future political assignments because of the posting,” Wemple wrote.