AP Fires Third Employee After Retracted McAuliffe Report

The Associated Press has fired a third employee due to a false report about Terry McAuliffe’s role in a fraud scheme, the Huffington Post reports. 

The AP fired a reporter and editor on Monday after retracting a report that claimed the Virginia gubernatorial candidate lied to a federal official who was investigating an insurance fraud scheme run by a real estate planner. McAuliffe was a passive investor, but didn’t lie to the official or have an active role in the scheme.

The News Media Guild, which represents AP employees, is “alarmed” by the firings, according to the Huffington Post.

“The firings have alarmed AP employees nationwide, and the News Media Guild will vigorously enforce the contractual rights of the employees it represents,” Guild president Martha Waggoner told the Huffington Post.

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