This is from The Washington Post article.

The complaint states that Depp’s “reputation and career were devastated” after Heard’s first domestic violence accusation in 2016, but the op-ed “brought new damage”: Disney dropped Depp from the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean franchise four days after it published.

I think the part in bold can be rewritten as 'it was published'.

Is 'publish' an intransitive verb in this context?

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    I'm not a native speaker, but I've seen it a couple of times on CNN as well. I suspect it's journalese.
    – Apollyon
    May 5, 2022 at 1:09

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As what @Apollyon has mentioned in the comments, this is probably Journalese, where it's a language regarded as a characteristic of the news style used in popular media. But yes, you can substitute it with "it was published", but both work here.


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