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USA Today deletes ‘hurtful language’ from op-ed by female HS sprinter angry she’s lost to biological males. What apparently was so ‘hurtful’? She called them ‘males.’

USA Today is feeling the backlash after deleting what it termed “hurtful language” from an
op-ed by a female high school sprinter upset that’s she’s been forced to race against — and has lost to — biological males who identify as female. In short, transgender females.

And what apparently was so “hurtful”?

Whatever else she may have written,
Chelsea Mitchell referred to her aforementioned opponents as “male” or “males” — and USA Today later cut those references from her piece.

See, in WokeWorld, that’s known as “misgendering” — and it’s a no-no.

What are the details?

Townhall said Mitchell’s USA Today op-ed first ran over the weekend — but by Tuesday the paper added an editor’s note at the top: “This column has been updated to reflect USA TODAY’s standards and style guidelines. We regret that hurtful language was used.”

Alliance Defending Freedom — which is representing Mitchell and other female Connecticut track athletes in a lawsuit over having to compete against transgender females —
stated that USA Today editors “without notice to Chelsea, changed the word ‘male’ to ‘transgender’ throughout her piece.”

Indeed, the
Internet Archive reveals that the May 23 version of Mitchell’s USA Today op-ed contains 11 references to “male” and “males” — but they all were either deleted outright or replaced with the word “transgender” in the piece’s present form.

Here’s one example from Mitchell’s original piece: “Instead, all I can think about is how all my training, everything I’ve done to maximize my performance, might not be enough, simply because there’s a runner on the line with an enormous physical advantage: a male body.”

Catch those last three words? Well, they’re gone now.

The new sentence uses the word “transgender” before “runner” — and the words “a male body” have vanished: “Instead, all I can think about is how all my training, everything I’ve done to maximize my performance, might not be enough, simply because there’s a transgender runner on the line with an enormous physical advantage.”

What’s been the reaction?

As you might expect, folks got angry at USA Today. Christiana Holcomb of ADF certainly gave the paper what for:

Author Abigail Shrier — who knows something about the subject (and getting deleted for her views) — weighed in as well:

And U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) was only too happy to crack that quip:

Anything else?

The below video is one example of what Mitchell and other female athletes have been up against. It’s from the 2018 Connecticut girls’ 100-meter dash. Mitchell is the third runner from the left. The runners to her left and right — Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — are transgender females.

The results? Mitchell came in fourth. Miller and Yearwood came in first and second, respectively. In fact, Miller set a meet record that day. But had Miller and Yearwood not been allowed to race against biological females, one might conclude that Mitchell would have finished higher that fourth.

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‘How mighty white of him’: Tom Brady exudes ‘height of white privilege’ for not discussing past Trump support, sportswriter says

As Super Bowl weekend kicks off, one USA Today sportswriter doesn’t want anyone to miss that the game’s star attraction — Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady — exudes the “height of white privilege.”

What are the details?

In her op-ed for the paper, Nancy Armour explains that her big problem with the six-time Super Bowl champ is his past support for former President Donald Trump — and his “ability” to not talk about it when he doesn’t want to. Or something.

Armour pointed out Brady’s “Make America Great Again hat in his locker, the flippant endorsement of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Only when those ties became inconvenient did Brady decide he wanted to ‘stick to sports,’ and that he preferred to be a beacon of positivity rather than delve into society’s thorny ills.”

“How mighty white of him,” she added.

More from Armour’s op-ed:

Brady’s ability to enter and exit the debate at his choosing, to shield himself from accountability, is the height of white privilege. As this country grapples with the far reaches of systemic racism, look no further than Brady, for whom the expectations, and allowances granted, will always be different.

“Whiteness is the benefit of the doubt,” said David Leonard, author of “Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and off the Field.” “When Tom Brady says, ‘I was just given the hat,’ or ‘He’s just a friend of mine,’ or when he skips the White House and says, ‘I had a different engagement,’ he gets the benefit of the doubt. He gets to be an individual. He reaps the benefits that we as white Americans reap each and every day in different contexts.”

It’s been five years since a MAGA hat had prime placement in Brady’s locker and he replied “I hope so, that would be great” when asked if his old golfing buddy had what it took to be president. But with Brady playing in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday, when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs, the topic was raised anew by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, who said last week that no Black athlete would have gotten the pass Brady has.

On “Undisputed,” Sharpe said Brady “put that hat in there for a reason: Letting you know that I support my friend Donald Trump, and no matter what he says, I support him. … Let’s just say for the sake of argument that LeBron James says, ‘My friend, Minister [Louis] Farrakhan.’ How would America react? You see, blacks have always had to be very, very quiet about who our friends are. They made [former] President [Barack] Obama disavow Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright! … LeBron James can never say, a prominent black athlete can never say, ‘Minister Farrakhan is just my friend.’ They’d try to cancel anybody with the just mere mention of Mister Farrakhan’s name — because we like Tom Brady.”

Armour concurred, saying “Sharpe is right.”

More from her op-ed:

In theory, it should not matter whether Brady supports Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or someone somewhere in between on the political spectrum. He has a right to his private views.

But it was Brady himself who chose to make those private views public. If you think that MAGA hat just happened to wind up in his locker – at camera level, not buried at the bottom beneath a pile of cleats and clothes – I have a case of TB12 supplements to sell you. Brady has carefully cultivated his image over his 21-year career, whether it be his style or his social media posts, and he knew just what kind of reaction he would get.

Now, he might not have thought it would matter, since Trump’s candidacy at that point was still seen as something of a stunt. But Brady has had the chance – several, in fact – to clarify or walk back his comments and has chosen not to. At the Super Bowl in 2017, three days after Trump’s Muslim ban took effect. On Howard Stern’s show last spring, when Trump was already beginning to sow lies about the election.

And yet again this week, less than a month after a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that was incited by Trump.

Instead, Brady has been allowed to divorce himself from it while Black athletes are made to own their views in perpetuity.

Armour then went on to bemoan former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s “blackballing” following his kneeling in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. Although she failed to mention Kaepernick’s subsequent deal with Nike — infused with social justice themes — which Money said could be worth “millions of dollars per year.” Or his $1 million book deal. Or that fact that Brady “liked” Kaepernick’s controversial Nike ad that led others to burn their tennis shoes and boycott the brand.

But anyway, Armour went on to say that “even Brady’s aversion to talking about politics or current events is itself a form of privilege” and accused him of “moral cowardice.”

“Playing While White” author Leonard offered a parting shot: “The follow-up question of, ‘I’m here just to play football,’ is ‘Well, who’s afforded that luxury? Who’s allowed to see sports as this apolitical space of distraction, of pleasure, of fun?’ Seeing sports and living sports as an uncontested space is the privilege of whiteness. It’s the privilege of being a man. It’s the privilege of being a heterosexual athlete.That is a luxury that Black athletes and other marginalized and disempowered athletes have never been afforded, inside and outside of sports.”

What was the reaction?

After Armour tweeted out her op-ed, she appeared to receive her share of kudos — but a number of folks were none too pleased with her take on Brady:

  • “You lose me and all credibility when ‘white privilege’ and ‘systemic racism’ are mentioned,” one commenter wrote. “If black players choose to make it about politics, that’s their choice and the privilege of working for the NFL. I couldn’t protest at my place of work. I’d be warned and then fired.”
  • “Nobody is required to participate in your BS game of identity politics,” another user said. “SJW’s are not the arbiters of good in a free society. Brady’s actions as a father, an athlete, and a leader put him in a place most of the people who bow down to this idiocy can never dream to attain.”
  • “Another idiot savant heard from! Do us all a favor and STFUP! You are a joke,” another commenter declared. “Brady never entered the political ‘debate,’ saying a guy you played golf with a friend is not entering the debate!! And I despise Trumpers!”

And finally, this:


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Sports writer says it’s important to remember Colin Kaepernick’s ‘warnings about the police’ following Capitol riots, compares former NFL player to MLK Jr.

Sports writer Mike Freeman says that Colin Kaepernick’s message against police brutality is more important than ever on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What are the details?

In a Monday editorial in USA Today, Freeman says that Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback-turned-activist, continues to be relevant amid the chaos of the U.S. Capitol riot.

“Years before rioters stormed the Capitol,” Freeman writes, “a crowd that allegedly included cops, Colin Kaepernick spoke of, no, he warned of the abuse of power by police.”

In 2016, Kaepernick — ushering in the early days of kneeling protests — said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

“As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s important to remember that Kaepernick, like King, warned us for years about the dangers of police abuse,” Freeman explains. “This is especially important in light of how 13 off-duty police officers, according to the Washington Post, were part of the rioters that stormed the Capitol. According to NPR, the number of sworn police officers was actually 30.”

Freeman adds, “To Kaepernick, some police have always been part of a mob, and the distance between those mobs, and the lawlessness of sacking one of the beacons of democracy, isn’t miles. It’s inches.”

“If some police are willing to abuse the rights of one group of people,” he continues, “it’s only a matter of time before those same police start attacking others. Or even start attacking democracy.”

Pointing to the purported officers’ alleged involvement in the riots, Freeman muses, “[I]f a police officer takes part in a riot against a fortified building full of lawmakers, what would that same cop do to a black man at a traffic stop?”

Freeman, making a full-on comparison between Kaepernick and King, continues, “[I]f you don’t think the threads between Kaepernick and King are real, you’re wrong. While King is popular now, two-thirds of Americans disapproved of King. Many hated his blunt words on race, policing, and desegregation. The same is the case with some and Kaepernick and it’s not unthinkable to see a future where Kaepernick is revered as a civil rights hero.”

“In fact,” he adds, “that transformation is already happening (and he’s long been viewed this way by most black people).”

Freeman concludes, “Kaepernick has spent years speaking of police abuse. Like King, he was right. In fact, he may have been righter than we ever knew.”

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USA Today changes ‘fact check’ ruling on whether Trump campaign used Nazi symbol — gets dragged again

USA Today has changed its previous determination that President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is selling a T-shirt featuring the imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol.

After three days of online ridicule for claiming it’s true that the eagle perched on an American flag symbol is verifiably Nazi propaganda, the publication switched their initial ruling to “inconclusive.” Social media had another field day.

What are the details?

Over the weekend, USA Today published an article ruling it’s “true” that “Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol,” followed by a clarification more than an hour later, stating: “The claim that Trump 2020 has put out a T-shirt with a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle and is being criticized for it is true. Worth noting, the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too.”

The outlet was relentlessly ridiculed and mocked over the conclusion and subsequent “clarification.”

On Wednesday, USA Today provided an update on Twitter, writing, “The rating on this article has been changed to inconclusive. It was updated to reflect further reporting and analysis.”

The updated piece echoed much of what social media users had pointed out to the newspaper’s fact-checking team after it posted the first version, while standing firm on pointing out that “some claim” the eagle T-shirt design “bears resemblance to a Nazi eagle.”.

The new ruling explanation reads:

The U.S. government has many uses of eagle imagery in its official seals and emblems including on the “Great Seal of America,” on the presidential seal and on the mace of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Trump campaign’s T-shirt includes the use of an eagle that some claim bears resemblance to a Nazi eagle. We rate the claim that the Trump campaign is using Nazi imagery as INCONCLUSIVE, based on our research.

Twitter users overwhelming rejected USA Today’s new “inconclusive” stance, too.

One person wrote, “Claim, ruling, clarification, then BS. What a trustworthy Source of news!” Someone else replied, “It’s too late for that. Nobody will ever take you seriously.”

“It’s a blatant manipulation of reality to fit your agenda, and everyone knows it,” another tweeter responded. Yet another wrote, “This is an embarrassment to your staff and the entire profession. You’ve helped nothing and no one, specifically your readers.”

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USA Today claims Trump campaign shirt has ‘Nazi symbol’ — then they issue major ‘clarification’

USA Today was forced to issue a major clarification on Sunday after claiming a Trump campaign t-shirt contained a “Nazi symbol.”

The newspaper’s fact checking team declared that viral social media posts claiming a Trump campaign t-shirt contained a notorious Nazi symbol — the imperial eagle — was true.

“The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol Our ruling: True,” USA Today said on Twitter.

On its website, the USA Today
fact check presented more nuance:

The claims that a Trump campaign T-shirt has come under criticism for using a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle is TRUE, based on our research. But it is worth noting that the eagle is a common symbol in American politics, and is included in the presidential seal of the U.S., as well as many federal departments.

In fact, USA Today explained that the eagle has a rich history in American symbolism and that the image used by the Trump campaign is notably different than the one used by Nazi Germany.

In response, USA Today was rebuked on social media — and many noted the eagle is still a prominent symbol in American government, even used by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • “Whoa, you mean Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a Nazi symbol on her official government website?” Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra said.
  • “This is moronic.
    In Democrats’ America, Mount Rushmore glorifies white supremacy and the bald eagle with an American flag is a Nazi symbol.
    They have lost their minds.
    Better tell the USMC too,” another person
    responded.
  • “This is moronic. You aren’t a news organization. This is propaganda,” another person said.
  • “This is legitimate derangement. These people are not well,” another person reacted.
  • “ps: the American eagle is also a symbol of the United States,” another person mocked.

The swift condemnation forced USA Today to issue a “clarification.”

“Clarification: The claim that Trump 2020 has put out a T-shirt with a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle and is being criticized for it is true. Worth noting, the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too,” the news outlet said.

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