USA Today Edits Teen Girl’s Op-ed For Hurtful Language On Trans Athletes

Hannah BleauMay 28, 20215min
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USA Today is under fire after altering an op-ed written by a Connecticut girl explaining the disadvantage she and other female athletes face in competing against boys claiming to be transgender girls in track and field, adding an editor’s note to the top apologizing for “hurtful” language used in the piece and altering her words, specifically targeting the word “male.”

The publication originally ran a piece from the young woman, Chelsea Mitchell, who detailed her struggles competing against biological boys claiming to be transgender girls.

“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,” she wrote in the original piece. However, the current version of the USA Today piece omits those three words: “A male body.”

That is not the only edit, either. An editor’s note at the top of the article provides the following explanation: “This column has been updated to reflect USA TODAY’s standards and style guidelines. We regret that hurtful language was used.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, representing Mitchell, explained that the publication altered her op-ed on May 25 without notice, changing male to transgender in the body of the article.

More examples of USA Today’s changes, emphasis added:

Christina Holcomb, legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, slammed the publication for altering Mitchell’s piece.

“.@USATODAY published our client Chelsea Mitchell’s opinion about the unfairness she experienced being forced to compete against male athletes. But after backlash from the woke mob, editors unilaterally changed Chelsea’s words & called them ‘hurtful language,’” Holcomb explained.

“What was the ‘hurtful language’ that editors deleted from Chelsea’s opinion piece three days after publication? The word ‘male,’” she continued, concluding the publication “violated its principles to appease the mob.”

“This blatant censorship violates the trust we place in media to be honest brokers of public debate. Chelsea’s experience & viewpoint matters,” she added, providing a link to the original version of Mitchell’s piece:

USA Today initially faced severe backlash for running the piece from members of the far-left, including transgender activists. One transgender activist, Dawn Ennis, smeared Mitchell as a “transphobic.” Ennis also said, “Mitchell and her legal counsel are ‘extremist Christians’ and that they belong to a ‘hate group’” while insisting that Mitchell “wants the right to ‘discriminate,’” as Breitbart News detailed. Others piled on as well, blasting USA Today for running what they inaccurately described as “transphobic propaganda.”

Author : Hannah Bleau

Source : Breitbart : USA Today Edits Teen Girl’s Op-ed for ‘Hurtful’ Language on Trans Athletes