Looks like USA Today is competing with NYT for the most craven, shameless pseudo-journalism hit pieces.
It was “re-edited” only because they got called out on social media.
@USATODAY just made my travel plans easier – as an individual I can make a choice.I choose to not stay in hotels giving away your paper with my breakfast. Also, the one's I frequent, I'm going to call them and tell them I'm no longer staying with them, and why!
— Chris Collins (@ctcollinsjr) September 30, 2018
Not an apology. I see what you did. Ill never read your paper or visit your web site again. And this is my last interaction with your brand, which I believe you have damaged significantly.
— David Castro (@DavidCastroFLA) September 30, 2018
Maybe you should try to be a tad bit unbiased. Your paper is on a 4th grade reading level. Your readers aren’t smart enough to think for themselves.
— Kathy (@kaa2537) September 30, 2018
A Friday USA Today column stating that Judge Brett Kavanaugh “should stay off basketball courts for now when kids are around” was re-edited the next day and the original tweet to the column was deleted.
“The U.S. Senate may yet confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but he should stay off basketball courts for now when kids are around,” USA Today sports columnist Erik Brady wrote in the piece which has since been changed to an opinion column.
“A previous tweet contained a statement that has since been edited out of a sports column,” tweeted USA Today on Saturday. “That tweet has been deleted. The updated opinion column and editor’s clarification are here.”….
The updated column included an editor’s note explaining the re-editing and addressing the intent of the commentary.
Editor’s note: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he loves coaching his daughters’ girls basketball teams, but said in testimony Thursday “thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again.” The intent of this commentary was to address that question. The column was re-edited to more closely reflect that intent and labeled to reflect it as the writer’s opinion…..