After Major League Baseball (MLB) moved its All-Star Game out of Georgia, USA Today “stealth-edited” a March 31 op-ed by activist and failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams that said she “can’t argue” with boycotts.
The secretive edits, which were detected and disseminated on Twitter by Republican operative Matt Whitlock on April 23, softened her language and blamed Republicans for the MLB boycott. They were not initially accompanied by an editor’s note. One appears to have been added sometime after April 21.
“The impassioned response to the racist, classist bill that is now the law of Georgia is to boycott in order to achieve change,” Abrams wrote at first. “Events hosted by major league baseball, world class soccer, college sports and dozens of Hollywood films hang in the balance. At the same time, activists urge Georgians to swear off of hometown products to express our outrage. Until we hear clear, unequivocal statements that show Georgia-based companies get what’s at stake, I