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Jon Chait. "In Re: Free Press v. Rich Rodriguez"
There's an adjective for an article like that. I believe "scathing" is the word I'm looking for.
Rosenberg- Michigan Grad
Snyder- Michgan Grad
Sharp- Michigan Grad
got rid of its journalism major.
Not necessary at all. Look at the high quality pieces in the Michigan Daily.
The problem is that alums like Rosenberg, Snyder, and Sharp felt some sense of ownership and closeness to the football program before Rodriguez showed up. Then they lost their "insider" status with the coaching change, became embittered, and see it as their duty to wage jihad against the new regime.
Drew Sharp, at least, was awful long before RR arrived.
I agree, Rosenberg and Snyder set our program back, because they didn't like who was hired as the new coach.
Chait totally carved up the FP, both the writers and their editors. It is unusual to see a commentator so directly and effectively expose the misbehavior of someone else in the press. Very well done.
I've found that Chait and the rest of the Michigan Rivals staff typically agree with the majority of the MGoBlog community. I bet some of them are frequent posters on this site, and definitely avid visitors.
"The finding was not ambiguous. It thoroughly debunked the Free Press's claims."
Nothing more needs to be added.
and wins 6 national championships. And I will cut out and frame Rosenberg's and Snyder's columns about it.
It's unfortunate that Internet bloggers can do more research and provide more accurate and accountable news than newspaper journalists these days. It used to be that you could not trust lawyers, politicians or car mechanics. Now we can't trust our journalists either.
The journalism society needs to set up an police their own members as to what is ethical and what is appropriate. They need to report the facts, not make up a story. Otherwise they risk becoming a joke. If the free press is faking news to get sensationalism in sports - just think how inaccurate their reporting could be in other areas.
by dozens of lawyers. We are all thinking of ways to scam you at this very moment.
LOL. Perhaps i should have written: Trust may or may not be inclusive of but not limited to lawyers, politicians, and car mechanics.
There is a journalism police - its called my wallet. If a newspaper publishes trash, I don't buy it. If enough people don't buy it, it goes out of business.
Great post and great article. I think Dave Brandon knows what has happened and where this is going. I am convinced that regardless of what happens the rest of this season RR is back next year. That is not good news for the freep crowd and the rest of the B10.
but man. Not good news for the rest of the B10? I just don't see a great year for a while. If RR stays, defense needs a complete build ground-up. If he goes, then another transition period (although I doubt we ever see one as painful as the current situation we are mired in).
It isn't a complete build ground-up. They have young players there and more coming. In college football a defense can turn around in one year. This is a combination of coaching and inexperience, both of which can be fixed faster than you might think.
This idiotic freep thing did some damage but that bad vibe will now be lifted. Surf around your college football channels tomorrow. Every announcer/commentator that discusses it will be trashing the freep story for the witch hunt it was.
The people who most want to see Rich Rodriguez fired seem to be MSU and OSU fans. They appear to be scared to death of him and desperately want him to go away.
Not been my experience. MSU fans are loving Rodriguez. OSU fans don't care - they're still beating UM.
Just about every Spartan fan I know thinks RR is a clone of John L. Smith and hopes he doesn't get fired.
"He's your John L. Smith"
"He's ruining your traditions"
"He's destroying your program"
"He's so bad, we want you to keep him forever!"
Why are they suddenly so concerned about the future of Michigan football?
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
You realize they're just making fun of us right? They're in no way terrified of our future under Rich Rodriguez, and with good reason from their perspective.
God knows I'll trust a Spartan's opinion on literally anything.
Let's be freaking clear. If he were not such a debacle at hiring defensive personnel and God didn't hate our defense in terms of players this team would be a looming juggernaut. There's still every chance we can fix this.
Can't embed on my phone but it appears you're wrong...
I think you're getting a little too overconfident over having accomplished absolutely nothing. MSU and OSU fans think RR is a clown. Rightly so given his record. We all hope he turns it around, but your statment is just ignorant.
I've spoken with friends who are alumni at other BCS conference schools and they talked about how much they wished we would've canned Rodriguez the last two years when their schools had coaching vacancies. Some were actual former football players at their schools.
RR's name may be mud in this conference, but he would be a hot commodity if he was fired.
The Freep is just covering its ass for the fact that the NCAA slapped it. Does anyone know if the NCAA has ever taken such an obvious shot at a newspaper before?
I accidentially caught two minutes of Sharpe calling into his other job on 1130 a.m. before the press conference. He was already getting the company line out there. He was talking fast and "reported" that Rich Rod had been "convicted" (yes he said convicted) of five major violations. He said Rodriguez was found "guilty" of the non-compliance violation, but that the NCAA just re-worded it. No meniton that it was actually a much less serious violation. No mention of the fact that the Freep had been faced by the NCAA. His "reporting" was incorrect and spin worthy of a two-bit politician. What a coincidence that the Freep did the same thing in its paper. Hey, they couldn't be planning that, could they?
This article was a...
I wonder what he's doing with that mouse?!
being the annoying one in the family, spamming everyone with stories of how the Free Press lied and the allegations were relatively minor. Most don't care that much - aunts and uncles and cousins majoring in art history aren't really football fans - but they'll remember that someone they love and trust said this story was bullshit, and said it very passionately. They'll think about that the next time they hear about this, and at least in the short run, the next time they read the Freep.
Don't forget to tell them that the Freep and Rosenberg has refused to answer the serious allegations against their original report.
coninue to do so.
This is a great article that pretty much sums everything up. Even if you don't like Rich Rod, you have to admit that he has had to put up with a lot adversity that most coaches don't have to endure. Thank god this chapter is closed, now can this team just go out on Saturday and win dammit !
lower the boom.
The most embarrassing thing for the freep now is how their editors are allowing these clowns to continue prosecuting this "story". Note today's freep headline with the picture of RR and DB facing in opposite directions - we get it - your "artistic photographers" have captured the unspoken discord of the moment.
the editors at the Freep have made the conscious decision to go pro-MSU and anti-UM, thinking that they will gain more readers than they will alienate. Most major papers ignore MSU, so they might be right - I don't know. Their bias has become rather obvious throughout the sports department, and that's the only explanation I can think of. It's unlikely to be a random accident.
Just who is the sports editor of the Free Press, GOBLUE?
Jon Chait is a senior editor at the New Republic and former editor at The American Prospect. He gets picked up in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Slate. He writes books about economics. He wrote at the Michigan Daily and co-founded another newspaper while he was on campus. He is the epitome and apex of a career in journalism.
If you enter Michael Rosenberg into wikipedia, you get a bridge player from New York City.
I'm gonna go with Chait on this one.
Awesome article.... and of course the free press will not show any journalistic integrity ( if there is such a thing) by admitting that they were wrong for what they did with even a partial retraction article. Drew Sharp said on the radio ( i ran into it on accident) that he was still right because the ncaa gave michigan another year of probation, and does not understand why he is recieving so much heat from some michigan fans....
They are completely biased and out of touch at the fr**p, i will do all i can to make sure any of my actions ever help them make a dime.
Go RR and GO BLUE!
At least we all have a common enemy in the FREEP and their editors for letting this grind against Rodriguez go on. So now that it is over, we need to finish our venting, get back to football, and hope and pray for better days ahead. Rest well all and see you at the corner of Stadium and Main in the morning.
The ugliness got exponentially greater with the Freep's response to the NCAA's findings. It was bad enough to put forth an unsubstantiated set of articles to begin with. Whether they were intentionally trying to bring RR down, only they know for sure. But to continue with the charade after the governing body, the NCAA, practically calls them out by name as the irresponsible culprits is incomprehensible. Too bad it's not criminal.
do you read the new republic?
for many reasons, like for the sake of giving a big FU to critics such as the Freep.
But at the end of the day, he made the decisions on recruiting and coaching personnel hires that led to an utterly destroyed defense. I'm not sure if he should have any more chances.
Jon 'hit the nail on the head!' he poured out on paper exactly what I have been thinking for 15 months!! This article needs to be passed around like a Spartan cheerleader at a fraternity in E.Lansing (oh relax). Jon, you sir are a man of character and integrity! Not like those ass clowns at jihad Freep...I do have one small complaint though: god I wish you would have mentioned the biggest Fieger of 'em all!...Drew 'sucks donkey balls' Sharp! but it's okay, point still made!
I am still trying to figure out why the free p decided to ruin their reputation like this. They have alienated a lot of readers for no good reason.
The freep is just mimicking what media of all types has now become. Tell outright lies over and over and when you get caught just ignore that they were lies.
And, then, repeat.
The amazing part is that a huge number of people are complete fracking idiots and believe the lies -- even after being provided with evidence that they are lies.
Woooo, hooooo -- we a de-volving!
Share this article with friends and coworkers. Vast majority of people that I know, know nothing about the facts and think Rod was doubling what other schools practice, which harmed players.
4 hour daily limits and 20 hour weekly limit.
57 of the 65 daily hours they went over during the 2 year period was from adding stretching.
In 2008, they only went over the weekly limit once by 20 minutes -- their worst weekly limit violation.
Rosenberg "can't remember" how many players he interviewed for the article are still on the team and admitted he probably shouldn't have said he wanted Rod fired a few months before he wrote the misleading article.
Yes to the sharing!
I just heard back from a friend who had been down on RR b/c of the Freep Jihad and not really much else. For some reason this (and the final ruling) really flipped their paradigm.
The Detroit Free Press is essentially Fox News or MSNBC, depending on your political leanings and school affiliation. If you're a Spartan fan, or just really hate Michigan, it speaks the truth that the other broadcasts miss. On the other hand, if you're a Michigan fan you see it as the enemy; a slanted opinion that holds its own bias up as if it were integrity.