fair point that
OT: Converting live Freep link ==> revenue-free print link
the News and the Freep are partners.
I've been an Ann-Arbor ex-pat for years. That realization didn't filter down to me until I saw your comment, the first mention of that fact I have seen here.
I suppose this changes everything, or does it?
If we're going to read their articles, they kind of deserve the revenue. Even if you argue that they're little more than a MSU fansite posing as a legitimate journalistic endeavor, they still should get the credit from us reading their site. If you don't want to give them revenue, don't read them. But don't try to consume their content and deny them their ad revenue.
The reason they are interesting is because they are trying to sabotauge our program. If they are going to use their status, which brings them the innocent trust of a captive audience, to advance ulterior goals such as career advancement, or sectarian goals such as giving a sports editor the power to select the new UM head coach, by way of unethical journalistic practices, then I think they are abusing their power and our social contract with them is voided. It amounts to saying, I wouldn't mind having that irritation gone. I'm sure those here who fear the paper has the power to interfere with recruitment or to cause an otherwise needless NCAA investigation for the sake of the paper's own self-promotion would say we can't afford to ignore what it is up to, hence the ambiguity of our situation. By trying to sabotauge what we hold dear, does the paper obligate us to subsidize it?
Admittedly, some of what the paper does is hard to ignore, for the wrong reasons. But I am prepared to ignore it.
In fact I check their sports site first in the morning. I read it for the same reason that I read the NY Times or the Wall St. Journal, even though I've been enraged periodically by something they've written, or despite any disagreements I may have with them editorially. I read the Freep sports section because I'm interested in Michigan sports, and they are a major source of that information, whether I like an article or not. Their sports editors do not like Rodriguez and obviously believe he is the wrong coach for us--I disagree. That doesn't stop me from enjoying an article about one of our games. To each his own, I understand those who won't read them and I'm fine with that. I read the Daily Beast every day, even though there is sure to be an article I think is completely misguided and wrong too. So neg away.
If the Daily Beast was using every issue as a forum to try to get a popular teacher at your school fired, would you feel about them the same way? That is the vibe I am getting from the sports desk at you-know-where.