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Michigan Football and the Detroit Free Press Bias: A No-Fly Zone?

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on while playing the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Penn State won the game 35-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Charles WelchCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2010

There has been a tremendous amount of bias from the local media against Michigan football, particularly from the Detroit Free Press .

There have been multiple articles written about the woes of Michigan's program under Rich Rodriguez and how it is supposedly being ran incorrectly.

The bias, to me, has gotten out of hand. When anything happens within the program that can even be so much as perceived as negative, the Free Press seems to be all over it like white on rice.

It's been going on at a higher rate since the Rich Rodriguez-era began. When Justin Boren complained of a "lack of family values," the media ate it up. Of course, to some degree they should be.

However, when the story about the alleged practice violations against the current coaching staff came forth, that is when the bias truly began to become clear. There were too many anonymous complaints and not enough investigative journalism.

The original article was full of misleading quotes, many of which were completely out of context. To me, the issue most recent with Demar Dorsey in which Drew Sharp sought to make a federal case out of recruiting a young man who had been acquitted of all charges has brought this thing to a head.

Multiple members of the media were quite confrontational during the signing day press conference with Coach Rodriguez this past week, saying that they didn't find his answers satisfactory. I would make the case that the answers weren't satisfactory because of selective hearing on the part of some of the members of the media.

Aside from supporting the program and current staff, fairness has become an issue. When a publication covers Michigan State articles related to an assault and refers to it as a "brawl" and "fight," they aren't calling the thing what it is. Real convicted criminals are receiving half-hearted scolding from the media. Mark Dantonio has received virtually no scolding.

The bias has gotten out of hand and really deserves more attention than it already has. This is just one man's thought.

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