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Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The New York Times has been on a bit of a roll with its coverage on the preferential treatment afforded to members of Florida State University's much-heralded football team.

Earlier this year, Walt Bogdanich wrote a lengthy piece on the school's flawed investigation of Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who was accused of sexual assault. Last month, Bogdanich teamed up with Mike McIntire to report on how Tallahassee police have routinely "soft-pedaled allegations of wrongdoing" by a number of different Seminoles players.

The Times continued that tradition on Friday with another story by Bodanich and McIntire. The two scribes reported that P.J. Williams, a starting cornerback for the defending national champions, was slapped with mere traffic tickets for what was initially labeled a criminal hit and run. It was the last straw for Seminoles fans.

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This year has now seen three great controversies at the intersection of patriotism and popular music. Chris Daughtry of "American Idol" fame caught hell back in June when he declined to sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" during a Fox News appearance on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Last month, Aaron Lewis, the lead singer of Staind,bungled the lyrics to "The Star-Stangled Banner" prior to game five of the World Series.

After the ensuing backlash, Daughtry and Lewis each apologized. Daughtry said he was "embarrassed and ashamed," while Lewis asked "for the Nation’s forgiveness."

It's still unclear if Bruce Springsteen, one of the musicians at the center of the latest controversy, will be similarly apologetic.

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