Kid Rock denies press credentials to Detroit paper
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The Detroit Free Press has been denied a media credential for a Kid Rock concert Tuesday night, the newspaper said

Kid Rock's publicist, Kirt Webster, explained to the newspaper that the decision to deny its reporters credentials was based on a negative column about the musician that the Free Press had published earlier this month.

"You guys wrote a f----- up story and allowed it to be published," Webster told the Free Press over the phone on Monday. "You want a quote, there it is."


"To be published without doing any fact checking on what Kid Rock has done for the city of Detroit? We don't condone bad behavior. We won't reward bad behavior," he added.

The column, authored by Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson, calls the decision to book Kid Rock as the inaugural performance at Detroit's new Little Ceasers Arena a "middle finger to Detroiters."

"This is a musician who got rich off crass cultural appropriation of black music, who used to wrap his brand in the Confederate flag — a symbol inextricably linked to racism, no matter what its defenders say — and who has repeatedly issued profane denouncements of the very idea of African Americans pushing back against American inequality," Stephenson wrote.

Jeff Taylor, a midwest regional editor who oversees the Free Press, defended the newspaper's coverage of the arena's opening, arguing that the column is not a reflection of the paper's news team. 

"We’re disappointed by it," he said. "Henderson’s column was an opinion piece, which is separate from news. We have covered the opening of the arena extensively and fairly in our news coverage, and from a variety of perspectives. We’ll continue to do that, factually and fairly, and to cover Kid Rock and the issues as well.”

In a Facebook post on Monday, Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, railed against the "fake news" media, calling out the Detroit Free Press by name. 

Ritchie is said to be weighing a run for the Senate in 2018 against Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress prepares to punt biggest political battles until after midterms Trump attacks Dems on farm bill Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security MORE (D-Mich.). The "All Summer Long" singer is an ardent supporter of President Trump, even visiting him at the White House earlier this year alongside 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and musician Ted Nugent.