I wonder if Johnny's inability to do all of the jumps in his long program is related to his poor diet; maybe he just lacks the energy? It seems to me that a nutritious diet with daily protein would help him a lot.
As for the idea that USFS doesn't like him, I think that comes directly from certain things they have done, such as leaving Johnny off both the web site and printed materials for Nationals 2007 while prominently displaying Evan and all of the other top US skaters in large photos on both, even though Johnny was then the three-time reigning champion. Or the kind of negative way they report Johnny's successes on their official website compared to the way they report on Evan or other skaters - for example, when Evan won his bronze medals at Worlds, they trumpeted it in excited terms describing what a triumph it was, but when Johnny won his World bronze, they were considerably more subdued and even negative about his win, remarking that he didn't skate his best (which may have been true, but neither did Lysacek when he got bronze).
Here is how the USFS official site reported Lysacek's bronze medal at 2006 Worlds:
Glorious and Surprising Finish for Lysacek at World Championships
In a scenario reminiscent of the Olympic Winter Games, Lysacek saved his best performance for last, but this time the ending was different. Skating in the penultimate group, the reigning U.S. silver medalist reeled off seven clean triples, including a quad toe (two-footed)-triple toe combination, and gave "Carmen" all the justice it deserved. One by one his competitors went down without beating his score. He won the bronze medal behind gold medalist Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland and silver medalist Brian Joubert of France. -USFS Website Home Page, March 23, 2006
Here is how the same site reported Johnny's bronze medal at 2008 Worlds:
Weir Wins Bronze Medal at World Championships
Johnny Weir wasn't at his best in Saturday's men's free skate, but he did enough to earn the bronze medal at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. -USFS Website Home Page, March 22, 2008
As stated earlier - by 2008, USFS may have been reducing it's coverage/articles of competitions.
And I don't see this as any type of knock against Weir. In fact, the articles you posted said Evan needed the skate of his career just to get third - while noting that Johnny, far from his best was still good enough for third.
How is that reporting a knock against Weir?
I wouldn't call those news blurbs on USFS' home page "full articles" -- just quick summaries written by whoever was managing the USFS site at the time. I think you're reading too much into them... just my humble opinion.
From one perspective what was written makes it sound like Evan was lucky to have had the skate of his life. Anything less and he wouldn't have medaled. The other points out that even on an off evening Weir's talent carried him to a medal.
Actually the reports seem to be truthful - and accurately reflect how they skated.
So where is the bias? Perhaps there is a little bit towards Evan.
Oh sure, it couldn’t possibly be biased. Come on, people !
I said reading what was actually written.
which was the following :
Glorious and Surprising Finish for Lysacek
Lysacek saved his best performance for last
U.S. silver medalist reeled off seven clean triples
and gave "Carmen" all the justice it deserved
One by one his competitors went down without beating his score
won the bronze medal
Weir Wins Bronze Medal
Johnny Weir wasn't at his best in Saturday's men's free skate,
did enough to earn the bronze medal
What could possibly be biased about that ?
It couldn't be more crystal clear.
In his free skate at Nationals (09), he did three combination jumps, but no quad was planned because of his health issue, he made mistakes in one of his 3A and other parts, but what I saw is he started to do three combo, finally. And I see this he will bring next season. The fact he attempted three combo jumps in the condition he was in, I can only imagine what he will do when he is healthy.
I believe that is what happened and don't see bias, only the truth. Why should any reporter feel obligated to make up facts and stretch the truth about Weir's skating that night. Glad he won - but he did not exactly set the arena on fire.
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Lysacek Captures the Bronze at  World Championships
By Laura Fawcett: http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=33541
Movement at the Top in Men's Short Program at  Worlds
by Laura Fawcett: http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=33494
Weir handles pressure, wins bronze medal [2008 Worlds]
American proves that he's tough enough
By Lynn Rutherford:
Johnny be good: Weir in medal contention [2008 Worlds SP]
Will outspoken skater be U.S. Figure Skating's savior in Gothenburg?
By Lynn Rutherford: