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News Media Reacts to Snoop Dogg Smoking Before Halftime Show 

The New York Post is one of the media outlets that published a story showing the rapper smoking marijuana before the halftime show. 

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The Super Bowl halftime show has taken a life of its own. Many people will critique the artist or artists who get the call to perform during the biggest game of the year—furthermore, those who might not be interested in football tune in to watch the performance. 

This past Sunday, hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg was one of the performers, and the New York Post is one of the media outlets that published a story showing the rapper smoking marijuana before the halftime show. 

Many people in the news media world didn’t see the need for the newspaper to put together that story on Snoop Dogg since he’s never hidden his love for marijuana; also, since 2016, recreational marijuana has been legal in California. 

Eric Lieberman, the Managing Editor of the Daily Caller, was one of many people not surprised by Snoop Dogg smoking marijuana before his performance. “Dog Bites Man. Snoop Dogg Smokes Weed,” Leiberman tweeted

The Verge’s Deputy Editor, Dan Seifert, compared Snoop Dogg deciding to smoke to a fellow artist deciding to drink a beer before their performance. 

“Weed is legal in California. Would this article exist if he drank a beer beforehand? Or if it was a white artist?” Seifert tweeted. “I think we know the answer.”

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle wanted to remain The Post that recreational use of marijuana in California has been legal for nearly six years, so the story wasn’t necessary. 

“Dear @nypost – recreational use of cannabis has been legal in California since 2016. Why is this a story? Every time a performer takes a shot of whiskey before they go on stage, do you make that a story?” Ruhle tweeted

Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall also wanted to remain the newspaper that marijuana is legal in California. “Um, Smoking weed is Legal in #California!” Marshall tweeted

Steve Irvin, an anchor/reporter at ABC15 Phoenix, decided to use sarcasm and humor with his response regarding the story on the rapper. “OMG… Snoop smokes weed?” Irvin tweeted

Black News Channel’s Marc Lamont Hill also decided to use humor in his reaction to the Snoop Dogg story. “Wow. Snoop? Weed? If there was only some way, we could have seen this coming,” Hill tweeted

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Kara Swisher: Elon Musk “Has to Be” Rethinking Buying Twitter at $54 a Share

Swisher does believe a deal will occur with Twitter seeing Musk as its new owner despite these claims. However, she thinks the entrepreneur might have another idea: reprice the bid.

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Elon Musk made headlines a couple of weeks ago with his decision to purchase Twitter for $44-billion; however, New York Times reporter Kara Swisher stated on the latest episode of The Interview that the Tesla CEO is having second thoughts. 

“He has to be. This price is too high,” Swisher said. “[Twitter] is not worth $54 a share. It’s crazy. It’s like throwing money down a hole.”

Swisher does believe a deal will occur with Twitter seeing Musk as its new owner despite these claims. However, she thinks the entrepreneur might have another idea: reprice the bid.

“He should walk away, pay the billion-dollar breakup fee and then wait until it declines. He could pick it up for $15 billion versus $45 billion. That’s a nice savings. There’s a lot you can do with $30 billion,” Swisher said. 

Walking away from the deal for the social media company might not be easy. But, either way, Musk is undoubtedly taking a hard look at his bid of $54.20 per share by what Swisher is conveying, wrapping up that her relationship with the possible new owner of Twitter as an “up and down” one.

“We’ve had beefs,” Swisher said. “He hasn’t returned my emails. He usually does. He’s talking to right-wing people. He’s friends with Mike Cernovich. Good for him. He’s making new friends. I don’t care. I have four children; I don’t need Elon Musk.”

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New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal to Block, Ban Posts on Social Media Outlets

Texas lawmakers ruled last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms.

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Texas lawmakers have put Big Tech on notice following a ruling last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms with 50 million or more US monthly users.

The 15-word ruling will most likely set the stage for an intense debate in the Supreme Court and could further divide a nation struggling to interpret free speech and the First Amendment.

According to MSN, Texas’s law, HB 20, which seeks to address the perceived imbalance, was blocked in December by a district court judge who ruled it was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

Trade organizations NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association have appealed directly to the Supreme Court, according to The Verge. In a statement, NetChoice counsel Chris Marchese said the law strips private online businesses of their speech rights.

“The First Amendment prohibits Texas from forcing online platforms to host and promote foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech, and spam,” he added.

The Texas attorney general’s that the appeals court made the right decision and said it would continue defending the Texas law.

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Ted Sarandos to Staffers: Quit Netflix if You Find It Hard to Support Our Content

The Netflix CEO sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs. 

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As streaming giant Netflix continues to hemorrhage subscribers, the company has reportedly told its employees to find a new job if they’re offended by some of the content that is being created.  

According to Variety, CEO Ted Sarandos sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs. 

“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful,” the memo said. “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

According to the company’s first-quarter earnings report, Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period. Some employees staged a walkout when Dave Chapelle railed against transgenderism. At that time, the company vowed not to silence its artists. 

Sarandos reiterated that Netflix supports individualism and respects the principles and values of its subscribers. 

“While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices,” the memo added.

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