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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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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited

CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.

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One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable. 

However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.

With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.

The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue. 

Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”

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Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

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Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message. 

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”

However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition. 

Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.

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Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter

Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.

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Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company. 

Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter. 

“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.” 

Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company. 

“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere. 

Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.

“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher. 

“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.” 

“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”

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