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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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Lulu Garcia-Navarro to Host Opinion Podcast for NY Times

“When a lot of us hear the word “opinion” we think of hot takes — points of view in reaction to the news. But what about the experiences that shape our opinions?” The Times said in a press release. 

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The New York Times will have a new opinion podcast coming out soon called “First Person.” The company announced that Peabody Award-winning journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro will host this new show beginning June 9th. 

“When a lot of us hear the word “opinion” we think of hot takes — points of view in reaction to the news. But what about the experiences that shape our opinions?” The Times said in a press release

“That’s the question we’re exploring in “First Person,” a new podcast from New York Times Opinion with Lulu Garcia-Navarro. In each episode, Lulu sits down with people living through the headlines for intimate and surprising conversations that help us make sense of our complicated world.”

Garcia-Navarro will bring plenty of experience to her new podcast as a two-time Peabody Award-winning journalist with years of interviewing world leaders, authors, artists, and people living on the front lines of a changing world.

“This show is a new way of understanding where people’s opinions come from. It’s urgent and intimate and takes someone who is living through something incredible and asks them how they came to believe what they believe,” Garcia-Navarro said per Radio Ink

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Twitter Will Not Renegotiate Original Offer with Elon Musk

Twitter doesn’t plan on backing down from the agreement even as Musk attempts to cast doubt about the number of fake accounts on the platform. 

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Twitter is playing hardball with Elon Musk, who initially agreed to buy the social media platform for $44-billion. During a town hall meeting, executives of the company told staffers they would not renegotiate the price of his takeover agreement, per The Daily Beast

Furthermore, Twitter doesn’t plan on backing down from the agreement even as Musk attempts to cast doubt about the number of fake accounts on the platform. 

Nonetheless, earlier this week, the company stated that they had plans to “close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement” between the Telsa CEO and the social media giant. 

The terms of the buyout contract will make it hard for him to evade the deal with Twitter. It contains a $1 billion breakup fee, and the company could sue to compel Musk to follow through on the transaction.

Last week, the entrepreneur tweeted that he was placing the deal on hold until Twitter could verify that spam and fake accounts do not comprise more than 5 percent of its users. 

Musk stated that he was dedicated to purchasing the company and indicated that he was open to a deal at a lower price.

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Donald Trump Accuses Google of Trying to Ruin TRUTH Social

Truth Social was developed by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and is headed by former congressman Devin Nunes.

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Former President Donald Trump is not happy with Google. According to Rolling Stone, Trump believes that the tech giant is trying to ruin his new social media platform, TRUTH Social. The platform is currently not available to Android users which have drawn the ire of Trump.

“One person whom the outlet did not identify claimed to have discussed TRUTH Social’s unavailability for Android users with Trump,” the magazine wrote. “The person said he has also asked questions such as, “What’s up with Google?” and, “[is Google trying to] screw with me?”

Truth Social was developed by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and is headed by former congressman Devin Nunes.

Trump reportedly believes that Google and YouTube are out to get him. “This has left Trump with questions about the status of the product and whether his perceived enemies at Google had any plans to reject it,” the report said.

“Is Google trying to f**k me?” Trump asked.

Big Tech banned Trump from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat following the Jan. 6 riots. 

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