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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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Court Approves Audacy Reorganization Plan

“We have achieved a speedy confirmation of our prepackaged Plan, which will enable Audacy to pursue our strategic goals and opportunities in the dynamic audio business.”

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A United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has approved a plan for Audacy to reemerge from its bankruptcy proceedings.

Under the plan, Audacy will equitize more than $1.5 billion of funded debt, which reduces its debt load by 80%, down from $1.9 billion to $350 million.

Audacy Chairman David Field was encouraged by the development.

“Today’s announcement marks a powerful step forward for Audacy, positioning the Company for an exciting future,” said David Field, who also serves as the President and CEO of Audacy. “As expected, we have achieved a speedy confirmation of our prepackaged Plan, which will enable Audacy to pursue our strategic goals and opportunities in the dynamic audio business.

“We aim to drive accelerated growth and financial performance, capitalizing on our scaled, leadership position, our uniquely differentiated premium audio content and the robust capital structure that we will have upon emergence,” continued Field. “I also want to express my gratitude to our team, who continue their outstanding work to serve our listeners and customers with excellence and fulfill our commitments without missing a beat.” 

A statement from the company claims the restructuring “will enable Audacy to continue its strategic digital transformation and capitalize on its position as a scaled, leading multi-platform audio content and entertainment company differentiated by its exclusive, premium audio content.”

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Fox News Begins 2024 Atop Key Digital Media Demographics

Fox News finished its 35th consecutive month atop the multiplatform minutes rankings, with 3.3 billion minutes according to a report from Comscore.

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Fox News Digital began 2024 by sitting atop the rankings in several key demographics in the digital media landscape.

Fox News finished its 35th consecutive month atop the multiplatform minutes rankings, with 3.3 billion minutes according to a report from Comscore. CNN finished with 1.9 billion minutes.

In multiplatform views, the outlet tallied 1.7 billion, with The New York Times scoring 1.5 billion. That marked the 16th consecutive month Fox News Digital finished on top.

6 million unique visitors visited the conservative cable outlet’s mobile app, which bested CNN, which tallied 5.4 million unique visitors.

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Political Ad Spending Sees Highest Levels in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco

AdImpact has tracked 465 unique political ads across broadcast stations. In the 209 markets being monitored, political ads have aired a combined 87, 536 times.

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As the 2024 election season continues to take shape, political advertising is seeing large gains in three major metropolitan areas.

AdImpact has tracked nearly $110 million in political ad spending over the past two weeks, with the largest recipients of those figures being Los Angeles ($13.2 million), New York ($10.5 million), and San Francisco ($7.2 million).

Thus far, the highest-spending advertisers are the Adam Schiff for Senate campaign, as the current representative vies for the spot vacated by the death of Diane Feinstein. The campaign has spent $8.1 million.

Additionally, the American Values PAC — a political action committee supporting Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — spent $7.2 million.

Finally, the Yes on Prop 1 in California campaign — which will attempt to tackle mental health issues in the state — has spent $5.4 million in advertising.

In total, AdImpact has tracked 465 unique political ads across broadcast stations. In the 209 markets being monitored, election ads have aired a combined 87, 536 times.

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