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Fusion’s Pot Reporter Predicts when Marijuana Will be Legal Nationwide

NerzPotFollowing the New York Times Editorial Board decision calling for the repeal of the prohibition of pot, we wanted to know the possibility of it really happening. So we reached out to network TV’s only Chief Cannabis Correspondent, Fusion’s Ryan Nerz. He says, it’s high time:

TVNewser: How big of a deal is it that the Times editorial board came to this decision?

Nerz: Pretty damn big. The country’s most authoritative newspaper is saying that the United States federal government should repeal its 40-year-long ban on marijuana. And yet, you could make the case that they are actually late to the party. For me, the real tidal shift happened last year, when a Gallup poll said that a majority of Americans favored legalization for the first time. But this is still pretty huge.

TVNewser: The Times says marijuana should be legal only for people 21 and over because of “legitimate concerns about marijuana on the development of adolescent brains.” Do you agree with this or should the legal age be younger, say 18?

Nerz: I agree wholeheartedly with this age limit. The human brain doesn’t stop developing until at least the mid-20s, and there are credible studies that correlate marijuana use during the years of brain development to a 6-8 point drop in IQ.

TVNewser: The editorial board says the criminalization of marijuana is racist, “falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.” Is this what your reporting has found?

Nerz: The wording of their statement seems a little melodramatic, but the underpinnings are spot on. My reporting shows that the people making the big bucks off weed are disproportionately white, and yet the people getting busted are disproportionately black and Latino.

TVNewser: Do you expect the editorial boards of other media organizations to follow suit?

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From the Rio Grande to the Canyon of Heroes

ClintonRamosJust days after swimming the Rio Grande, Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos was glancing up at the World Trade Center, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In the continuation of a series of interviews about her new memoir, Clinton and Ramos chose lower Manhattan for their interview, which will air Tuesday night on Fusion. The conversation touches on current global crises, the political climate leading up to the midterm and 2016 presidential elections, and immigration reform.

It’s Fox Fan Weekend at Yankee Stadium

FoxFanNightThis weekend is Fox Fan Weekend at Yankee Stadium. More than 1,000 Fox fans are attending one of two Yankee games against the Blue Jays: one last night and the other today, as part of a 3-game series against Toronto. Also in attendance, Fox News talent including: Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Childers, Ainsley Earhardt, Anna Kooiman, Peter Johnson Jr., Clayton Morris, Heather Nauert, Rick Reichmuth, and Dr. Marc Siegel.

Erin Burnett Fact-Checks Israeli Official’s Allegations that CNN Coverage is Biased

DermerCNNOn her show last night, Erin Burnett followed up on a segment from Thursday’s “OutFront,” where Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer called out CNN for biased coverage of the war in Gaza. Burnett invited Dermer to come for Friday’s show to, in part to disprove some of his assertions, but he couldn’t come on. So Burnett fact-checked his comments.

At one point, Dermer says, ”I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. I have seen split screens, horrible pictures that any decent human being would be horrified by. I think that that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments.”

Burnett then played a clip from part of that prior two hours during which Wolf Blitzer did report on how the U.N. demanded that Hamas stop endangering civilians “by placing weapons in U.N. schools.”

The fact-checking continued…

Who Makes Fareed Zakaria Nervous?

He hosts his own CNN show, but it was an interview with Jon Stewart that gave Fareed Zakaria jitters.

“I’m a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria jokingly said to Stewart at the beginning of an interview Thursday night. He was referring to Stewart’s “Let’s Buy CNN” campaign. “I hope that you end up getting CNN. I think it would be a fascinating challenge for you,” he continued.  And how would Stewart fill the remaining airtime left after “The Daily Show’s” two hours per week. “I’ll just let Wolf Blitzer fill in.”

Who’s That Guy Roaming the ‘Today’ Show Plaza?

Alex oneTwelve years ago, Alex Ficquette was a teenager shouting at the back of a “Today” show concert featuring Mary J. Blige.

“I randomly saw Al Roker buying a pretzel from a street vendor, and said ‘Hi’ to him,” Ficquette told TVNewser. Fast forward to today, where he’s been anointed “Alex on the plaza.”

The Associate Producer for the “Today” show oversees the signature outdoor plaza, interacting with fans who come from far and wide to experience the concerts, contests, and ideally, enjoy their 15 minutes — or just a few seconds — of fame with “Today’s” hosts.

Friday morning, TVNewser spent some time on the plaza as OneRepublic performed. All the while, Ficquette, 27, kept the crowd revved up as they waited for the pop-rock band to take the stage. Taking pictures, sparking conversations, and giving shout outs to the best signs is all part of being the plaza’s ringleader (Vine after the jump).

“That group outside, they’ve been up since 2:30am, and you would never know it,” he told us about one energetic group celebrating their friend’s 60th birthday. “You have to be interested in people’s stories. I feed off of their energy because they’re in amazing spirits.” When he’s not on the plaza he might appearing on the show’s fourth hour with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Ficquette’s path to the TV news business is a story in itself. “I didn’t go to school for film or production,” he said.

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The Ticker: Merger, Marquardt, Movie Marathon

  • FBN is presenting a “Money Movie Marathon” on sister network FXM this weekend. Maria Baritromo, Charles Payne and Neil Cavuto will provide commentary on the movies — “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “Wall Street Never Sleeps,” which Bartiromo had a part in (watch her talk about her experience on the set, after the jump).

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, July 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 274 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 152 | HLN: 73
  • Primetime: FNC: 409 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 177 | HLN: 114

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

238

TheFive:

311

Baier:

282

Greta:

284

O’Reilly:

306

Kelly:

417

Hannity:

419

O’Reilly:

380

Kelly:

275

MSNBC
Wagner:

62

EdShow:

96

Sharpton:

121

Matthews:

86

Hayes:

91

Maddow:

150

O’Donnell:

126

Hayes:

61

Maddow:

45

CNN
Tapper:

148

Blitzer:

156

Blitzer:

161

Burnett:

196

Cooper:

210

Sixties:

164

Tonight:

156

Cooper:

157

Sixties:

182

HLN
Now:

20

Files:

17

Files:

24

Jane:

66

Grace:

132

Dr.Drew:

106

Files:

103

Files:

110

Files:

109

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Here’s What Happens When a News Magazine Uses Unauthorized YouTube Clips

DatelineTFMA YouTube content creator has produced a YouTube video (after the jump) taking aim at “Dateline NBC” for using his clips without proper attribution.

Last Friday, “Dateline” aired a story about a California man who was killed by an explosion that used a rat trap as its triggering mechanism. For demonstration purposes, “Dateline” producers used several rat trap videos from the YouTube creator TAOFLEDERMAUS. But not only did the show not contact him to request permission to use them, but, in what TAOFLEDERMAUS calls, “another dirty thing they did,” producers cropped out his watermarks.

“I’m a little disgusted with the producers of the show and NBC for their lack of professional courtesy,” the YouTuber says in his video.

A “Dateline” spokesperson says the clips fall under the fair use doctrine. “Some of the material was used as evidence at the trial that was the subject of the Dateline report,” spokesperson Monica Lee tells TVNewser. “The brief excerpts were a legally permissible fair use.”

But this bring up a larger question. How often do news broadcasts argue “fair use” when using originally-produced YouTube clips? And what happens when the video is used to demonstrate a heinous crime, as was the case here? As TAOFLEDERMAUS found out, commenters began accusing him of somehow being an accessory to the murder.

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Gregg Jarrett Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

gregg jarrettThe AP reports Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct today for a May incident with police at the Minneapolis airport.

Gregg Jarrett, 59, entered his plea by petition and didn’t appear in Hennepin County District Court. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said Jarrett’s plea was put on hold for a year and will be thrown out if he doesn’t commit the same or similar offenses and if he abides by certain conditions. Among them, Jarrett can have no alcohol or drug offenses and he must complete treatment.

In response to the airport incident, where a reportedly intoxicated Jarrett refused to follow police orders, Fox News said, at the time: “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.” The anchor, who joined FNC from MSNBC in 2002, has been on personal leave since early May.

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