The New York Times this week ran a series of editorials calling on the federal government to repeal the ban on marijuana. A brave, game-changing move that shows the country's leading newspaper acting like one, or just another sign of how behind public opinion the mainstream media are these days? And what difference will it make?
The Editorial Board, The New York Times, "Repeal Prohibition, Again"
Andrew Rosenthal, The New York Times, "Some Background on Our 'High Time' Series"
Tony Newman, Drug Policy Alliance (in the Huffington Post), "Why the New York Times' Editorial Series Calling for Marijuana Legalization is Such a Big Deal"
Office of National Drug Control Policy, The White House, "Response to The New York Times Editorial Board's Call for Federal Marijuana Legalization"
Hamilton Nolan, Gawker, "Endorsing Legal Weed Does Not Make You a 'Thought Leader'"
Newest Employment Data for American Journalism
Bob Papper, RTDNA, "Women, minorities make newsroom gains"
ASNE staff, "ASNE releases 2014 newsroom census results"
Rick Edmonds, Poynter.org, "Newspaper industry lost another 1,300 full-time editorial professionals in 2013"
Money Woes and Changing Plans
Roger Yu, USA Today, "New York Times profit falls 54% on ad sales drop"
Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media, "Nine Months in, First Look is Still Very Much a Startup"
Mattheew Ingram, GigaOm, "First Look Media revises its focus, wants to be more of a journalism lab than a standalone news site"
Rani Molia and Taylor Umlauf, Wall Street Journal, "What Do Advertisers Know About You?"
BuzzFeed Plagiarism: Ho Hum?
Ravi Somaiya, The New York Times, "BuzzFeed Politics Writer is Fired Over Plagiarism"
Ricardo Bilton, Digiday, "Why ad buyers shrug at BuzzFeed's plagiarism scandal"
Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post, "Chatalogical Humor: Monthly with Moron (July)"
ESPN Host Provokes His Own Punishment
Mike Florio, NBC Sports, "Stephen A. Smith gets a one-week suspension"
Brian Lowry, Variety, "Stephen A. Smith Suspension Exposes ESPN's Bigger Problem"
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast, "ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks"
Sarah Palin TV
Todd Spangler, Variety, "Sarah Palin Launches Her Own Channel Online"
Claire Atkinson, New York Post, "Low bar for success with Palin's 'rogue' streaming venture"
Newspaper Invites 'The Nuge' to Toledo: What Could Go Wrong?
Mary Bilyeu, Toledo Blade, "Rib-Off, rock and roll return in August"