"No one has ever died while medicating with cannabis ... God made a plant for mankind, and the government has sought to destroy it." — Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) as quoted in the Salon.com article "Tennessee's Legal Weed Fight Heats Up."
Faison may have found God on the issue, but his Republican colleagues in the Tennessee House of Representatives killed the Volunteer State's collective buzz in March when they passed legislation to stop decriminalization efforts in Memphis and Nashville.
We are entering uncharted media waters. Very soon the overwhelming majority of Tennessee's major-daily, Gannett-owned newspapers will be edited and assembled somewhere other than Tennessee.
To give you some idea of what to expect when this happens, consider all the extra-weird mistakes that have been showing up in The Commercial Appeal lately. It almost seems like the whole newspaper is being assembled and edited somewhere other than Memphis — because it is! It's edited at the Nashville Design Studio.
Or, should I say it was? Last week, Gannett announced plans to shutter the Nashville studio consolidating all editing and design work at the company's remaining hubs in Des Moines, IA; Louisville, KY; and Phoenix, AZ.
AdAge is now reporting conservative media concerns regarding an impending FCC ruling that would allow the Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Tribune Media. The deal would bring Sinclair's total holdings to 233 local TV-news stations, including Memphis' top-rated station, WREG.
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy asked the FCC to delay its decision saying, "I think it needs more vetting." Both Newsmax and Sinclair admit conservative bias.