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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

Sarah Palin Launches Her Own TV Channel Online (Variety)
Sarah Palin — former governor of Alaska, erstwhile candidate for VP of the U.S. and polarizing public figure — has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet TV network that promises direct access to her and her supporters. Mediaite “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” she wrote. “So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be our channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.” Palin’s eponymous channel was created with the help of TAPP, the online-video venture formed by former NBCUniversal chairman Jeff Gaspin and former CNN U.S. president Jon Klein. HuffPost The site will feature political commentary, interviews, user-contributed content and updates from the Palin household. The channel’s home page features a national debt ticker and a countdown clock to President Barack Obama’s last day in office. USA Today / On Politics In a video on sarahpalinchannel.com, Palin calls the new subscription-based network a “community” where she and viewers can share ideas. “I want to talk directly to you on our channel on my terms and no need to please the powers that be,” she says, promising to go beyond soundbites and to “cut through the media’s politically correct filter.” The Sarah Palin channel will cost $9.95 a month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription.

Fox’s Jarrett Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct (The Associated Press)
A Fox News weekend anchor pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct following a May arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in which a police video showed he struggled with officers. TVNewser In response to the airport incident, where a reportedly intoxicated Gregg 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.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jarrett’s plea will be thrown out after a year if he doesn’t commit the same or similar offenses and if he abides by certain conditions, an airport spokesperson said. Mediaite At the time of the incident, authorities said Jarrett refused to follow orders and was arrested. He was released on a $300 bond. A video surfaced shortly thereafter showing an apparently intoxicated Jarrett fighting with the police.

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Media React to NYT Op-Ed Urging Legalization of Marijuana (FishbowlNY)
In the Sunday print edition of The New York Times, the editorial board officially came out in favor of the nationwide legalization of marijuana. HuffPost Debuting what is to be a six-part series, the Times editorial board called for an end to the “prohibition” of marijuana, saying the current ban “[inflicts] great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” The interactive series is to run from July 26 to Aug. 5, beginning with Saturday’s editorial, “High Time: An Editorial Series on Marijuana Legalization.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Times is the biggest U.S. newspaper to endorse the legalization of marijuana. In recent years magazines like National Review and a few state newspapers like the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Star-Ledger Editorial Board have endorsed legalization.