Monday, January 26, 2015
Pence to Create State-Run Media Arm
Tom LoBianco of the Indy Star writes that Governor Mike Pence's Administration is creating a state-run media service called Just IN. You and I will be footing the bill for this taxpayer-run news service that the Governor's Administration says will "break news" and offer stories to news organizations across the state.
At first blush, this is a horrible waste of tax dollars. To create a news organization that's simply a front for a PR wing of the Governor's Office is really scary to me. While the right wing often rails against the "mainstream media" for being "leftist", I guess we should just note that Pence is not making any bones about what he's doing. When you say the media is state-run in Indiana, it's really state-run in Just IN's case.
I don't expect large city media outlets falling for this Just IN lure, but small town papers up against the budget might certainly be consumers of this new service. As you know, there are tons of small town newspapers out there and many local radio stations too across Indiana that might run with Just IN's content.
Since we own it, I think Indiana taxpayers should get notice of all the editorial content meetings that Just IN will hold and show up. After all, we should all determine the content as owners, right? RIGHT!
By the way, almost every public school district will be going for a referendum in the next few years. At least the "Show Horse" will look good for his Presidential run if he spins the articles, right?