Okay, okay, okay. Okay, I nearly flipped my lid when I read this. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana is planning to start a state-run media outlet called “Just IN” (oh, I get the double entendre, how effing cute….and not) that is going to provide scripted, pre-written news pieces written by state press secretaries. Republican or Democrat it doesn’t matter to me, and I don’t care if the whole project is going to be under the control of someone who used to work for the Indianapolis Star. This is a great big pile of BS.
What I do care about is that the tax payer is going to fund a service that writes its own news blurbs and passes them out to smaller media outlets as well as “break news” about his own administration. I don’t know why he is calling a news service when what he has described is a propaganda machine. This is quite literally one of the stops on the train to totalitarianism. Controlling the Press is right there with Set up an internal Surveillance system (oh, shit we have totally done that) and Harass citizens’ groups (gulp, Lois Lerner and the jack boots at the IRS were running that program as early as maybe even 2010). Yeah, a state-run media is totally a good idea I guess. Again if you want a totalitarian state you have to start small and start somewhere with test programs that you can expand until the cover the country. Americans need to continue to push back against this creeping control on the media, no matter who proposes we should start curtailing journalists for state-run news.
But tell you what, maybe Mike Pence should have named his media site that is going to open in February something a little more appropriate for what he is doing. He should have called it, Hail Victory!: A state-run news site…or maybe just what Hail Victory translates to in German: Sieg Heil.
State run media, no. Media by the people and for the people, yes. Hail Freedom of Speech and of the Press you arrogant bastards.
You can let Gov. Pence know how you feel by flaming him on Twitter @GovPenceIn or hitting up #JustIN. Let him know how much you appreciate his bald-faced attempt at socialist media.