January 27, 2015 7:00 am -

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will provide pre-written news stories for news outlets. Just like what they teach you in journalism school. [su_center_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

26 responses to Indiana Starts State-Run News Service, Just Like They Have In Communist Countries

  1. tracey marie January 27th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I saw this and the teabaggs are saying this is good since the libs have msnbc…not one sees the diffrence or cares to even understand how bad this is.

    • rg9rts January 27th, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thwack PIQUE

    • Dwendt44 January 27th, 2015 at 11:45 am

      They think FakeNews is ‘fair and balanced’.

    • fahvel January 27th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      you are right – they just echo the bullshit but never apply thought to their automatic responses. I still wait – not often – for an intelligent thought out response from your right wing.

  2. Carla Akins January 27th, 2015 at 8:47 am


  3. Wayout January 27th, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Wait a minute, hasn’t the Obama White House done something like this already? I can distinctly remember some stories by the main street media being upset that Obama was not allowing them their own photographers inside the White House as has been customarily done. Total control by the leftist White House is the order of the day.

    • arc99 January 27th, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Every President determines the media access to their administrations.

      Total stupidity and ignorance from right wing ideologues is the order of the decade. In any case, the story is about a right wing governor implementing a government news agency. Not just photographers but editorial content as well.

      It shows your staggering hypocrisy that you criticize the President’s policy which applies only on White House grounds, but you have not a single word of criticism the “total control” in Indiana you pretend to be so outraged about.

      I ask you bluntly, why are you right wingers such hypocrites? If the President were handing out pre written news stories, you would be all over this forum ranting about tyranny or some nonsense.

      Sarah Palin raised oil company taxes in Alaska to increase the checks that go out every year to every man, woman and child in the state, regardless of need. Kindly provide a link to a forum where you called her a socialist

      I know it probably does not bother you to be called a hypocrite by the likes of me. Just remember that having lost 5 of the last 6 Presidential elections, the nonstop ignorance, lies and hypocrisy that spews from your side of the political aisle does not change any minds that your way is better. So keep lying and being a hypocrite. We members of the Democratic party will just keep winning the White HOuse.

    • OldLefty January 27th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Allowing photographers in for personal photos is nothing like your OWN media, (which is what the Rightist white house media has “customarily” done since Reagan).

      “Leslie Janka, who worked as a press officer who worked in both (Nixon and Reagan) administrations. “They’ve got to write their story every day. You give them their story, they’ll go away. As long as you come in there every day, hand them a well-packaged, premasticated story in the format they want, they’ll go away. The phrase is ‘manipulation by inundation.’ You give them the line of the day, you give them press briefings, you give them facts, access to people who will speak on the record…. And you do that long enough, they’re going to stop bringing their own stories, and stopping investigative reporters of any kind, even modestly so.”

      Saul Friedman of Knight-Ridder

      “What is more the problem, and it’s more subtle, is that editors and publishers around the country are in a milieu in which Reagan is liked. They go to the country club or the cocktail parties or the Rotary Club lunches; that’s the way it works. If you want to be classical about it, newspapers in many of our cities are edited these days for the people who do vote, who do buy, who do advertise, who have profited a great deal from Ronald Reagan’s presidency, for what I call the Bloomingdale’s part of town and not necessarily the K Mart part of town.”

      Then, in Bush’s time, remember the VNR, “video news release” a video segment made to look like a news report, but is instead created by a PR firm, advertising agency, marketing firm, corporation, or government agency. ?
      The GAO concluded that the Department of Education had violated the law when it distributed a similar video news release using Karen Ryan as a “reporter” touting the No Child Left Behind program of the Bush administration.

      Remember Jeff Gannon?

    • fahvel January 27th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      how’s life in your dumb bubble?

  4. mea_mark January 27th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Indiana must want to join Kansas, Texas and Florida in the most screwed up state contest.

    • arc99 January 27th, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Saw an interesting story on Kansas the other day. Gov. Brownback’s right wing agenda is imploding. The state is in serious financial difficulty. So what are right wingers doing? What they always do, blame someone else. However in Kansas, when it comes to finger-pointing, there is no one to point the finger at besides other right wingers.

      Hard to feel any sympathy for these red state voters. This is what they wanted. This is what they got. Hating the President of the United States is not a governing strategy. Who knew?

      Here the governor explains how the tax cuts he signed into law are not his fault. Right wing denial at its finest.

      Brownback casts blame on Legislature for budget shortfall

      Gov. Sam Brownback appeared to distance himself from the budget impacts of tax cuts he signed into law two years ago when he spoke to members of the Topeka business community.

      • Dwendt44 January 27th, 2015 at 11:42 am

        His likely ‘cure’ will be doing more of the same.
        We’ve known that you can’t cut your way to prosperity and tinkledown doesn’t work. Yet the wacky right keeps trying.

    • Foundryman January 27th, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Mike Spence is about as far right as anyone can get, he’s just been playing his hand close to his chest since he became governor. It looks like he’s going to ‘come out’ from behind Brownback’s and Walkers skirts for a while.

    • rg9rts January 27th, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi. both Carolinas ………

      • Foundryman January 27th, 2015 at 11:49 am

        Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri…..

        • rg9rts January 27th, 2015 at 11:50 am

          Pretty much the red states

          • Foundryman January 27th, 2015 at 11:50 am


  5. Suzanne McFly January 27th, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Faux entertainment already does this, its not enough to satisfy the Governor, he needs to use state funds to distribute more propaganda?

  6. Foundryman January 27th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Spence knows the power of propaganda can bring in millions of dollars from the gullible and uninformed, he’s been on FoxNews many times.

  7. Jimmy Fleck January 27th, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Isn’t this called a press release? Are news outlets required to run these stories? Who writes the stories for this website –

    • arc99 January 27th, 2015 at 11:32 am

      A press release is a communication delivered to the media for distribution to the public.

      As noted in the original article on this story, part of the plan is to completely bypass the media. Big difference.

      “”””At times, Just IN will break news — publishing information ahead of any other news outlet. Strategies for determining how and when to give priority to such ‘exclusive’ coverage remain under discussion,” according to a question-and-answer sheet distributed last week to communications directors for state agencies.”””””

  8. rg9rts January 27th, 2015 at 11:17 am

    So what else is new?

  9. arc99 January 27th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    On a positive note, even Gov. Pence realizes the Obamacare is working.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has struck a long-awaited deal with the White House that allows the state to move forward with its own plan to expand Medicaid while still receiving a windfall of federal dollars.

  10. Foundryman January 27th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Just noticed the ‘Now read this” notice above…”ISIS to launch cable channel”….Now we know where Pence got the idea from…his terrorist pals…

  11. ExPFCWintergreen January 27th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Da, tovarich!

  12. fahvel January 27th, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    my great radio found red eye radio from texas – 11pm pacific time – two guys, completely evil and twisted with a nine word vocabulary – don’t worry about silly governors – worry about psychopaths with attitude on your am radio stations.