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People are so mad at the governor of Indiana

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015
  2. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Because that's how he walked it back. That's not what was originally said.

    "We expect reporters to find the site useful, and some features are designed specifically for media professionals. Just IN, however, will function as a news outlet in its own right for thousands of Hoosiers — transparent in functioning as a voice of the State of Indiana's executive branch," according to one document.

    Also, a "Web site where one might find state press releases" doesn't need a managing editor (who just happens to be a former journalist), nor does it need an editorial board, both of which this particular venture has.

    It's an attempt to circumvent traditional media, like the Jeter site for athletes. An independent media being overtaken by a house organ is never a good thing, but especially bad when it comes to government.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    What is he overtaking?
  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    He's trying to circumvent the traditional media, in hopes that his "news" service will become the primary destination for "thousands of Hoosiers," not unimportantly in a mostly conservative state where he can play off anti-"lamestream media" sentiment. One might call that an attempt to "overtake" traditional media.

    And the walking it back the way he did is complete and total bullshit. He says the new site is the same old monthly calendar with a different look. Yet, in his own internal documents, it is called the "Indiana state news service." Multiple times.

    Terminology matters.
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    When the Qatari government brought its state-run news agency to the United States, a lot of my fellow left-leaners celebrated its arrival.
  6. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Well, then, a lot of your fellow left-leaners don't understand the necessity for a robust, free and independent press.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    What restrictions is Mike Pence placing on the free and independent press by placing all his government's press releases in one place on the Internet?
  8. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    That wasn't his original intent and you know it.

    Again, it was a blatant attempt at circumvention. Until he walked it back.
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Of course he wants to circumvent the news media!

    Who cares?
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    From the original Indy Star story:

    Gov. Mike Pence's state-run news outlet will compete with media

    "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.
    The Pence news outlet will take stories written by state communications directors and publish them on its website. Stories will "range from straightforward news to lighter features, including personality profiles."

    How is that different than a press release?

    And, if it is, in what way is it an affront to journalists?
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  12. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Say "circumvention" enough and it actually sounds like he is doing something dastardly.

    1) He's an elected official. He has every right to communicate with his constituents however he wants.
    2) Just because something has dubbed itself a media outlet serving Indiana, doesn't mean that it has an inherent right to, or an exclusive, on government information. If you don't want to be "circumvented" on the news, do some reporting and find a way to dig out some stories (ones people actually care about) that the governor isn't putting in press releases and on a website.
    Hokie_pokie and Dick Whitman like this.
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