This Just IN: Pravda on the Wabash

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Kazzy says:

    What do you think the GOP response will be if/when Dems take control of the state and, with it, “Just IN”?Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    News censored by a different group of paid advertisers.Report

  3. James Hanley says:

    Re: Wabash/White. It’s ok. Half of Hoosiers probably don’t know the White River. The Wabash is the Indiana river, and it doesn’t matter a damn that it begins in Ohio or that Illinois keeps trying to rub shoulders with it. It’s ours.

    Oh, and gotta love those conservatives who worry about government control so they create a state-controlled media. “Pravda” is so apropos.Report

  4. Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    I long ago figured out that while Journalists may bend left, media bends capitalist.Report

  5. ktward says:

    I imagine this would make Goebbels smile. Just saying.

    Anyhoo, I feel like I need an explanation from a Tea Party conservative why tax dollars to PBS/NPR is a bad thing while tax dollars to Guv Pence’s project is a good thing. (I keed. It’s pretty much self-explanatory.)Report

  6. Kolohe says:

    To me, the Pence proposal sounds like they’re trying to create something like this this more than anything else.

    Is the press release a bit breathless on what will more than likely just a series of press releases? Definitely. Will this be a huge waste of Hoosier taxpayer money? It remains to be seen. Is it hypocritical of a member of the ‘small government’ party? Maybe.

    Every branch of government at every level of government has some sort of public affairs presence these days. Heck, most of them have their own twitter accounts. All the Pence administration seems to be doing is slapping a unique (for a government operation – that is, for a American government operation) brand on their usual media machine. It’s not that big of a deal.Report

  7. LeeEsq says:

    This seems like a violation of the First Amendment. American jurisprudence doesn’t allow people to sue over how government uses their tax dollars with one big exception. People are allowed to sue if they believe that tax dollars are being used to violate the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, that is support a state religion. If Americans do not have to pay for religions they don’t believe in than I fail to see why they should have to pay for news they disagree with as well.Report

  8. Damon says:

    Journalism has been broken for a long time.

    And you don’t have to be “conservative” to realize that the mainstream media has a political bent. It’s been noted in several studies/polls of journalists and new media folk.Report

    • LWA in reply to Damon says:

      Everyone agrees that media neutrality doesn’t exist.
      What is finally giving up the ghost, is the idea that it can exist.Report

      • Damon in reply to LWA says:

        Oh really? Then what’s all this BS about “professional journalism” and “independence”? They stop teaching that in colleges now? They didn’t when I was in college.Report

      • zic in reply to LWA says:

        @damon it is my understanding that most people who graduate with J-school degrees go on to work in PR for private companies, not into actual reporting jobs.Report

      • Damon in reply to LWA says:

        possibly. our university had a “mass comm” degree. it seemed to be a catch all to cover politics, pr, and journalism.Report

  9. ScarletNumbers says:

    A friend of mine, who is a Baltimore Orioles fan, refers to Yankees Magazine as Pravda.Report

  10. Mike Schilling says:

    I’m not convinced this is worse than ALEC and their pre-written legislation.Report