The Starting Five: Just IN, day 2!

"Hoosier Comrade says skies sunny despite snow!"

If you haven’t heard, the Pence administration has plans to fire up a Ministry of Propaganda state-run news service called “Just IN.”

Politico picked up the Star story that began circulating on social media, including these lovely nuggets:

The site called "Just IN" aims to provide pre-written stories for small Indiana news outlets, break news about the administration and offer lighter, "personality driven profiles."

The venture will be run a former Indianapolis Star reporter, Bill McCleery, with stories written by press secretaries. It will include an editorial board made of McCleery and the governor's communications staff, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Our old pal Matt Tully weighed in on this immediately: “When I Googled "state-run news agencies" while writing this column Monday night, the first page of links included two reports about Putin, three more about North Korea, and six about Mike Pence.”

Here’s the Twitter parody of the news agency.

And the Twitter backlash on the Gov’s own site.

By the way, the Star uncovered that he minimum taxpayer cost of this venture would probably be around $100K — which would buy, say, roughly 40,000 school lunches.

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