a state office to write and distribute "news releases" -- "a state-run news organization that will offer pre-written articles to smaller news outlets, as well as break stories about his administration."
How can this be considered ethical behavior by a governor? How is this different from writing, printing and distributing campaign materials on state time?
Will they be labeled as "advertorials", for they fit the definition. We the People are paying to promote Pence's presidential bid (or, at the very least, his re-election campaign).
Comments came quickly, including this pointed jab: "the notion of elected officials presenting material that will inevitably have a pro-administration point of view is antithetical to the idea of an independent press."
What legitimate news organization would publish such obviously slanted "news"? Oh, wait. I forgot about Gannett.