Powered by Topple

Mark Cuban says law to regulate content on news networks will solve problems overnight

Yahoo Finance
(Screengrab)

Powered by Topple

Billionaire Mark Cuban took to Twitter to show just how little grasp he has on the current state of journalism in America, albeit in a well-intended tweet on the need for honest, fact-based news to reduce partisanship in the country.

The owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks announced he would vote for any politician who would back a fact-checking requirement for news networks, the problem being who is checking the facts, as established fact-checking services almost exclusively lean left.

And when it comes to controlling speech, there’s that document known as the U.S. Constitution.

Cuban tweeted: “Any politician that says they will push for a law that says no tv or streaming network can brand,market or name themselves a News Network unless the 6 most viewed hours of every night is >80% fact checked news and opinion is clearly labeled as opinion only, gets my vote.”

“IMO, It would reduce the partisanship in this country almost overnight,” he said in a follow-up tweet.

Of course, this does nothing to address one of the biggest biases of all, that being the stories that are NOT reported on.

Cuban stood by his suggestion though, even responding to inquires, such as would he want government deciding what the truth is?

His response was to compare journalism to the standard of categorizing books, before gong off in a whole different direction about politicians lying in political ads.

He also compared it to mislabeling products when asked about opening a can of worms.

Cuban was less interested in naming offenders, though the list of is fairly compact.

In a show of how uninformed he really is, Cuban suggested “peer review” as a means to ensure honest reporting.

Seriously.

“News reporters will hold each other accountable,” he tweeted. “Sure there will be misses and issues, but it works fairly well in other originated content industries and would certainly be an improvement over now and in the case of news, reporters accuracy is career impacting.”

Perhaps we can get CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta to head up that endeavor.

On that note, the Center for Public Integrity reported that in the 2016 general election campaign, 96 percent of donations from journalists went to the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

The Media Research Center said that between 2008 and 2016, 94 percent of donors affiliated with ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the New York Times, and the Washington Post contributed to Democrats.

Despite its often toxic nature, social media actually produced some sound ideas on the matter. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

Comments

Latest Articles