Mark Cuban is calling for the government to regulate transparency at news networks so news is fact-checked and “opinion is clearly labeled as opinion.”
“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,” the billionaire tweeted late Sunday night.
Essentially, the intervention would mandate news-only primetime, which would almost entirely decimate Fox News’ current — and extremely dominant — lineup, and put dents in CNN’s and MSNBC’s, too. “Fox and Friends,” Fox News’ morning opinion show, would be safe.
The Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” personality added to his call, “IMO, It would reduce the partisanship in this country almost overnight.”
When asked who would do the fact-checking required for the most-watched hours, Cuban responded, “Peer review ? News reporters will hold each other accountable. 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.”
Cuban did not immediately respond to requests for more details on the suggested peer-review process or what would happen to networks that didn’t adhere to the proposed mandates.
Divisions between news and opinion sections have been growing more noteworthy. At Fox News, news and opinion hosts have publicly sniped at one another using their respective shows. Two journalists left that network in recent weeks. One, Shepard Smith, caught the eye of Jeff Zucker, whose CNN battles allegations of bias from the president himself.