Mark Cuban Calls Out Cable News By Proposing Government Regulation of Rampant Opinion at Networks

 

Mark Cuban dabbled with politics again over the weekend, this time to say he’ll give his 2020 vote to whoever puts an end to the grey area between political news programming and opinion programming.

The Dallas Mavericks co-owner and billionaire investor sent out a series of tweets on Sunday night, saying he’ll give his vote to any politician who advances “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.” He went on to say that if something like this happened, America’s partisan divides would be drastically reduced “almost overnight.”

Cuban also spent the night responding to people who engaged his tweets to ask who will do the fact checking and whether his idea is practical

Since the Fairness Doctrine was raised, lets remember that the former U.S. policy required radio and television broadcasters to present fair and balanced coverage of political issues, and also mandated that they provide equal airtime to opposing views. The policy was controversial since critics viewed it as a tool for the FCC to regulate free speech and determine what’s “fair,” plus there’s the argument that it would be inconceivable for the government to police the amount of broadcasted information in the modern age without major disruptions caused by investigations.

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