Axios CEO Jim VandeHei encouraged news organizations to “ban their reporters from doing anything on social media” in order to conceal their left-wing biases which he says is hurting the media’s credibility.
VandeHei said in an article on Sunday that he was asked by students at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh what needs to happen to “restore faith and trust in media.”
Writing about what he thinks the media should do to regain trust from the public, VandeHei wrote:
News organizations should ban their reporters from doing anything on social media — especially Twitter — beyond sharing stories. Snark, jokes and blatant opinion are showing your hand, and it always seems to be the left one. This makes it impossible to win back the skeptics.
VandeHei does not call on news organizations to eliminate their left-wing biases in reporting, he simply wants it not to be as obvious so “the skeptics” can be won back.
Blatant left-leaning media bias extends far beyond the echo chambers on Twitter as studies have found that the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been overwhelmingly negative, with ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News giving the president 92% negative coverage.
A Harvard study from last year found that networks like CNN have given the president 97% negative coverage.
VandeHei added that politicians should stop using the term “fake news,” social media companies need to “radically self-regulate” or allow government oversight, and that people need to do a better job of verifying the trustworthiness of the content they read.