- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2018

Axios co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei argued Sunday that news organizations should do a better job at policing their reporters’ social media accounts, because the blatant left-wing bias is “showing [their] hand” and hurting their credibility among the public.

“News organizations should ban their reporters from doing anything on social media — especially Twitter — beyond sharing stories,” Mr. VandeHei, who also co-founded Politico, wrote in an Axios column Sunday titled, “4 ways to fix ‘fake news.’”

“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,” he wrote.

Mr. VandeHei touted his own company’s social media policy that prohibits “the sharing of political views or derogatory snark online.”

“Don’t say anything on the internet that you wouldn’t publish under your byline or say on TV,” he advised.

Mr. VandeHei said that in order to win back the public’s trust in the media, politicians must also stop using the term “fake news,” which was popularized by President Trump as a way to discredit otherwise mainstream news publications.

“The worst thing for a country is having people believe lies, or trust nothing,” Mr. VandeHei wrote, addressing politicians. “One day soon, something bad will happen, and it will take faith in information to fix it. You erode trust at our collective peril.”

He also advocated for stricter laws to regulate the flow of disinformation on social media websites.

“Maybe it takes a new FCC of social media to force the same standards as expected from TV stations and newspapers,” he wrote. “One thing is for sure: The current self-policing isn’t cutting it.”

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