THE HOSTILE CORRECTION

With the rise of partisan media and concerns about "fake news," policymakers should note that nothing currently prevents the dissemination of misinformation in the mainstream media. Up until now, maintaining a reputation for accuracy is the only incentive for a news outlet to issue a correction.

 

As the public increasingly chooses media based on ideology and not accuracy, we may need more than a voluntary corrections policy.

What if a "hostile corrections" law allowed opposing partisan networks to request corrections when falsehoods are reported as facts? If a judge were convinced that false information was not corrected upon request, they could order the misinforming network to grant the opposing network their airtime. 

To find out more about how this policy would alter the incentives facing partisan media, email us at info@outsideinnovation.org.

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