Call it a “Fact Summit.”
The idea is to gather a team of writers, strategists, thinkers, editors and other experts from both sides — reasonable, rational minds from a pool of conservative, moderate and liberal players — who are all on the same side of the truth divide. Lock them in a room to collectively build a database of trusted firsthand news sources: publications online and off, independent agencies, opinion sources, television and radio networks, newspapers and so forth that have displayed significant attention to the highest level of accuracy and journalistic integrity possible with the goal of pushing back against the rising flood of fake news and propaganda sites.
This will, of course, all be entirely unbiased. Ho Yus.
Enter the Fact Summit.
The Fact Summit wouldn’t be a censorship body, nor would it actively engage in fact-checking activities. Its goal would be to act as a set of informal gate-keepers, determining which institutions are worthy of citation, linking, reading and supporting, while also calling out the fakers and deceivers. The multi-partisan nature of the panel will add legitimacy to the findings and will encourage consumers on the right and left to take the results more seriously.
Ho Yus. Completely and absolutely impartial and bipartisan:
For example, a hyper-partisan aggregator might publish a story about horrendously rising health insurance premium rates, while leaving out details about the historical steepness of past, pre-Obamacare rate hikes.
Fuck off Matey
Likewise, without experts to act as fact-sherpas for news consumers, most readers are simply wandering aimlessly through their news feeds, sharing whatever conforms to their personal politics, rather than what’s vetted for accuracy and integrity.
The problem is whose accuracy, isn’t it?
So, yes, fuck off matey. Right off, along with the horse you rode in on.