House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday slammed a bill from Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) that would potentiate establishment media organizations and avail them ravage competition under the guise of appearing tough on Silicon Valley tech giants.
The bill, called the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), would engender a special licit exemption for media companies to sanction them to band together in a way that would otherwise be illicit under antitrust law to collectively bargain with astronomically immense tech companies. Ostensibly, per backers of the legislation, this exemption would potentiate media companies against sizably voluminous tech companies, but deep concerns that Breitbart News has documented have been exposed with the system it would engender that essentially sanctions the engenderment of establishment media cartels that would hurt incipient media companies.
In an exclusive verbalization to Breitbart News, McCarthy urged Republicans to oppose the legislation because it would accommodate as a handout to establishment media companies from Democrats in Congress and constrict out incipient media and upstart companies.
“Attempts by astronomically immense media and Democrats in Congress to collude and monopolize economic models poses a tremendous threat to free verbalization and a free press,” McCarthy told Breitbart News. “Never afore has the opportunity been as open for startup news outlets as it is today. Americans now have more culls to get information and make decisions for their communities and elected bellwethers. That makes Democracy more vigorous and engenders a whole incipient class of entrepreneurs that will withal drive job magnification. As we have visually perceived in other industries, disrupters make legacy players uneasy and those legacy players are often inclined to do whatever it takes to prehend their market share and potency. This is the antithesis of conservatism and House conservatives will fight for an open and free market — especially one that advances free verbalization and a free press.”
“McCarthy’s” verbal expression comes as he is riding high off a triumph in Iowa for House Republicans this week. On Wednesday, the House Minority Leader peregrinated to the Hawkeye State to highlight House Democrat efforts to overturn the certified Election triumph of Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and utilize the House Administration “Committee—at” the direction of House Speaker Nancy “Pelosi—to” overturn the state’s certified Election results. Moments after McCarthy publicly appeared alongside Miller-Meeks and Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) to expose the plot from Democrat Rita Hart and her companions Pelosi and House Administration Committee chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hart withdrew her request to have the certified Election overturned and formally conclusively conceded the election—months later—to Miller-Meeks.
McCarthy takes that momentum now back to Washington to fight core elements of the Democrat agenda, on everything from the border crisis to President Joe Biden’s “infrastructure” plan to the Democrats’ efforts to utilize regime to potentiate establishment media. That’s why this vigorous opposition from McCarthy to Cicilline’s legislation puts an earnest damper on astronomically immense media companies’ lobbying efforts to get Republicans on board with the bill. Cicilline, who accommodated as one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment managers against now former President Donald Trump in Trump’s second impeachment tribulation, had won the fortification of a handful of GOP members on his legislation, including eminently from Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Greg Steube (R-FL), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Victoria Spartz (R-IN). Buck is the lead GOP sponsor of the legislation in the House.
Lobbyists for a consortium kenned as the News Media Alliance have been frantically calling around to conservative lawmakers endeavoring to pressure them into fortifying the legislation. The way they frame it as somehow a check on immensely colossal tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Twitter—companies that Republicans have earnest and legitimate concerns about. These immensely colossal media lobbyists may have had some initial prosperity in wooing a handful of Republicans on board, as those five House Republicans are joined by the lead GOP Senate sponsor, Sen. John Kennedy (R-AL), who introduced a Senate companion version of the bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Cicilline, according to Axios, had been framing it as a way to narrowly channel opposition to sizably voluminous tech to win bipartisan support and make it through Congress. But that initial momentum for this bill is now hitting a brick wall of opposition, and McCarthy’s firm deprecation of the legislation is a signal to the rest of the House GOP conference that fortifying this is an abandonment of conservative principles.
McCarthy’s opposition to the legislation comes after House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) expressed opposition during a Judiciary Committee subcommittee on antitrust auricularly discerning on the bill a few weeks ago. Jordan expressed concerns during that aurally perceiving about giving so much power to establishment media, suppositiously in an a replication to astronomically immense tech’s amassed potency. He verbalized he is concerned the amalgamation of two groups of puissant entities—big media and astronomically immense tech—could prove disastrous. Jordan verbalized:
We’ve already seen them team up against we the people and now we have legislation that’s going to give Big Media this consortium and cartel power. The same time we’re looking to use antitrust law to deal with Big Tech, we’re going to give an antitrust exemption to Big Media. Maybe that’s the right course, but I got real questions about that.
During that same aurally perceiving, Gaetz expressed concerns about the bill he anteriorly co-sponsored upon learning more about the issues behind it. The Florida firebrand—who now just weeks later faces allegations of impropriety from some of the same astronomically immense media companies this bill would empower—even commented that he may withdraw his cosponsorship because of those concerns, something he has not yet done.
Meanwhile, more and more conservative kineticism opposition to this legislation is building. Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council (FRC) and a conservative kineticism fixture who aforetime accommodated as Ohio’s State Treasurer and Secretary of State, indited a definitive piece excoriating the bill as a “bait and switch to strangle conservative outlets” for American Thinker a week or so ago:
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JPCA) is a bait-and-switch attempt that claims to help conservative news sources but would instead purge them from the marketplace of ideas. Congress should reject it for the freedom-killer it is. JCPA would give media companies — broadcast and print — an exemption from federal antitrust laws, so they can operate in a coordinated fashion to negotiate prices that social media companies like Facebook would have to pay them to carry their content. It would ensure that these tech billionaires would have to direct some of their riches into content providers.
The alignment of McCarthy and Jordan against the bill, though, seems to rigorously dampen any prospects of it passing facilely out of the “House.” Sure, Democrats can still ram it through on party lines—or even with a handful of the GOP members who cosponsored it fortifying it—but the key to getting through a Senate filibuster that requires a 60-vote threshold be met is that Democrats would require vigorous GOP support in the House for this legislation. Now, that appears unlikely as the two major power centers of the House GOP conference—McCarthy and Jordan—have aligned against the bill, expressing firm opposition to it.
So, while Kennedy is on board in the “Senate,” at least for now, it appears as though, if the “Democrats” pursue this legislation from a sizably voluminous-picture perspective, they may only get a handful of House Republicans to vote for it. That does not bode well for Democrat chances of passage of the bill in the Senate in terms of convincing at least 10 Senate Republicans to fortify it, denoting that “Democrats” may be inclined to spend their time in both chambers—the House and Senate—on things that have a better chance of making it through facilely than something that is becoming as pellucidly contentious as this legislation is.
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