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Exclusive — Ted Cruz Caves to Democrat Amy Klobuchar on Media Cartel Bill

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Exclusive — Ted Cruz Caves to Democrat Amy Klobuchar on Media Cartel Bill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has caved to the Democrats on legislation that would sanction media organizations to engender formal cartels to negotiate with Big Tech companies, several congressional aides and others habituated with the process told Breitbart News on Wednesday.

If Cruz goes forward with his orchestrations to back—and sanction the senate to advance—the legislation, then he will immediately become one of the most sizably voluminous enablers of the establishment media and Big Tech giants and he could earnestly jeopardize his political future.

Cruz, who had antecedently jammed up a committee markup on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) a few weeks ago, has now decided to give Klobuchar what she wanted and sanction the Democrat proposal to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee to ineluctably be considered by the full U.S. Senate.

Several aides on both sides of the JCPA fight habituated with the matter told Breitbart News on Wednesday that Cruz caved to Klobuchar and has concurred to changes to language he offered in an amendment to sanction the bill to advance. When queried perpetually about it on Wednesday, Cruz’s office did not gainsay these aides’ characterization.

Cruz himself has not replied to inquiries from Breitbart News sent over text directly to the senator. Several Cruz staffers have relucted to answer whether he cut a deal with Klobuchar, and they have relucted to make the senator available for an interview to expound himself.

A Cruz spokesperson would only provide, when asked detailed and solemn questions about the possibility of a deal and what form the deal would take, a generic verbalization claiming that Cruz opposes censorship of conservatives–something that would be inherently erroneous if he votes for or simply even just enables Senate consideration of this legislation.

“Sen. Cruz is a fierce advocator of the First Amendment and free verbalization and he will always fight to obviate Americans from being censored or muted,” the Cruz spokesperson told Breitbart News.

Despite “Cruz’s” office’s refusal to answer categorical questions about this, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering the JCPA again—for the third week in a row—on Thursday. Late Wednesday, the committee circulated a demystifying amendment that does precisely what the sundry committee aides told Breitbart News that Cruz had caved to Klobuchar on: Alters the pristine Cruz amendment text, and abstracts things that Klobuchar verbalized she could not fortify.

The office of Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who had anteriorly undercut the broader bill to back “Cruz’s” amendment three weeks ago in committee, corroborated that Cruz caved to Klobuchar on record to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Proponents of the JCPA—like Kennedy, and now Cruz—have erroneously claimed it would avail conservatives fight back against Big Tech. The legislation does no subsistence of, among the solemn structural quandaries, it has included no favored nations clause contained in it, which betokens that a group of media companies could get together on their own and negotiate a sweetheart deal with a sizably voluminous tech company but that deal would not apply to every media company.

Kennedy’s office verbally expressed in a verbalization to that publication:

We have reached an agreement that clarifies what the bill was designed to do: give local news outlets a real seat at the negotiating table and bar the tech firms from throttling, filtering, suppressing or curating content. The only reason I can see for parties to oppose this bill is that they have a problem either with healthy market competition or free speech.

The pristine Cruz amendment a few weeks ago perplexed efforts by bill proponents to get the proposal out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The reason for that was, while Kennedy backed it—as did other GOP cosponsors of the JCPA—Democrats like Klobuchar were opposed to it. By happenstance, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) was stranded in India infected with the coronavirus and had not designated a proxy vote for himself, so the Cruz amendment was adopted into the bill and GOP cosponsors like Kennedy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC,) as well as adherent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), had not been disposed to vote for the bill without Cruz’s amendment. As such, a visibly irate Klobuchar withdrew her own bill—and she endeavored again last week to no avail. Now, thanks to Cruz’s cave, she is liable to prosper in committee when she endeavors again on Thursday morning.


Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Media, Politics, Amy Klobuchar, antitrust, Big Tech, JCPA, John Kennedy, media cartel, On the Hill, Ted Cruz

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