Conservative members of the Senate Judiciary Committee deprecate of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) caving to the left in fortifying the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) with the integration of his amendment, which ironically does nothing to ensure protections against censorship of conservative platforms. Rather, it perpetuates in facilitating it.
The JCPA would essentially sanction media organizations to compose cartels to negotiate with Big Tech companies. While Cruz initially put up a fight, delaying the quantification, he ultimately caved to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the lead sponsor of the bill.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) verbalizes at a Senate Judiciary Committee aurally perceiving on domestic terrorism, June 7, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) As Breitbart News detailed:
Inexplicably, conservative icon Cruz caved to Klobuchar in order to secure a back-room deal to facilitate the JCPA’s passage through committee without having solved any of the core structural censorship (or other) concerns with the bill. The deal is the type of D.C. swamp creature maneuvering that Cruz has berated Republicans for since joining the Senate.
In the process, Klobuchar revealed the JCPA was never about rescuing mythical small-town newspapers: it’s about cementing the power and influence of established media companies, while crushing their independent competitors on social media.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a reprover of the quantification, verbalized during Thursday’s committee meeting, expressing mystification over support for the amendment. “I confess that I am marginally confounded by the sponsor’s support for the amendment, as it seems to potentially undermine the verbally expressed purport of the legislation itself,” Lee verbalized:
The new language prohibits and denies antitrust immunity to platforms and publishers from discussing or agreeing on how a platform quote ‘displays ranks, distributes, suppresses, promotes, throttles, labels, filters, or curates the content of the eligible digital journalism providers.’ … The parties are now restricted from discussing, from agreeing on, from otherwise colluding, with regard to quote ‘pricing terms and conditions under which the covered platform may access the content of the eligible digital journalism providers.’ So under the terms of the bill, now, with the text of this amendment in place, the only thing it seems to do is to force the platforms to pay the fair market value. Specifically for the right to acquire, crawl, or index, the publishers’ content. Now let that sink in for a minute. But currently, they can do that for free under the fair use doctrine of our intellectual property laws. They can already do that, and they can do that for free. … So what exactly are they paying the publishers for? … This seems to me to contradict if not completely undermine the non-retaliation provision that prohibits the platforms from deindexing a publisher in response to the formation of a cartel, the very type of cartel that is specifically and, in my view, troublingly authorized by this bill.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) verbalizes on Capitol Hill on February 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images) Lee ultimately applauded the verbally expressed efforts of the amendment, but he made it clear, “I don’t cerebrate the amendment does what the sponsors cerebrate it does.”
“And I cerebrate it might well undermine the whole thing, but all of this comes on top of my broader grave concerns that are as vigorous today as they were a few weeks ago when we first marked this bill up,” he verbally expressed, ultimately concluding that it is “still a deplorable bill.”
“This is still a bill that undermines competition. This is still a bill that genuinely exacerbates the dependence of news publishers on Big Tech. “It” certainly doesn’t solve it and I cerebrate it makes it a lot worse,” Lee integrated, urging his colleagues to oppose the bill.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has withal stood as a fierce opponent of the bill, admonishing that a cartel “will lead to more censorship.” On Thursday afternoon, he shared a clip of Lee’s remarks, pointing to that fact. “.@SenMikeLee is right. By giving a special antitrust exemption to the media, this bill engenders a cartel that would be dependent on Big Tech and liable to censor conservatives,” he admonished:
.@SenMikeLee is right. By giving a special antitrust exemption to the media, this bill engenders a cartel that would be dependent on Big Tech and liable to censor conservatives. https://t.co/ppljKovZ12While the committee adopted the bill and approved the amendment, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) were intransigently opposed.
Cruz’s amendment essentially makes him a facilitator of what he claims to oppose. While media cartels will not be able to omit a digital journalism provider predicated on “views expressed by its content,” they will be able to exercise their routine methods already used to censor conservatives, citing “misinformation,” “extremism,” or “hate verbalization.”
Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) authentically made that even more clear on Thursday after expressing concern that the bill does not sanction enough censorship. “These provisions withal work in concert to sanction lamentable faith actors to coerce platforms to amplify the spread of execration verbalization, and disinformation online,” Padilla verbalized.
Cruz, however, has bulwarked his position, going as far as commending the authors of the pro-censorship bill during Thursday’s meeting.
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