Democrat Jon Ossoff remains silent on left-wing calls to block media cartel bill


Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) has remained silent on left-wing calls to block the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a bill that progressives say would be a boon for media conglomerates and harm independent media.

The Re:Create Coalition wrote to Ossoff, “The highly controversial and wholly independent JCPA should not be tied to inescapable legislation like the NDAA. @SenOssoffoppose the JCPA, which would enrich media conglomerates and subvert independent, minority-owned and local news.

Leftists urged Ossoff and other senators to oppose the JCPA as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed including the bill in the authorization act of National Defense (NDAA). The bill would create a media cartel, which would allow its members to negotiate with big tech.

Ossoff and his office did not respond to Breitbart News regarding the left’s campaign to block the JCPA.

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents the interests of the black press, wrote that many black and minority-owned news outlets are run in a manner independent and that the JCPA pockets massive media conglomerates and hedge funds, and leads to the proliferation of harmful misinformation.

Honoré Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, speaks at the second annual Vote It Loud Multicultural Media Correspondents’ Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The NNPA chief wrote that hedge funds and media “behemoths” have bought up small independent news outlets left and right. He argued that the bill would only benefit large media conglomerates:

Now these same media companies and hedge funds are about to receive huge payouts – with no accountability or transparency to direct the funds to local journalism and journalists. The JCPA would require technology platforms to carry and pay any eligible news publisher for “access” to content. While this may, again, seem well-intentioned at first glance, upon closer inspection, the law defines “access” so broadly that one will have to pay to simply explore a website or share a link. Similarly, while a number of conglomerates are targeted by the bill, genuine independent newspapers or small newspapers are explicitly excluded from the legislation as the bill states that an eligible publisher must earn more than $100,000. per year.

Congress and the Senate should reject the current JCPA bill and go back to the drawing board to find real solutions to America’s local news problems — solutions that benefit all Americans, instead of just giving handouts to the biggest. media companies in the country.

Progressive organizations such as Fight for the Future and Public Knowledge, along with the ACLU and more than 25 other organizations, have launched a campaign to stop the JCPA.

Sean Moran is a political reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.




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