Despite sparking huge opposition from all political walks of life, lobbyists for the world’s biggest and wealthiest media companies are still trying to peg the controversial Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a massive act of corporate welfare for the media, at the end of annual omnibus spending bill.
The purpose of the JCPA is to allow big media companies to form a cartel with the power to coerce Silicon Valley’s tech giants into giving them financial aid and other favors. The bill contains several provisions that would allow larger media conglomerates to weed out conservative and independent competitors, ensuring that Big Tech continues to favor larger corporate media over conservative alternatives.
In addition to early opponents of the bill, including Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT), and Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Steve Scalise (R-LA), more Republicans in the House and Senate have spoken out against the bill in recent weeks, opposing efforts to add it to an omnibus package.
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The new House Majority Whip, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), would agree with Rep. McCarthy’s position that the JCPA should not be included in any year-end omnibus.
Senator-elect Katie Britt (R-AL) also criticized the bill recently, saying it had “no place” in an omnibus bill.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, condemned the bill as a “barnacle” that should not be added to an omnibus or any other “mandatory” bill.
Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, also said the JCPA should not be confused with an omnibus, condemning the practice of attaching controversial bills to must-have packages like the omnibus.
Senator Cotton even said Republicans should filibuster the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after media lobbyists attached JCPA provisions to the “must-have” defense spending bill. ” at the beginning of the month.
Cotton accused Democrats of holding the defense budget “hostage” by adding the JCPA, along with “all sorts of non-defense measures” to the NDAA. Although the JCPA text appeared in an early version of the NDAA, it was hastily removed at the last minute amid a massive bipartisan backlash against the bill.
Attempts to pass the JCPA failed repeatedly during the last congress, as lawmakers slowly woke up to the bill’s true nature: a massive corporate welfare act for the world’s largest media companies. world’s rich – who already receive billions of dollars from the likes of Facebook and Google.
By forcing Big Tech to distribute massive financial donations to the media, the JCPA is nothing less than a transfer of wealth from one set of ultra-rich and ultra-powerful corporations to another.
Patronage for corporate media and exclusion of conservative and independent media are entrenched in the JCPA.
As Breitbart News previously explained, the bill is drafted in such a way as to allow the largest conglomerates that own the largest number of publications to dominate any joint trading entity created under its provisions, since each media company eligible gets a vote in a JCPA. cartel, whoever owns it.
For this and other reasons, media unions that represent frontline workers in the journalism industry have also opposed the bill, calling it a bailout for the hedge funds that own the media, not for regular journalists.
Conservative critics of the legislation also recognize its potential to deepen collusion between the media and Big Tech. The bill allows cartels created by the JCPA to exclude posts on virtually any criteria except the size or “viewpoint” of a post.
The viewpoint provision is designed to reassure conservatives that they will not be excluded, but it rings hollow: exclusion and censorship of conservatives are always justified on the basis of neutral pretexts, such as guaranteeing “trust and security”, preventing “misinformation” or combating “hate speech”.
There are also national security issues. Chinese propaganda outlets are increasingly using Western establishment media to deliver their message to Americans – the same outlets whose owners will be enriched by the JCPA.
Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.