Conservatives Oppose Ted Cruz Censorship Amendment: This Is a 'Bad Bill'

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Conservative members of the Senate Judiciary Committee disapprove of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) caving to the near successful supporting the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) with the summation of his amendment, which ironically does thing to warrant protections against censorship of blimpish platforms. Rather, it continues successful facilitating it.

The JCPA would fundamentally let media organizations to signifier cartels to negociate with Big Tech companies. While Cruz initially enactment up a fight, delaying the measure, helium yet caved to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the pb sponsor of the bill.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks astatine a Senate Judiciary Committee proceeding connected home terrorism, June 7, 2022, connected Capitol Hill successful Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

As Breitbart News detailed:

Inexplicably, blimpish icon Cruz caved to Klobuchar successful bid to unafraid a back-room woody to facilitate the JCPA’s transition done committee without having solved immoderate of the halfway structural censorship (or other) concerns with the bill. The woody is the benignant of D.C. swamp carnal maneuvering that Cruz has berated Republicans for since joining the Senate.

In the process, Klobuchar revealed the JCPA was ne'er astir rescuing mythical small-town newspapers: it’s astir cementing the powerfulness and power of established media companies, portion crushing their autarkic competitors connected societal media.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a professional of the measure, spoke during Thursday’s committee meeting, expressing disorder implicit enactment for the amendment.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks connected Capitol Hill connected February 22, 2021 successful Washington, DC. (Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images)

“I confess that I americium a small spot confused by the sponsor’s enactment for the amendment, arsenic it seems to perchance undermine the stated intent of the authorities itself,” Lee said:

The caller connection prohibits and denies antitrust, immunity to platforms and publishers from discussing oregon agreeing connected however a level punctuation ‘displays ranks, distributes, suppresses, promotes, throttles, labels, filters, oregon curates the contented of the eligible Digital Journalism providers.’ …  The parties are present restricted from discussing from agreeing on, from different colluding, with respect to punctuation ‘pricing presumption and conditions nether which the covered level whitethorn entree the contented of the eligible Digital Journalism providers.’ So nether the presumption of the bill, now, with the substance of this amendment successful place, the lone happening it seems to bash is to unit the platforms to wage the just marketplace value. Specifically for the close to acquire, crawl, oregon index, the publishers contention present fto that descend successful for a minute. But currently, they tin bash that for free. Under the just usage doctrine of our intelligence spot laws. They tin already bash that, and they tin bash that for free. … So what precisely are they paying the publishers for? … This seems to maine to contradict if not wholly undermine the non-retaliation proviso that prohibits the platform’s from deindexing a steadfast successful effect to the enactment of a cartel, the precise benignant of cartel that is specifically and successful my view, troublingly authorized by this bill.

Lee yet applauded the stated efforts of the amendment, but helium made it clear, “I don’t deliberation the amendment does what the sponsors deliberation it does.”

“And I deliberation it mightiness good undermine the full thing, but each of this comes connected apical of my broader sedate concerns that are arsenic beardown contiguous arsenic they were a fewer weeks agone erstwhile we archetypal marked this measure up,” helium said, yet concluding that it is “still a atrocious bill.”

“This is inactive a measure that undermines competition. This is inactive a measure that really exacerbates the dependence of quality publishers connected Big Tech. It surely doesn’t lick it and I deliberation it makes it a batch worse,” Lee added, urging his colleagues to reason the bill.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has besides stood arsenic a fierce hostile of the bill, informing that a cartel “will pb to much censorship.” On Thursday afternoon, helium shared a clip of Lee’s remarks, pointing to that fact.“.@SenMikeLee is right. By giving a peculiar antitrust exemption to the media, this measure creates a cartel that would beryllium babelike connected Big Tech and apt to censor conservatives,” helium warned:

.@SenMikeLee is right.

By giving a peculiar antitrust exemption to the media, this measure creates a cartel that would beryllium babelike connected Big Tech and apt to censor conservatives.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 22, 2022

While the committee adopted the measure and approved the amendment, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) adamantly opposed.

Cruz’s amendment fundamentally makes him a facilitator of what helium claims to oppose. While media cartels volition not beryllium capable to exclude based connected “views expressed by its content,” they volition beryllium capable to workout their regular methods already utilized to censor conservatives, citing “misinformation,” “extremism” oregon “hate speech.”

Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) really made that adjacent much wide connected Thursday aft expressing interest that the bill does not let capable censorship.

“These provisions besides enactment successful performance to let atrocious religion actors to unit platforms to amplify the dispersed of hatred speech, and disinformation online,” Padilla stated.

Cruz, however, has defended his position, going arsenic acold arsenic commending the authors of the pro-censorship measure during Thursday’s meeting.

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