Republicans succeeded in removing controversial media provision from defense bill

Republicans scored a win this week when they were able to strip a controversial proposal from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

According to Breitbart, something called the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) had been attached to the NDAA at the insistence of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The legislation allows media companies to form a “joint negotiating entity” which would be exempt from antitrust legislation and able to negotiate with search engines and social media platforms in order to get paid for content.

Independent voices would be silenced

Critics say any such entity would be dominated by mainstream outlets which would seek to silence independent voices.

What’s more, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that the arrangement would allow propaganda outlets based in China and other hostile countries to influence what Americans see in their search results.

The conservative group Freedom Works blasted the JCPA as an example of “pure cronyism” that does not belong as part of the NDAA.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. demanded to know why some in the GOP were helping Democrats “to destroy alternative media.”

“Patriots”

Trump went on to hail a group of 10 Republican lawmakers identified in a Breitbart article as being “patriots” for their opposition to the JCPA.

The group is said to include Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

 

Breitbart pointed to Capitol Hill sources who said that two other Republican senators are also planning to oppose the JCPA. However, they have not made their stance public at this time.