Shadow Greed: National Association of Broadcasters Harasses Congress for JCPA Media Bailout

The potential inclusion of the controversial media bailout known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) threatened to upend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Powerful special interest groups, such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), lobbied for the JCPA’s inclusion in the bill despite the prospect of politicizing the funding authorization for the nation’s troops.

The NAB came out of the shadows and activated its extensive grassroots network to harass conservative members of Congress blocking the JCPA. NAB is led by leftist president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt, a former Senior Counsel to  the powerful Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The NAB is pushing local broadcasters to call congressional offices demanding that lawmakers drop their opposition in a desperate lobbying barrage.

The NAB has continued its lobbying blitz against conservative members of Congress at a time that the legislative body is trying to prioritize national security by reauthorizing funding for America’s servicemembers.

A senior Senate GOP aide confirmed that the NAB has lobbied the senator’s office regarding the JCPA.

A senior House GOP aide confirmed that the National Association of Broadcasters called the lawmaker regarding the JCPA.

As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and other conservatives have noted, the JCPA has nothing to do with national defense.

In a moment of desperation, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the lead schemer behind the JCPA, claimed that the media cartel bill is vital for “national security.” One day after lawmakers decided not to include the JCPA, she returned to her old talking points, without discussing how the bill is vital to national security.

This would not be the first time the NAB has been accused of being greedy. As these broadcasters emerge from the shadows to demand a media bailout, they have for years refused to pay American artists for using their song recordings on air.

Democrats, desperate to secure a goodie bag for their cronies in the media, chose to play games with American national security by attaching the JCPA, which, according to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), has been described as a bailout for “big media.”

Over the last 48 hours, top Republicans including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr.,  have spoken out against the attempt to tie national security to what is essentially corporate welfare for media conglomerates.

Citing a Breitbart News article, Pompeo also highlighted how the JCPA will indirectly help China, by amplifying the same news outlets that accept Chinese money to influence the American public.

“Giving the media cartel power is bad enough,” said Pompeo “The JCPA’s “China loophole” means this will benefit our adversaries. All Republicans should oppose cramming this bad bill in the NDAA.”

Trump Jr. on Monday questioned why some Republicans would work with Democrats to “destroy alternative media” by passing the JCPA.

Sen. Tillis joined Sens. Cotton, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),  Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and John Cornyn (R-TX), all of whom have either spoken out publicly against the bill or who, according to sources familiar with the matter, are blocking the bill from being “hotlined” by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Broadcasters have lobbied to have the media cartel bill included in the bill even though the JCPA does not focus on national security. Now that the JCPA is not in the NDAA, special interest groups, such as the News Media Alliance and the National Association of Broadcasters, could decide to put it in an omnibus spending bill. However, it appears that special interest groups’ window for moving on the JCPA is narrowing rapidly.

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


Sen. Steve Daines Takes on the Establishment With JCPA

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is one of the Senators preventing the Democrats from ramming the widely condemned Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) through the legislative process without a debate on the floor.

The JCPA is a financial handout for the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful media conglomerates. The bill will allow the creation of a joint negotiating entity, a.k.a. a cartel, to force arbitration agreements on Big Tech companies, forcing them to give the media industry financial and other favors.

Large media conglomerates and their hedge fund owners set to be the biggest winners of the JCPA, with provisions in the bill that allow companies that own multiple news outlets to sign up all their publications to join any new cartel, allowing the biggest conglomerates to dominate proceedings.

The bill also allows the cartel to write its own rules to exclude potential new members, a recipe for sidelining conservative and alternative media. Protections in the bill against “viewpoint” discrimination fall flat, as the exclusion and censorship of conservatives in recent years has always been justified using viewpoint-neutral pretexts, like “disinformation” and “extremism.”

As if all that wasn’t repulsive enough to conservatives, there are also national security concerns: China is using the same media companies that would benefit from the JCPA to push its propaganda. The national security threat is particularly egregious given that Democrats have attempted to attach the JCPA to a “must-pass” defense spending package, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Steve Daines has, according to sources on the hill, voiced an objection. He is one of several Republican senators making life miserable for the Democrats, placing a “hold” on the bill and preventing it from being passed through the hotline procedure.

In doing so, Sen. Daines is doing what his voters back home in Montana want. Gallup’s regular survey of Americans’ trust in the media industry has found it to be at record lows, with Republicans’ trust in the institution at a particularly dire 11 percent as of 2021.

To put that in perspective, the number of Republicans who thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances in 2021 was 15 percent — four points higher!

With the media so utterly discredited, the logical conclusion would be that fair competition is exactly what the industry needs. Instead, some lawmakers want to artificially prop up the industry by allowing its wealthiest and most powerful elements to strike backroom deals with Silicon Valley.

Democrats are desperate to secure a corporate welfare package for their cronies in the leftist media — but it only takes a few bold Senators like Daines to block their efforts.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.


Tom Cotton Calls for GOP Senators to Filibuster NDAA Until Media Cartel Plan JCPA, Other Extraneous Bills Removed

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called on Republican senators to filibuster the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over congressional leadership’s move to latch the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) onto the bill.

Cotton said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are holding the bill “hostage” by moving to add “all kinds of extraneous nondefense measures” such as the JCPA; the SAFE Banking Act, which would allow banks to handle marijuana-related businesses; or  Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) natural gas and oil permitting bill as a reward for his voting for the Inflation Reduction Act.

Cotton referred to the JCPA as a “payoff for liberal media companies to form a cartel to work with big tech that will hurt center-right outlets.”

The Arkansas conservative called to filibuster the bill in the Senate if Democrats insist on adding these extraneous measures to the defense authorization bill.

Cotton said:

If Democrats insist on adding these extraneous measures to the bill, Republican senators should filibuster, and frankly, House Republicans, whose votes are necessary to pass it in the House, should not vote for it either, until the Democrats back down and pass a defense bill that is actually focused on our national security and supporting the troops.

Cotton is one of ten Republican “patriots” that have opposed the advancement of the JCPA. Others include Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO).

Breitbart News senior technology correspondent Allum Bokhari wrote:

The media industry has thrown everything it has into passing this bill, well aware that there are hundreds of millions to billions of dollars of Big Tech money that could be funneled to them if it passes. Over the past two years, the media has fully deployed its vast clout with politicians, which extends across both parties, to get this legislation over the line, and has repeatedly failed to do so.

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


Policy Expert Josh Withrow: Media Cartel Bill a Boon for Media Conglomerates Like News Corp.

R Street Institute fellow Josh Withrow said on Breitbart News Saturday that, contrary to the bill’s portrayal from defenders, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) would only benefit media conglomerates instead of being a boon to local, independent news outlets.

Withrow spoke to Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle as establishment media conglomerates and their allies in Congress have moved to pass the JCPA, which has been referred to as a media cartel bill by conservatives and other detractors.

The JCPA would create an antitrust exemption for the news media and broadcast industries, allowing them to form a media cartel to negotiate with big tech for online advertising revenue. Withrow and many others have said it would only empower establishment media conglomerates instead of benefiting local outlets.

Withrow explained, “The way that this bill is being sold, the reason it’s appealing to so many politicians is because everyone loves their local paper and no one wants to be against their local TV network especially if they’re a politician, right? But, this is being sold as going to solve the local journalism industry, which is in fact not doing so hot right now. But the way the bill is structured, people at the bargaining table are going to be the huge conglomerate companies gobbling up news outlets over the last several decades.

“In particular, the new version of the bill in the Senate right explicitly allows news broadcasters and doesn’t create a size limit and those broadcasters that could be allowed. So, News Corp. and big companies like that will be at the table that gets driven to these sites are already largely driven by the bigger companies in the first place and that’s where the revenue is going to go,” he explained.

“This is not going to benefit independent journalists, this is not going to benefit local news outlets nearly as much as it’s going to add to the revenue of these struggling big corporations,” Withrow added.

The president of the Media Guild of the West, a union representing journalists and media workers in Arizona, southern California, and Texas, said the bill would amount to a handout to Alden Capital, a hedge fund that is the second-largest owner of news companies in the country.

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


Exclusive — Rep. Jim Jordan: JCPA Would Create ‘Alliance Between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Media’ to Censor ‘Conservative Outlets’ like Breitbart News

Exclusive — Rep. Jim Jordan: JCPA Would Create ‘Alliance Between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Media’ to Censor ‘Conservative Outlets’ like Breitbart News

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), if enacted as law, would create a “cartel” between “big government, Big Tech, and big media” to censor and suppress news media outlets such as Breitbart News.

“Big media is going to team up with Big Tech, and they’re going to come after conservative outlets getting the truth out there, like you guys,” Jordan stated. “It is really that basic.”

The JCPA’s proponents describe the bill as a measure towards increasing financial viability of local and smaller news media organizations amid diminishing revenues across the journalism industry due to modern digital sharing of information.

Jordan said the JCPA would empower leftist news media outlets and large technology firms to determine the parameters for entry into what the bill defines as a “joint negotiation entity.” Such media and technology companies, he added, would conspire to exclude Breitbart News and other outlets dissenting from their ideological and political consensus.

Jordan remarked, “The cartel that forms gets to define and determine the terms on who gets in. Do you think New York Times and the Washington Post and Google are going to want Breitbart to be [included]?”

Jordan linked the push for JCPA with a broader governmental campaign to increase the centralization of control and censorship over the flow of information.

“In fact, Lina Khan, who’s over at FTC, is going to administer all this and oversees antitrust,” he continued. “She’s even said, ‘Oh, Breitbart, they’re out there putting out disinformation,’ and so, this is all in mind with what we saw happen in the run-up to the 2020 election, where it wasn’t the FTC then, but it was the FBI going to Big Tech and teaming up there, where government teamed up with Big Tech to limit information to the people.”

The representative from Ohio emphasized the JCPA’s threat to the values of free speech and expression as articulated in the First Amendment.

He stated, “This whole alliance between big government, Big Tech, and big media to keep we the people from getting the facts and the truth is a problem, and I see this in that same vein.”

“This [is a] team-up between the New York Times and Google to go after conservative thought, and they define who’s ‘professional news’ — that’s one of the terms — [and will include] the bias they have against folks like you guys who are putting out the truth and the facts.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty Images)

Jordan described the JCPA as a reconfigured governmental attempt to impose the objectives of the Biden administration’s failed campaign to establish the federal Disinformation Governance Board, a proposed bureaucracy marketed as an organ to protect the public “disinformation.”

“Remember, this is the same kind of mindset that gave us the whole Disinformation Governance Board, and they were going to try to run with that,” Jordan concluded. “This is that concept, in my mind, that they’re trying to form in these cartels.”

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Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla Warns JCPA ‘Plagued by Vague Terms,’ Will Lead to ‘Confusion’

Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla Warns JCPA ‘Plagued by Vague Terms,’ Will Lead to ‘Confusion’

Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) raised additional concerns about the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) at a Thursday hearing following Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) caving to the left’s legislation, which would allow media organizations to form cartels to negotiate with Big Tech companies. 

Padilla, during Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, told members that he supports the “stated objective” of the bill but still has concerns. While he said he believes there needs to be “stronger language to ensure that the revenue from this bill goes to the workers that make journalism possible, and is invested in the highly quality local journalism,” he disagreed with the statements made by his colleagues, who suggested that the bill is “not about content moderation.”

“I don’t find myself saying this very often. But Senator Cruz was right to be concerned about this bill’s impact on how information is both shared and consumed online,” the Democrat confessed.

“But we depart significantly on how the problems from this bill manifest. And while it’s great that this committee spent the last two weeks ensuring that Senator Cruz is comfortable with the bill, my strong concerns remain unaddressed,” Padilla said, essentially complaining that the measure does not go far enough in allowing what he described as “bad faith actors” to continue, asserting that the provisions “force platforms to amplify the spread of hate speech and disinformation online.”

And indeed, as Breitbart News reported, the bill exacerbates the problem of censorship. While these newly formed media cartels will not be able to exclude media companies based on “views expressed by its content,” they will still be able to exclude them based on the arbitrary factors commonly used by the radical left and Big Tech, already, to censor conservatives, subjectively deeming their posts as “misinformation” or “extremism” or “hate speech” if they disagree with the narrative. 

But Padilla clearly thinks the bill does not allow enough censorship. “These provisions also work in concert to allow bad faith actors to force platforms to amplify the spread of hate speech and disinformation online,” Padilla stated, also expressing concern over “the bill’s impact on the open internet and the public’s ability to access and share information.”

“The bill is plagued by vague terms,” he continued, explaining that it “defines access of content as quote ‘acquiring, crawling and indexing content,’ but it does not define those key terms. Does ‘acquire’ referred to an intentional action taken by a platform or would it include every instance of a video or a piece of content that is uploaded by a user onto a platform?” he asked, expressing concern that the bill would benefit organizations such as Project Veritas and InfoWars.

“In other words, is a platform like YouTube, for example, acquiring content when a user uploads a video to its service? If the answer is yes, then this bill creates an opportunity for outlets like Project Veritas or InfoWars to simply upload their videos to YouTube, and then compel payment from the company from the platform,” he said.

“Confusion over the interpretation of these highly technical terms can be extremely consequential,” Padilla added, concluding that the measure “still needs a lot of work.”

As currently drafted, Padilla said he could not support the bill on the floor. However, the committee adopted the Cruz amendment and moved the measure.


Tom Cotton: Conservatives Should Oppose Media Cartel Bill that Will Lead to More Censorship

Tom Cotton: Conservatives Should Oppose Media Cartel Bill that Will Lead to More Censorship

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Wednesday that conservatives should oppose the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) because it will lead to more censorship.

“The Journalism Competition and Protection Act (JCPA) lets the media form a cartel to negotiate w/ big tech. Conservatives should oppose special treatment for favored industries, and a cartel will lead to more censorship. Republicans should vote NO on the JCPA,” Cotton said in a statement.

The Arkansas conservative spoke ahead of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, in which the committee will consider the legislation.

After Klobuchar decided to delay the markup on the bill last week, the Minnesota Democrat said that “democracy relies” on the passage of the bill.

“I’m the daughter of a newspaperman, and I’m not going to stop fighting for local news. Our democracy relies on it. Chairman Durbin has committed to taking up our bipartisan bill in the Judiciary Committee next week,” Klobuchar said.

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, despite its moniker, would create an antitrust exemption for the media industry, allowing media conglomerates to negotiate with big tech platforms for more favorable advertising agreements.

Conservatives such as Sens. Cotton, Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and others contend that the media industry should not receive special treatment and that the bill would lead to more censorship of free speech.

As Breitbart News Senior Technology Correspondent Allum Bokhari documented, lobbyists and other backers of the bill have said the bill would be used to curb “misinformation.”

David Chavern, the president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, said during one House Judiciary Committee hearing that the media needed to be bailed out because it “acted as a clear antidote to the scores of misinformation impacting communities across the country.”

During one Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Lee quoted Bokhari’s Breitbart News article, detailing how the JCPA would be exploited to censor free speech:

These self-appointed mainstream and left-wing media cartels ARE allowed to exclude based on the usual, totally subjective, factors they always do, such as: “trustworthiness,” “fake news, “extremism,” “misinformation,” “hate speech,” “conspiracy,” “correction policy,” “expertise,” “authoritativeness,” etc.

Lee also said that the JCPA would likely violate the Constitution by compelling speech and could serve as an “Obamacare for the free press.”

“When you boil it all down, the JCPA is just a way to transfer wealth from a politically disfavored group to a politically favored one under the guise of supposedly improving competition,” Lee, a conservative who opposes the bill, said.

Senate Judiciary Committee

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


China Daily Spent over $1 Million on Newspapers that Back Zombie Media Cartel Bill

China Daily Spent over $1 Million on Newspapers that Back Zombie Media Cartel Bill

The China Daily, a Chinese Communist Party-controlled outlet, has paid over $1 million to establishment outlets that support the Journalism Competition and Protection Act (JCPA).

Breitbart News has chronicled how the News Media Alliance, a trade association representing some of the most powerful media conglomerates, has showered Congress with millions in lobbying and donations in order to receive support for the JCPA.

Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) disclosures also detail how many of the newspapers that support the JCPA have received significant funds from China Daily, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s State Council Information Office.

FARA disclosures reveal that from May 2021 to April 2022, China Daily‘s expenditures total over $1 million to USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

The FARA disclosure for May 2021 to October 2021 reveals:

  • USA Today received $57,500  in advertising expenses from China Daily
  • Los Angeles Times received $375,207.20
  • Chicago Tribune received $33,250

Between November 2021 and April 2022, USA Today received $230,000, the Los Angeles Times received $300,400, and Chicago Tribune received $29.505.99.

The Seattle Times, which has received $123,444.80 from China Daily, also supports the JCPA.

The China Daily paid the Boston Globe $147,164.36, as reported by the Daily Caller in 2020. The Globe also backs the JCPA.

Altogether, this amounts to more than $1 million that JCPA-supporting outlets have received from a Chinese Communist Party-owned outlet.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

USA Today, which is owned by Gannett, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, which is owned by Tribune Publishing, all support the Journalism Competition and Protection Act.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the legislation during a markup session on Thursday, a rapidly growing number of Senate Republicans oppose the legislation.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) confirmed to Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle that he will oppose the JCPA.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) confirmed to Boyle that he will oppose the JCPA, and a spokesman for Hawley relayed that he has long been skeptical of the plan to create an antitrust exemption for media outlets.

Breitbart News’s Allum Bokhari detailed how the JCPA’s defenders have often said that the bill will help suppress “misinformation.” This includes David Chavern, the president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, and Emilly Barr, CEO of the Graham Media Group, which also represents the establishment media.

Chavern wrote to lawmakers in March 2021 that “the cost of inaction, in terms of the spread of misinformation we are all experiencing, is simply too great to ignore any longer.”

This is why Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who opposes the bill, said that conservatives considering voting for the bill should oppose it.

“Any conservative considering this bill should note that Jerry Nadler is a lead sponsor and cites ‘widespread misinformation’ as a rationale—in other words, they know this cartel will censor conservatives,” said Sen. Cotton.

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



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