Once again, we see big companies purchasing legislators to empower large mainstream media and secure an advantage over smaller media outlets and independent content creators.
(2) NEWS CONTENT CREATOR.—The term ‘‘news content creator’’ means—
(A) any print, broadcast, or digital news organization that—
(i) has a dedicated professional editorial staff that creates and distributes original news and related content concerning local, national, or international matters of public interest on at least a weekly basis; and
(ii) is marketed through subscriptions, advertising, or sponsorship; and
(i) provides original news and related content with the editorial content consisting of not less than 25 percent current news and related content; or
(ii) broadcasts original news and related content pursuant to a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission under title III of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 301 et seq.).
(3) ONLINE CONTENT DISTRIBUTOR.—The term ‘‘online content distributor’’ means any entity that—
(A) operates a website or other online service that displays, distributes, or directs users to news articles, works of journalism, or other content on the internet that is generated by third party news content creators; and
(B) has not fewer than 1,000,000,000 monthly active users, in the aggregate, of all of its websites or online services worldwide.
CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media companies to form an alliance to collectively bargain with Big Tech platforms to promote and, more importantly, protect and limit their content
Once again, the media moguls and tech tyrants unite to legislatively strengthen their control over what a user may discover, see or hear.
And, not so coincidentally, protect the big social media platforms from being broken up due to their quasi-monopolies in today’s information marketplace.
Who are the initial GOP sell-outs of this progressive communist democrat legislation?
This bill creates a four-year safe harbor from antitrust laws for print, broadcast, or digital news companies to collectively negotiate with online content distributors (e.g., social media companies) regarding the terms on which the news companies' content may be distributed by online content distributors.
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
(b) LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.—A news content creator may not be held liable under the antitrust laws for engaging in negotiations with any other news content creator during the 4-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act to collectively withhold content from, or negotiate with, an online content distributor regarding the terms on which the news content of the news content creator may be distributed by the online content distributor, if—
(1) the negotiations with the online content distributor—
(A) are not limited to price;
(2) the coordination between the news content creators is directly related to and reasonably necessary for negotiations with an online content distributor that are otherwise consistent with this Act; and
(3) the negotiations do not involve any person that is not a news content creator or an online content distributor.
This is only part of the source consolidation and censorship/cancellation push. The next part is the modification of copyright legislation.
Why should some of the big social media players like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram be given an antitrust exemption after lying to the public about the Russia hoax, the Ukraine hoax, the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop information, and, most of all, the manipulation of the COVID-19 narrative and cheaper alternative therapeutics?
Enough is enough!
We will be so screwed if we allow our bought-and-paid-for politicians to ignore their constituencies and pander to the special interests as important election cycles approach.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS