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Lobbyists want media-Big Tech cartel bill attached to defense spending

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Desperate to pass the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), media lobbyists are attempting to attach it to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill to fund the military.

The JCPA would allow Big Media to form negotiating cartels to gain even more favors with Big Tech. The bill has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. Conservatives are most vocal and feel the bill would deepen ties between Big Tech and Big Media for more censorship of conservative views.

On December 2, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against passing the JCPA.

The JCPA has nothing to do with national defense. It is only being attached to the NDAA because media lobbyists know that lawmakers across the political spectrum will vote to pass a bill on funding the military, Breitbart reported. The bill has failed to get to a floor vote for two years.

Should it fail to pass through the NDAA, its supporters might attempt to attach it to an omnibus spending bill, another must-pass bill on funding the whole government.

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