The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) is a ridiculous bill, one that only could have been conceived of and written by legacy media hacks.
It would, under the guise of “competition” and fighting misinformation, give legacy media outlets a huge step up over up-and-coming media outlets that have capitalized on the lack of public trust in lying, obviously far left legacy media outlets.
The bill would, in its words, “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.”
What’s important is how the bill describes news content creators. It defines them as:
(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
[…]The likely losers of the bill are the new generation of independent journalists and content creators on Substack, YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms, creators that younger demographics increasingly turn to as trust in the legacy media fades. As they are not traditional media companies, this new generation of media creators would likely be excluded from the benefits of the bill.
Such a bill would be a massive blow to content creators, entrepreneurs, and the American public. It will crush the much more trusted competition to to the corporate press and be a massive handout to companies that lost all credibility due to their blatant lies during the Trump presidency.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
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