Bipartisan effort to censorship of free speech?

The insidious informal relationship between big tech companies and corporate media that has resulted in information control and censorship will become formalized with a bill working its way through the Senate, falsely named the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA).” The Democrat initiated bill would create a national news cartel that, in collaboration with big tech like Facebook, Google and Twitter, can control the vast majority of information flow to society. In short, it would attempt to codify into law what has played out in real-time with the current censorship of dissenting opinion on corporate media news coverage. This is an egregious attack on First Amendment free speech.

S 673’s purpose is: “To provide a temporary safe harbor for publishers of online content to collectively negotiate with dominant online platforms regarding the terms on which content may be distributed.” It is allowing the marriage of big media and big tech to control information to the public. If Republicans held the line, the bill would have died in committee, but thanks to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a back room deal with extreme leftist Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the bill is likely to pass the Judiciary Committee. Cruz agreed to allow the media cartel to negotiate price with big tech, AND to not prohibit censorship and information control. And there are other Republicans cosponsoring this terrible bill—John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and John Thune (R-SD).

The bill excludes journalists and news organizations that do not have “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.” This means that small independent journalists would be shut out of the information flow. Censorship of dissent surrounding COVID “science” and vaccine “safety and efficacy” is one example of how this bill codifies information control. Other examples include the Russian Hoax and Ukrainian reporting that resulted in President Trump’s impeachments; the Chinese enrichment connection with the Bidens; the investigation and reporting of the January 6 Capitol Hill protests; and the list goes on and on.

You can see the politicians want to legalize big corporate conglomerates to control information, and ultimately control what you think and believe. Anything else, especially dissent against their leftist ideals, is misinformation. Recently, the 5th US Circuity Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Texas law that essentially does the opposite of S 673. The court ruled “We reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say.” The battlelines are being drawn and even some “conservatives” are on the wrong side of the Constitution. Christ said in John 8:31-32 to continue in his word, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Freedom is found in and maintained by truth. These politicians want to suppress truth, so they can oppress you.

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Bill Wilson