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Cruz Outmaneuvers Dems, Blocks Bill To Strengthen MSM

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  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz derailed a Democrat-backed bill called The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (S. 673), would pressure Big Tech companies to pay for content from small news outlets.
  • Because mainstream media companies would be excluded, many argued that the social-media platforms would just use MSM content rather than paying for news from smaller news outlets.
  • Cruz attached an amendment barring Big Tech companies from censoring users, and it won bipartisan support.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the bill’s sponsor, was outraged, saying: “I think the agreement that we had has been blown up,” Klobuchar said. She wants to bring up the bill later, but said if the anti-censorship amendment is in the legislation, “We can’t support the bill.”

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