Cicilline on CNN's Reliable Sources

Feb 28, 2021 Issues: Consumer Protection and Financial Reform

PAWTUCKET – Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) joined CNN's Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter this morning.

Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s interview in full. Excerpts of Cicilline’s remarks are embedded below.

"Local news is on life support in this country. Two-thirds of Americans get their news through Facebook and Google. Those two platforms control digital advertising online. There are real challenges here, and we're seeing local newspapers close regularly. Layoffs all throughout the industry. And a real decline in local journalism. We've got to do something about it. And the reality is, this is not just kind of the sale of widgets. This is about access to trustworthy, reliable, local news, which is central to our democracy. It's how you hold power to account, it's how you expose corruption, so this is a real challenge. We will be having a hearing in the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on March 12th on a set of proposals to save local journalism."

"The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act will allow the small publishers and newspapers to band together to have a level playing field for negotiations. All of this, we're going to move forward in the House, and there's significant support in the Senate. I think you'll see real reforms in this Congress."