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The GOP split on handling Big Tech vs. Big Media

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves after a meeting with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Two mega-stories in media are hitting Washington at the same time, and Republicans are split on how to manage them.

Why it matters: At the heart of the tension is whether government should regulate tech companies (like Facebook) or deregulate legacy media companies (like Sinclair Broadcast Group) to allow them to compete with tech. Passing meaningful legislation to regulate industry usually takes consensus, and a split Republican Party would make consensus difficult.