In other words, do we have a free and open path for the flow of news and information to be written and then get to the public? And if not, how bad is that, really?
Very possibly we do not actually, as a practical matter, have a free press if you consider the monopoly control of the delivery system being expressed by big tech, as dictated by an ideology, shared by many in government.
You might think that bias is a problem, but that we do still have a free press. I would argue that what little of a free press we do still have , ( that can get through ),may be about to become moot, and all that will remain will be a black market style commodity, the way it is in a communist country or a severe dictatorship. You will have to read your news always knowing that you are only being told what the state, and it’s current leaders, want you to know. So even if you live in what looks like a democracy, it can hardly be so, because people are not informed, not aware, have little chance of knowing the whole truth, and therefore, will be incapable of any meaningful decisions on their own. You might even be able to vote, but knowing nothing other than what a single ideology wants you to know, how can you use that vote in any meaningful way?
Right now, freedom, and very significantly “freedom of the press” are fighting for their life in this country. While everybody is allowed to have their opinion, you are not to be allowed to deny other people their opinions, yet that is what we are now witnessing in this country. Access to trustworthy news and information has grown more and more difficult to the point where it is nearly an insurmountable problem to find truthful, reliable news, and worse, even if you find it, most others among the masses are NOT making the effort, and therefore only read ever more carefully selected “spoon fed” news, as delivered to you by the owners of your service. Even the most discerning among us can fall prey if we are not careful, being outraged over things that were not real, to the exclusion of the things that ARE real, ( as presented ). Consider the pandemic coverage, and the STILL lingering doubts as to how serious is, and to whom, and what the best course is.
In this community we have direct experience with how the debates about self defense, and the tools thereof, have been misshapen and influenced for the casual observing public, and by extension, the mass perception of allowable and appropriate laws.
You gain near total meaningful control of the press, ( or perhaps more appropriately here, control of what gets through ), with it you gain near total control of government, and through that, with the inestimable aid of the conquered press ( or it’s information ), you express unfettered control of the people.
The word “bad” doesn’t quite seem to cover it.- But what do you think? have I miscalculated?, is there something to do that I have missed?