How can you say you "ostensibly have freedom of the press" in the US when nearly all the medias depend of conglomerates that can manipulate people the way they want?
The conglomerates are free to print whatever they care to. The government does not dictate what stories they can, or cannot run. Therefore, technically, it is a free press.......
When the content of the articles is dictated by a conglomerate instead of the state which improvement does it bring to the freedom of the press?
I have to side with Oblivionaddicted on this Hey ... the name of the game has always been information is power.
At one time if you ran into a guy from the next valley over and asked about the hunting over there the answer would always be "Not very good, how is it here". That didn't mean there weren't any deer in the next valley over ... it meant he didn't want you hunting in his valley.
We have always been at the mercy of those dispensing information. We learn from them what they want us to learn and are forever blind to what they choose to keep hidden.
Personally I even consider what I see with my own eyes somewhat suspect as I perceive the world and it's events filtered through the lens of my own prior experience ... it is far too easy to see what you want to see than it is to see from anothers point of view. Strange thing is I need those other's point of view to see any other way.
The crux is to find those who don't play the game.