There is no question: The Internet changed the scape of mass media during the last part of the 20th century and the first decade of the new millennium, and it is a valuable informational tool. However, with so much information, it can be difficult to discern the legitimate from illegitimate. News is immediately available in abundance and opinion flows freely, while the truth is easily lost. A lie repeated in enough messages can masquerade as truth when it goes viral.
With a growing number of publications and broadcasters, the First Amendment guarantee of a free press can be confused not only by the Internet, but also by billionaires and a small list of giant media conglomerates. The facts may still be reported, but there is a question of credibility when the company or individual has an interest in the news that is disseminated and the writer or editor self-edits, in fear of reprisal.