Major news organs not only define public opinion, they reflect it. They are the ones asking the questions which, when they cannot be answered truthfully, expose lies. They ask what ordinary people want to know, the questions of the public they represent...
Traditional newspapers and magazines, as well as some of the new online ones, have a large readership (which I do not correlate with clicks, shares, and likes). When they are excluded, the pertinent questions are excluded from the national debate.The President by the very nature of his office and the norms of Democracy, must explain his actions to the American public and the press is the mediator in this.
And this comes from a skeptic, who has had a couple opportunities to join the media but declined, when informed that the readership might like to know about "gaming competitions" in Hong Kong.
For those interested enough to click a small hyperlink, the work in progress Namida (Borderlands) V9 is up on Soundcloud. This is what we worked off of, adding auditory colorations that will hopefully provide infill and expand the song to 13 minutes in length. Respectable Miles Davis territory.
A little publicity, this is Maura's concert tonight: