One of the Left's mantras (and the new wierd hard right's as well) is that the press is controlled by the Corporations that own and/or advertise through it, and that all the news we see is just what the Bushitlerhaliburtonchimp and his Illuminati buddies want us to see.
If it's not abundantly clear to you by now that most of the mainstream press is very sympathetic to the liberal end of the spectrum if not card-carrying members and that their reporting reflects it, then you have your head in the sand.
So I don't even buy that the Conservative Elite control the press. True to their conservative principles, they stay out of it so much that the liberal people who make up the press are pretty much allowed to run amok.
In the Left's eyes, anyone who makes a buck off of anything is exploiting someone. Making money is bad. Communism is their logical goal. The opposite end of the political-economic systems from Communism is Capitalism. Capitalists are conservative.
Therefore, those who run the press are conservative capitalist pigs. And the news spews their agenda (riiiight... I've seen and read the news.... I don't think so).
But even supposing this is true, what are the alternatives? State-run press? BAAAAAAAAAAD idea. If you think Capitalists are corrupt, take a look at politicians. How about press anarchy? Well, to tell you the truth, that's kind of what blogs are, but blogs wouldn't have much fuel if somebody weren't out there with cameras and microphones, and press members can't eat their words for sustainence. They gotta work for somebody.
Right, then, so we're back to companies that sell stories for profit so that the can pay their employees.
There are, of course, inherent problems with this. Controversy sells, and the press constantly tries to manufacture it where there is none. However, there are problems with internal combustion engines, too -- and I still own one.
Bloggers may, in the end, be a good balancing agent for the press. We ask questions they overlook, and scrutinize their stories -- and each others' stories. In the end, we may be on to something.