And freedom of the press belongs to those who own (or can dictate the contents of) a newspaper.
From the early days of the republic til now…
However, as (Luther) Martin had warned in 1804 that he would do, Jefferson had a media plan. Gideon Granger’s Post Office renewed its printing contracts with publishers of local political newspapers, and the word went out: Burr (recently acquitted for the third time in a third different state on charges amounting to treason) was really guilty. The Constitution was a mere technicality. (Chief Justice) Marshall was out to get Jefferson. Burr won in court and lost in the newspapers.
In major ironic measure, this was because the public had come to trust what Presidents said. Washington had trained them, and the craggy, uncompromising integrity of John Adams had not betrayed Washington’s majestic example. Jefferson was the first President to make to the people assertions he later admitted were not true.
(Burr, Hamilton. and Jefferson: A Study in Character, Roger Kennedy, 2000)
And you think we live in interesting times.
But you can see why, once we had a Security State, they thought it would be best if they just run things themselves. The idea that Democracy is too important to be left up to voters was hardly born yesterday.