Freedom of the press is a tool that those in power use to mislead the masses into believing that they live in a free country. The press is among the biggest businesses in the world and like all big businesses it is close to the ruling class. Safeguarding the interests of the ruling class, not that of the nation or the masses, is the priority for the press.
The newspapers and TV channels create propaganda on behalf of the government and deceptively project it as a sign of national freedom. With their 24/7 propaganda they lower the intellectual standards and dumb down the nation, rendering people incapable of understanding the full complexity of the problems that their society faces.
There is as much corruption, dogmatism, and perversion in the press as there is in the ruling class. Most nations where the press industry is very powerful tend to be fascistic and dumb, even though outwardly they might create the impression of being a democracy.