Ut oh. You are not going to get an A in reading comprehension. Nowhere in my piece do I modify the term “press” with “free.” I know. I checked just to be sure.
I called the attacked press organizations “mainstream.” I said that John McCain defended “freedom” by championing the press as “a pillar of democracy.”
If you bothered to read Enemy of the People, you would have understood what I meant by my line, “In a town where politicians and the press hold the power to inform or conceal, …” In Ibsen’s plot, the press crumples and becomes complicit with the politicians and business interests.
Nothing is simple.