I know that was a typo, fee instead of free, but it reminds me that a lot of the press I read voraciously not so long ago is now behind paywalls. This has been true for a long time in that newspapers and magazines have always charged since they cost money to produce - with the exception of a portion that survive by other means like advertising. My long list of news sites to scan over has been getting a lot shorter because of paywalls, and I'm seeing that as class (financial) highly affecting the information available to the masses of us. While charging was always in the mix, to me it seems more of a class cutoff than before. Before, one could buy a newspaper once in a while at a news stand if you had the money that day.
True that there blogs, good bad and indifferent, but even those require possessing a computer or similar apparatus that costs money too.
Not that I have solutions: I'm not looking for an electronic news stream across the blue sky - just that I wish there were more outlets for in depth news writing. My nearest library (oh, four miles or so) has an amazingly lousy newspaper/magazine archive and very few computers for someone who doesn't own one.
Lack of knowledge of what is going on in one's area or country or the whole world can affect democracy in a kind of isolation.