In the new model, on the other hand, the press is not powerful in its own right. The titans’ power flows from elsewhere. The press is, in an economic sense, incidental to their wealth. Journalism under this new model is enveloped by, and dependent upon, interests far larger and quite different from its own.
The press, as we know, can be powerful, as Bezos himself has learned over the years.
But, under this new model, can it be really called independent?