There was a time, particularly during the early 19th Century, when newspapers were quite blatant and open about their political leanings; they would clearly align themselves with, say, the Democratic-Republican Party (the predecessor of the modern Democrats, at least in name), the Federalist Party, the Whigs, and eventually the Republicans.
There was mud-slinging and muck-racking aplenty in those days - if you thought that the campaign rhetoric between the Hilldebeast and the God-Emperor was vicious, you would be well-served to take a look at what the party-aligned newspapers had to say about the other side's candidates back when Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were running against each other. That campaign took the meaning of "vicious" to a whole new level.
But the American people, who were fast becoming the most highly educated and widely-read literate people in the world, received their information from sources that took a clear side and allowed their readers to make up their own minds about whether or not they were telling the truth.
Eventually that changed, whereby newspapers took on a pose - and that is all it is - of impartiality and neutrality. I suspect that the industry adopted this silly notion of being "impartial" arbiters of what is and is not newsworthy based on the negative fallout from the infamous "yellow journalism" of William Randolph Hearst and his newspaper empire back in the day, but honestly they didn't change all that much in the century or so since that period.
Even Fox News, bastion of the Establishment Right, has been partially infected with it. Some of its own anchors (*cough Shepard Smith cough*) are or were prone to espousing some spectacularly stupid views.
Today things are so bad that, as I keep telling my family, if (((anyone))) from the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Fake, or SkyNet in the UK, or ABCNNBCBS or MSHIV in the US, tells me that the sky is blue, I will automatically assume that he or she is lying and stick my head out the window to verify the facts for myself.
Subtle propaganda works on Americans. Show Americans enough images of happy gay couples raising kids to be part of a rainbow-coloured family for long enough, and eventually all but the most traditionalist Americans will support gay "marriage".
And at that point, they will have only themselves to blame. Not one of us in the Hard Right will lift so much as a single joint of a middle finger to help them.