The purpose of this article is to provide reasons supported by evidence for the author's contention that the most basic responsibility of the mass media in the US is to remain free and to point out problems created by the press which threaten its freedom. Freedom of the press is undoubtedly one of the most important freedoms in a democratic society. Although influencers or threats exist, the biggest influence or threat is unquestionably the government. The first amendment was not the most important item on the agenda when the fifty-five founding fathers drew up the US Constitution in 1787. The First Amendment does not render the publisher immune from responsibility after the fact of publication, if what he has published injures other well-established and safeguarded rights. Without question, the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press, seems to be at odds with the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the accused a fair trial by an impartial jury.