Brain Micklethwait of Samizdata starts this post with a warning that it is of far longer length than his usual. His point is very much worth the long read, regarding how the internet is aiding those in power get across the intent of their administrations without the filter of the media displacing the ideas with the scandal du jour. I highly recommend reading all of it. One commenter uses the neologism "disintermediation", being able to get information without the middle man. The biggest benefit is that those who are of the minority who want the meat of the story can finally get it without the opinion of the writer towards both the subject and the readership.
The internet: cutting out the middle man and passing the information on to you.