An infringement on the freedom of the press, or the confidentiality of sources, is a threat to democracy regardless of whether it targets an actual news agency or a mockery thereof.
There is no Free Press in the US, unless it is publicly financed Free Press. Corporate Free Press is Press directed by leadership to maximize profits for its consortium of shareholders and board of directors. Stop whining about attacks on the Free Press when the Press is not immune to violating the laws any more than you or I. The day the Free Press embedded themselves with Commercial Profiteers is the day they opened the door to the limitations of Commercial Free Speech.