We supposedly live in an Information Age economy now - where intellectual property is the main fuel for the economy. And yet we all expect to be able to access everything on the internet for free. So we have an economy based on no money? Kind of a contradiction of terms.
Printed media is a technology that is past. Many of these publications also have websites with free access that is easier to get and free - so why pay for a paper version of it? Those publications that require a membership for online access of their content are able to gain some money back for the expense of creating that content.
This is another example of the government trying to save an industry that has been passed by with the advancement of technology, where there are better, cheaper, and faster alternatives. If you really want to get 'green' about it, the electronic media is much more earth friendly than the printed media. So should we not be encouraging business models that adjust to the current and future needs rather than sink money into saving the old?