What RMS wants is logical, good for society, etc. but totally nonpractical and hasn't got a snowballs chance of working since he doesn't understand or ignore how newspapers, print and online both, make their money.
A newspaper hasn't been financed by the price of the paper in your local 7-11 for decades now. that nickel and dime is paying for distribution and maybe the cost of printing at most. The actual money, the biggest part of the cost producing a newspaper has been financed for ages with advertising. Ads from big and small companies but also from classifieds, death notices by relatives (not sure if that custom exists in the US), etc.
So ads are more important than the actual price paid for the traditional papers on dead trees. Now let's move on to the online version of the paper: the pretty much only thing of value one gets from online ads is to be able to directly identify the one watching the ad. To be able to exactly pinpoint the person and then in turn creating a very detailed profile about this person.
So the online newspaper needs to do the same calculation of ads as main income and subscription price, or some other pay per view, as only very secondary or else the subscription will be so outrageous, no one will ever buy one. It would cost probably two or three times as high without ads than the dead tree paper version for the privilege of reading it on your IPad. Very few subscribers indeed for such a thing.
Since the ads however demand a detailed profile as seen above, no newspaoper can ever deliver what RMS here wants.