I am unaware of when legitimate newspapers began to get taxed, by what administration and why. Does anyone know? I say legitimate to separate those papers that are just advertising pieces or propaganda.
Didn't the First Amendment grant the right to freedom of speech without interference or constraint by the government. Taxes could sure be used to constrain something. Look at what they do with cigarette taxes.
"Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bill last month that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits." - Boston Globe
"America's newspapers are struggling to survive -- and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved", ......, "there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," quoted by Senator John Kerry in the Boston Globe.
I can't believe I am quoting Senator John Kerry but he makes sense this time. Even though I think the national news has as certain leaning, it is still a basic right of freedom.