In that vision, the relative freedom of the newspaper flowed from its acceptance of revenue only from subscribers and for publication of legal notices. Which may explain a lot about why the goal was never realized.
But in the present milieu, not even subscribers are required if you have a working computer and a decent internet connection. I've got both, so the dream of a news publication beholden to no commercial bias can finally be realized, especially now that I am retired with a fully-vested retirement income.
Not that my plans include only news reports. We'll see how this develops, but having had a few special subject blogs and other web sites, I've long felt the need for a blog where i was not confined to any particular subject. So don't be surprised if you find a potpourri of topics being stirred here.