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"If the press were not profit-making, who would support it? The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control."

Q1. I understand the sentence until "subsidy and", but not the following part. What does that bold part mean?

Q2. Is that bold part grammatically correct?

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The sentence

The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control.

is correct and understandable

The fragment

with it, outside control.
with subsidies, there will be outside control

is a subordinate clause which needs additional context to make sense.

The "it" refers to subsidies, what the sentence is saying is that whoever subsidizes the press will control what is reported (outside control).

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