Not really. In many subject areas (especially ones not related to politics), there are plenty of free sources that offer a consistently better product than anything people charge money for. If you’re after saying, entertainment or tech news (like in the gaming or film worlds), then you’re likely to find much better information for free online.
For example, a channel like Slopes Game Room or a site like Source Gaming may offer much better content than the likes of Game Informer.
And if you’re after a specialist area of study, it’s more likely the person with the most expertise is running a blog or YouTube channel instead of in a mainstream publication.
Like this guy and Mario 64:
Or this one and the Pet Shop Boys:
Of course, not everyone will be able to find every ‘good’ source about every subject matter, which is where the old media came in. They basically acted like what Reddit does now, except with a professional editor and journalists instead of users (aka found the stories waiting to be told elsewhere and put them in one place).
But I would heavily question the idea of you need to pay for good content.