In a short time gets to grips with paper getting to choose one easy way out (4,6)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'one easy way out' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'in a short time gets to grips with paper getting to choose' is the wordplay.
'in a short time' becomes 'softon' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'gets to grips with' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'paper' becomes 'i' (UK newspaper).
'getting' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'to choose' becomes 'opt' (I've seen this before).
'i' put after 'opt' is 'opti'.
'softon' enclosing 'opti' is 'SOFT OPTION'.
(Other definitions for soft option that I've seen before include "Undemanding choice" and "Easy way out".)