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NYT: Still trying to figure it out
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The New York Times, per reports, is going to end its experiment of charging for on-line content in its "Times Select" subscription (as Dale predicted some time ago):
The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.

After much internal debate, Times executives - including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - made the decision to end the subscription-only TimesSelect service but have yet to make an official announcement, according to a source briefed on the matter.
I remember how Jon used to smack Krugman around on an almost weekly basis when his op/eds were available at no charge. And it generated conversation, debate and, obviously, readers for the on-line version of the NYT. Multiply that across the political blogosphere and you have thousands clicking through to read the whole editorial and, as usually happens, checking out the advertising on the page.

By putting Krugman and Friedman behind the Times Select wall, the NYT killed all of that, essentially limiting themselves to click throughs by their 221,000 subscribers to the service. While Krugman and Friedman were good blog fodder, there were substitutes available and bloggers simply switched their focus and left the Times editorialists to preach to the subscribers. It doesn't seem to have worked out as the Times imagined it might. A little lesson in arrogance and a nice slice of humble pie seem to be the result.

So? So, I look forward to Jon once again, and with relish, smacking Krugman around. It is a thing of beauty and something worth checking for at QandO on a regular basis.
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Is there something to be said about the Post breaking this story?
Written By: ChrisB
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The DeathStar of the Liberal Media has changed its business plan! The witless scion of the Sulzberger Fifth Column just removed the Pay-to-View of his silly squad of nitwit regulars on the Op-Ed page.

Looks like Murdoch taking over at the WSJ has already caused Pinch to soil his underwear!
Written By: daveinboca
"I remember how Jon used to smack Krugman around on an almost weekly basis when his op/eds were available at no charge."

To what ’end’ goal might I ask ?

What would be a preferred ’strategy’ is for everyone to continue ’ignoring’ the Times OFFICIAL agit-prop department as they have done while it remained secluded behind its cone of silence. Of course The Times ’news’ departments would still be as tendentious as ever, but its OFFICIAL opinion center would then simply wither away from atrophy over a short period of time. One area down —- one to go. Defeat in detail, so to speak.

The Times(as it is constituted) needs simply to disappear.


Or in the alternative, to become more of what it now presently is —- namely a ’feel-good’ reinforcement agent for a narrowing group of Manhattan elitists. Thus in essence ’disappearing’ in plain sight.

’Fisking’ it is not a solution. That effort simply ,as you state, draws attention and then MONEY to it. Which is precisely what should NOT be done to a self-absorbed propaganda organ.

Ignoring it is the solution. The ONLY solution.

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