Ernest Miller points out that the New York Times’ seems to have taken leave of its senses: NYT: We Don’t Want People to Read Our Op-Ed Columnists
What are they thinking? Is Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman, Paul Krugman and the rest worth $49.95/year? The easy is answer is: nope. I don’t even think they’ll be missed all that much. I’d say more, but others have made the most important points.
Time to start archiving my NYTimes links — what a pain. BBC and the Washington Post from here on out, I guess.
Later: Straight from the horse’s mouth, as the NYTimes starts on its path to EPIC 2014 (a Poynter Institute thought piece in Flash form by journalists Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson – original posting) – NYTimes.com to Offer Subscription Service [pdf] (press release).
The Boston Globe, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Times, has coverage with a telling closing paragraph (particularly surprising in that I only finally tracked the source of the EPIC 2014 piece to the Poynter Institute last night): NYTimes.com to charge for some content [pdf]
While he applauded the TimesSelect move overall, [the Poynter Institute’s Steve] Outing said he thinks it’s a mistake to put the columnists behind a firewall. “These days there are thousands of bloggers and news aggregators talking about the issues these columnists write about,” he said. “If you put them behind a firewall, they might disappear from those discussions”
See also Farhad Manjoo at Salon: Pundits for money (and news for free)