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Your title for this post reminded me of something that I've been meaning to point out about that famous motto of the New York Times, "All the news that's fit to print." Since childhood I had believed that line represented a promise to readers, maybe even a boast, about the comprehensive nature of the reporting in the Times. But in recent years I have come realize it should instead be read as a warning, as in "Only the news we deem fit to print." It was Caleb Carr's novel The Alienist that introduced me to that interpretation and I have seen nothing in these past five years to contradict it!

May I recommend the Washington Post and the Boston Globe? I check the NYT daily, but these other papers provide the same news 95% of the time. It's the op-ed columns you can't get anywhere else and how necessary are they?

But if the WaPo follows suit...

The only op-ed that's really interesting is Krugman. And his stuff will get spread around fast enough. It will put the NYT in the interesting position of being on exactly the same side as the RIAA in the copyright wars. And that war is already lost, particularly for text -- a trivial data stream.

So much for Brierney's brag that the op-ed writers are the most e-mailed and most viewed pages on the site:

Here's the url for the interview where Brierney brags about the op-eds:


where will i get my dowd fix?

There ARE some op-ed pieces by people who don't work for the NYT that are useful. For example, Sandra Mackey had a great piece on Kirkuk. And, just last week, George Mitchell also had a fantastic piece on the "sacred" up-or-down vote.

You can get all of the Krugman columns, even the ones you would have to pay for now on the Times site, through this site. I also wonder if there might still be a way to get stuff through the International Herald Tribune site that might not be available on nytimes.com. They may think of these loopholes in advance, though.

There are enough other worthy web sites to read, so I won't be paying a cent.

Paperwight: I'm wondering about that too. I've been careful not to excerpt too heavily from any source, but it's going to be interesting to see what the NYT considers acceptable at all in September.

JD: That Tierney interview is going to be the gift that keeps on giving. He contradicted himself in it and it was only 8 questions long. He's such a poser.

Kathy: I have to read the Boston Globe more often. I've been reading Dimmy to see if it's got anything interesting to say.

It's so typical... just a way to open new revenue. I believe people who are willing to spend time on the internet for extra, useful information in news' nature can easily find alternative sources if they are not willing to pay. Then again, a lot of people probably will pay for it just for the sake of convenience, which is probably what NYT is betting on. This nation has been into so many crises because its people choose convenience over anything else. :p

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