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TIMES UP FOR FREE COLUMNS ON PAPER'S WEB SITE (NY Times Charging $49.95/year, Drudge to yank links)
NY Post ^ | 9/14/05 | KEITH J. KELLY

Posted on 09/14/2005 5:16:40 AM PDT by jimbo123

The New York Times, which had been operating an all-free Web site, nytimes.com, will begin charging a fee for access to its major columnists under a new program called Times Select.

Starting Sept. 19, the New York Times will charge $49.95 a year for online users to access 22 columnists including Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Bob Herbert, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

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Cybergossip Matt Drudge is threatening to boot the Times columnists.

"I will yank the Times scribes if I can't find other outlets that are planning to carry them," threatened Drudge. "The Internet is losing its innocence."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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1 posted on 09/14/2005 5:16:43 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

You mean people would PAY to read that crap online????


2 posted on 09/14/2005 5:17:30 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jimbo123
"The Internet is losing its innocence." said the King of Popup Ads, Matt Drudge.
3 posted on 09/14/2005 5:18:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jimbo123

Webmaster: "Our web site traffic is stagnant. No growth."

Editor: "Well, let's start charging for content. That should improve our web traffic."


4 posted on 09/14/2005 5:19:25 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: jimbo123

If you paid me $49.95 I still wouldn't read this drivel.


5 posted on 09/14/2005 5:19:40 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: AppyPappy

LOL - I rarely go to Drudge anymore, since I get bombarded with popups, spyware, adware, etc. He's a huckster.


6 posted on 09/14/2005 5:20:09 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: jimbo123

who do they think they are charging for their content?
the wall street journal


7 posted on 09/14/2005 5:21:18 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: jimbo123

"The Internet is losing its innocence."

I nearly spit my coffee on my monitor. What innocence? The man's either completely ignorant or he's using a soundbite he knows isn't true.


8 posted on 09/14/2005 5:22:28 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: jimbo123
They were completely worthless free, cannot imagine anyone would bother to PAY to ready their irrelevant babbling.
9 posted on 09/14/2005 5:22:35 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Professional Journalism the Buggy Whip makers of the 21st century)
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To: jimbo123
Paying for the Times?? That's like following your neighbor around, picking up after his dog and paying him for the privilege of doing so.
10 posted on 09/14/2005 5:23:13 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Proud member of the 21st century Christian Crusaders)
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To: jimbo123

Let's see - I don't go there. Sonow I'm suppose topay $49 a year to not go there????


11 posted on 09/14/2005 5:23:37 AM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of Satan)
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To: reagan_fanatic

No more calls. We have a winner.


12 posted on 09/14/2005 5:23:54 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: lainie

Ping


13 posted on 09/14/2005 5:24:24 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: jimbo123

The NYY accelerates its sinking into irrelevance. RIP NYT.


14 posted on 09/14/2005 5:26:27 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage
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To: AppyPappy

The money will be donated to Maureen Dowd's Duracell fund.


15 posted on 09/14/2005 5:26:59 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

For 49.95 you get access to 72 commies? No thanks.


16 posted on 09/14/2005 5:27:29 AM PDT by Waco
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To: MNJohnnie

i second that! the old gray lady is in trouble..


17 posted on 09/14/2005 5:31:18 AM PDT by fatteddy
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To: jimbo123

Cheaper by the roll at Costco.

18 posted on 09/14/2005 5:31:30 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: jimbo123

I hope it's a large caliber they shoot their foot with.


19 posted on 09/14/2005 5:32:52 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: AppyPappy

LOL.....I thought it said that the NYS was going to pay people to read their 'news' paper.


20 posted on 09/14/2005 5:33:02 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: jimbo123

Damn! I already boycott them....Now I can't drop them in protest.


21 posted on 09/14/2005 5:33:03 AM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (Putin 2008!!)
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To: Waco
Maureen Dowd's articles are all the same:

Screech, screech.

I hate Republicans.

Men suck.

Beautiful women suck.

Am I really almost 60 and never-married?

Will my cats devour me when I die alone in my apartment?

Time to down a fifth of scotch and fire up Old Sparky.

22 posted on 09/14/2005 5:33:25 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame, once came up with tbe brilliant idea of selling rancid pond water with the sign "Calvin's toxic swamp concoction. One dollar not to drink." Sounds about the same. That's a shame, because I have a NYTimes membeship, and I only use it in linking.

If we all chip in, we can pay one cent each for one person to get a membership, and then post the tripe for the rest of us to "read".


23 posted on 09/14/2005 5:34:28 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
You should be ashamed of yourself, comparing the Times columnists to dog crap. You should apologize right now, to dog crap
24 posted on 09/14/2005 5:39:12 AM PDT by sticker
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To: jimbo123

Atypical of Libs, raise taxes and think their economy is going to grow.


25 posted on 09/14/2005 5:39:47 AM PDT by StuLongIsland
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To: jimbo123

Why the halfway measure? The Times should up its newsstand price to $5.00 a copy and cutoff its readers entirely.


26 posted on 09/14/2005 5:40:15 AM PDT by OESY
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To: TheBattman

Let's see - I don't go there. Sonow I'm suppose topay $49 a year to not go there????

Hey this is going to be just like NPR!!! Paying for totally worthless drivel that you wouldn't listen to, if it were free.


27 posted on 09/14/2005 5:46:21 AM PDT by newcthem (And Atlas Shrugged.)
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To: jimbo123

As its editorial policies repeatedly demonstrate, the Times does not understand the economic concept of elasticity. Consumers of news have many choices is a highly competitive marketplace. More competently written and analyzed news is readily available elsewhere. This will help spur the conversion from the Old Media to the New: the Information Revolution. At last, the Times journalists are assisting a worthwhile revolution.


28 posted on 09/14/2005 5:47:18 AM PDT by OESY
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To: coconutt2000

Charging people always improves things.


29 posted on 09/14/2005 5:47:49 AM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: over3Owithabrain

I haven't been to Drudge in months since my pop up blocker sounds like a popcorn popper when I go there and virtually everyhting he posts is recycled news from network sources.


30 posted on 09/14/2005 5:51:28 AM PDT by Arkie2 (Mega super duper moose, whine, cheese, series, zot, viking kitties, barf alert!)
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To: satchmodog9
Charging people always improves things.

*chuckle*

The NYT's is probably a lot like a night club that is barely bringing in customers. To improve the number of patrons, the nightclub owner decides to charge a cover.

The owner did not use the money to hire a hot DJ, or a band...

31 posted on 09/14/2005 5:51:48 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: jimbo123

Forget paying the Times anything....they get their points across with the MSM spewing their talking points.


32 posted on 09/14/2005 5:55:12 AM PDT by auto power
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To: Arkie2
I don't go to Drudge since he dropped his link to Free Republic, years ago..

Drudge overestimates his importance..sigh. It hasn't hurt FR one bit :)

sw

33 posted on 09/14/2005 5:55:46 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Taliu and Ishmeil, RIP)
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To: jimbo123

Got to make up for the loss in revenue from circulation of the print version somehow. It looks like the ol' gray mare is going to put itself out of its own misery.


34 posted on 09/14/2005 5:56:45 AM PDT by FishFace222
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To: jimbo123

None of these yahoos are worth two cents, much less $49.95. I pay an online subscription to the WSJ and it's worth every penny. The NYT? They can rot....


35 posted on 09/14/2005 6:00:44 AM PDT by duckbutt ( If you let a smile be your umbrella, then most likely your butt will get soaking wet.)
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To: over3Owithabrain

Use Firefox with popup/adblock enabled. I NEVER see junk on Drudge's site.


36 posted on 09/14/2005 6:03:05 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: NativeNewYorker

Thanks but I'll just avoid his site. I'm happy with my existing popup blocker and no other site bombards you like his.


37 posted on 09/14/2005 6:10:24 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: jimbo123

I received this email from the NY Times yesterday:
We want you to know about some exciting changes that will
soon take place on NYTimes.com.
My reply: Paying good money for your offering is not my idea of "exciting changes." I could not in anyway bring myself to support you financially. Your product is worth exactly what I have been paying for it: nothing.


38 posted on 09/14/2005 6:10:40 AM PDT by quinhon6869
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To: jimbo123
Starting Sept. 19, the New York Times will charge $49.95 a year for online users to access 22 columnists including Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Bob Herbert, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

That's not a very good business model. What they should do is use pop-ups to force people to see these columns, and charge $49.95 to eliminate the crap. Cheap at ten times the price!

39 posted on 09/14/2005 6:12:07 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: jimbo123
Starting Sept. 19, the New York Times will charge $49.95 a year for online users to access 22 columnists including Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Bob Herbert, Nicholas Kristof and Frank Rich.

We must keep Mo Dowd on the web!

Why else would we post CZJ pictures?


40 posted on 09/14/2005 6:19:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (We need a strict constructionist - not someone who plays shadow puppet theatre with the Constitution)
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To: over3Owithabrain

Have you ever heard of a pop up blocker?


41 posted on 09/14/2005 6:21:47 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: jimbo123

Just whom do they think is going to pay to read them?


42 posted on 09/14/2005 6:22:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: AppyPappy
You mean people would PAY to read that crap online????

My first thought exactly; and it goes for all MSM. They are becoming irrelevant, and will soon be replaced by blogs and bulletin boards.
43 posted on 09/14/2005 6:24:15 AM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: jimbo123
I am constantly amazed at the amount of people who make business decisions, but have little grasp of the concept of supply and demand.

Assume you are a consulting service (not a must have, but a nice to have). Business has been flat and/or declining for 5 years. You have a decision to make: Should I raise prices, keep prices the same, or lower them? Does rational thought ever enter the picture? Does the fact that customers have been defecting or reducing their spend make a difference? Should it?

My guess would be that is most NY Times employees were asked, they would say the hypothetical compnay should keep prices flat, or even reduce them so as to keep or even increase customers.

But, when it comes to them, they think people are begging to pay higher prices for the same thing.

44 posted on 09/14/2005 6:31:34 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: jimbo123

45 posted on 09/14/2005 6:34:42 AM PDT by frithguild (If I made one mistake, it was that I was too cooperative and waited too long to go on the offensive.)
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To: jimbo123
Just sent them a mocking e-mail about all the errors in Krugman's regular columns.

Web page for e-mail addresses
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/infoservdirectory.html#ases:

46 posted on 09/14/2005 6:34:51 AM PDT by CT
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To: em2vn

Yes I have, wiseguy - and it usually works just fine. The Drudge site puts it into overdrive. He throws everything at you on his site to gum up your computer. So his complaints about the "innocence" of the internet is laughable. Plus his site is rehashed Chicken Little crap, with some fey Hollywood gossip thrown in. No thanks.


47 posted on 09/14/2005 6:37:44 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: jimbo123
Gee that ought to generate..... a couple of hundred dollars of income to the NY Times.... heck maybe even a couple of thousand...bwhahahahahahaha

you know what's so great about this...??????

conservatives don't need to "sensor" or "destroy" the NY Times... once they charge to read it...by-bye... I can see all the college students paying for it (uh-huh).. I can see all the Birkenstock slobs in Seattle paying for it on-line (sure) and all the liberal voters from say.... New Orleans, Detroit, Washington DC and similar ghettos paying for an on-line subscription.... this is hilarious.

In 5 years the New York times will turn into the "Green Sheet"... all personals, local real estate and pets advertising... and all the "great journalist" will call for government funding to guarantee.."freedom of the press" in order to meet their bloated payroll.... I LOVE IT!!!!! roflmao.

48 posted on 09/14/2005 6:39:11 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Dick Vomer

I think if the NYT gets any more expensive and delivers less, we will need to provide government subsidies - you know like health care - it has gotten so expensive we need to have the government pay for it.


49 posted on 09/14/2005 6:43:56 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: jimbo123
Bob Herbert,

And New Orleans once had a quarterback named Bobby Hebert. (Just saw that Seinfeld rerun last night)

50 posted on 09/14/2005 6:45:22 AM PDT by Tribune7
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