As if you needed any more convincing that the New York Times sucks utterly, click here and read about yet another shameful example of how the Times has fallen down on the job once again.
(Just as an aside, the NYT has also figured out a way to make writers work for nothing more than the supposed glory of appearing in the New York Times. Do you suppose that little A.G. Sulzberger writes for free? But I digress...)
Not a dime for the NYT people: not one thin dime. You know that generous souls will post Krugman, Bittman, and Herbert (and Rich for anyone who still cares) within two minutes of their columns going up, so there really isn't any reason to give the NYT any of your hard-earned cash. The only thing you have to lose by not subscribing when the firewall goes up is aggravation in the form of Thomas Friedman, Maureen Dowd, Ross Douthat, and the like.
"Oh noes!" you say. "The NYT is all we've got! What if Murdoch buys it?" Quite frankly, who gives a damn? The Pentagon Papers glory days of the NYT are long gone. Since that time the NYT has done its part to impeach a president, gin up a war in Iraq, create full employment for right-wing assholes, pen dozens of phony trend stories, and flame the mommy wars. You can get all that on the internets for free, so why would line the pockets of losers like Pinch Sulzberger, Bill Keller, and Clark Hoyt?