The New York Times almost went bankrupt in 2009. That year proved to be tragic to the print media as over 100 newspapers closed down. Readers are refusing to pay for subscriptions to papers where irresponsible, lazy journalists publish their unintelligent, badly digested and clumsily worded opinions which they try to sell to us as news. When I need information, I don't go to newspapers. I go to the Internet where intelligent, well-informed bloggers offer me a wealth of facts accompanied by intelligent analysis completely for free. Of course, there is a lot of rubbish floating around online but as soon as you find a list of blogs and websites you like, you will never need to purchase the silly lies sold to you by the print media.
In view of this wealth of information people can now find for free online, The New York Times decided to make access to its content. . . more difficult. More and more articles now require that one register before getting access to them. This policy is part of the newspaper's plan to make its online readers pay annual fees for reading The New York Times.
Twice today I followed a link to an article in The New York Times only to be told that I need to register before I'm given access to it. In my experience, this newspaper isn't even worth 2 minutes it would take to register, let alone the money they want me to pay for reading it. Instead of improving its content, firing Ross Douthat and avoiding hiring losers who can't read their own credit card statements to report on finance, NY Times tries to save itself from impending bankruptcy by getting people who are used to getting their information for free online to pay up. All this will do is hasten the newspaper's demise. And good riddance, too.