Monday, September 26, 2005

Public Service Announcement

The following is from Jerry Doolittle's "Bad Attitudes." A reader said that I should publish it "because it's the right thing to do." So here it is.

Would You Pay to Read Thomas Friedman?

I expect by now everyone’s got an opinion on TimesSelect, the New York Times’s paid offering of their columnists and archives. Jay Rosen certainly does, and his makes a lot of sense to me.

The concept that people would actually pay to read a Thomas Friedman column is, to me, indicative of the problems this world currently faces.

But if you’re addicted to Krugman or Rich, you’ve probably already found a site that Rosen points to, Never Pay Retail.

Here’s the blurb supplied by the proprieter, John Tabin:

Each day, today’s regular New York Times op-ed columns will be noted, each with a post title indicating the name of the columnist and the Times’s title for the column. As they become available — usually within a few days — at least one link will be added in the body of each post to a syndicated copy of the column from a news source that doesn’t charge for access.

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