I don't know why today has become NYT day on the blog, but what the hell. Another reader writes:

"Bruce Bartlett has some rather strange concepts of marketing when it comes to the New York Times. He's right about the blog thing, but nothing else. He thinks it's strange that the New York Times would cut itself off from 40% of the population. Not at all, Dowdts75 actually. There are only two national newspapers in the United States: The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. One is conservative, one is liberal, as it should be. It is wise for the Times to seek out a different market from the Wall Street Jounal, otherwise they would be out of business. If they simply produced a replica of the Wall Street Journal every day, I'd just buy the Journal.

He also says that the TimesSelect concept is wrong. He says they should use the Journal's method. But that, too, is silly. You only try to sell what people are willing to buy. The Journal can sell its news because it has news that is only available from the Journal and that news has financial value to its readers. The editorials from the Journal are nothing but republican propanga. I can get that free from FOX news or my republican senator. Tierneyts75 So, they can't really sell their editorials. The Times, on the other hand, rarely produces unique news features. On the rare occasion that the Times breaks a story, I can read it in my local paper, because they use the New York Times wire service. So, the only thing the Times can sell is their editorials.

Of course, I don't actually buy TimesSelect, but that doesn't make it a bad idea. I don't buy it because I can always find a back door around it. I have not missed a single Krugman piece since he "went behind the wall." If I had to buy those pieces, I would. The only error the Times commits is their failure to close the back door access."

I should confess that I read the NYT every day on dead tree. I signed up for TimesSelect when I wanted to research the archives. But the NYT opedders have ceased to be part of the bloggy-conversation, which is increasingly the national - and international - conversation. That's a shame. 

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