On Monday, the New York Times starts selling access to its columnists for $50 a year. I’ll be very interested in seeing if this works. Of course, you can bet that I won’t be shelling out 50 bucks to read opinions from the New York Times — I read enough Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd by sampling their columns through outraged conservative bloggers.
But, I don’t think I’d pay $50 to read conservative columns either. Seems particularly odd to charge for editorial content during the largest explosion of published opinion in the history of the world.
Speaking of Krugman, the NY Times ombudsman is taking him to task for not correcting mistakes in his columns. Krugman never lets the facts get in the way of a good argument.