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This is Why the New York Times is Worth Paying For

Four New York Times journalists -- ANTHONY SHADID, LYNSEY ADDARIO, STEPHEN FARRELL and TYLER HICKS-- were kidnapped earlier this month in Libya. Today they jointly published the first-person account of their ordeal in an article titled, "4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality".

It is incredibly gripping. Here's a snip where they write of their driver:

From the pickup, Lynsey saw a body outstretched next to our car, one arm outstretched. We still don’t know whether that was Mohammed. We fear it was, though his body has yet to be found.

If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man died because of us, because of wrong choices that we made, for an article that was never worth dying for.

No article is, but we were too blind to admit that.

All hail these great American artists and their employer.


Paul Smith

The question isn't, is the NYT worth paying for, because it obviously is. It's, have the offered a product that enough people will purchase as they have currently configured it for us? It's not clear that they have. Frankly, I find the pricing plans extremely confusing. And the fact that you can buy the Sunday paper and get the digital sub free /for less/ than the digital sub itself, makes no sense, economically. It's a pricing scheme only a hard-core reader could love.

If you love the NYT and want to see it thrive, you should hope the NYT changes course and offers simpler and more coherent tiers.

See this, this, and this.

Daniel X. O'Neil

You're absolutely right. I can't even think about this unemotionally. I'm all bollixed up.


(gotta update that NYT link)

feel free to delete this

Daniel X. O'Neil

Linked fixed: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/world/africa/23times.html. Thanks. Brooks!

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