Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’


March 20, 2011

For some years now I have been reading the New York Times on the net for free. That came to a screeching halt last week when the Times announced a series of charges to read the internet edition (provided you are not a print subscriber when it remains free)

You can still read 20 articles a month for free, then a monthly charge of $15 kicks in.

I am told there is a way to get around this but I don’t know what it is.

Thirty-one million visited the Times site in February. That will now take a drastic dip.

Fact is of the three dozen newspapers that have moved to some kind of online pay model, only one percent of readers have opted to pay.

I would not be surprised to see the Times reverse this experiment after a few weeks.

I, for one, will not be paying. I say this with some sadness because I will miss my old friends, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Tom Friedman. This, bar none, is the best stable of writers on the American scene.

However, I will not be entirely bereft. I will shift to the Washington Post which is still free. I also read the Huffington Post on line for free.

Would you pay an online fee for the NYTimes?

Why not?


March 9, 2011

There is a front page story in today’s New York Times about the explosion in the priestly sex abuse crisis in Philadelphia.  It it as bad, if not worse than Boston.

A grand jury indicted four church people, including a senior monsignor, on criminal charges related to sex abuse.  Thirty seven priests guilty of sex abuse were said to be still active.

The Cardinal, Rigali, issued a statement in which he flatly said there were no priests in ministry suspected of sex abuse.

Yesterday the Cardinal issued another statement flatly contradicting his first one.  He suspended 21 priests from ministry which means they cannot say mass, wear the Roman collar or hear confessions.  Other priests are expecting the axe.  This is the largest number of priests dismissed in one shot in American church history.

Questions are now being asked about  what Cardinal Rigali knew and when he knew it?

Should the Cardinal resign?

Do Cardinals lie?

Will the church sex abuse crisis never end?

What do you think?