Monday, September 19, 2005

Times Select Begins

From Nicholas Kristof on the Left to Paul Krugman on the Far Left, an Iron Curtain has descended across the pages of the New York Times. Times Select has begun.

Where can one go now to find a Manolo Blahnik reference in a discussion of foreign policy? Who will tell me what evil plans KKKarl Rove (You don't honestly think he spells his name with a "K" instead of a "C" on accident, do you?) has for his weather control device/Ronco Hurricane-O-Matic? How will I know what normal Americans, you know, the kind who live on the Upper West Side, dine often at Le Bernadin, and graduate from Harvard, are thinking?

Dare I summon the strength to go on?

As an aside, am I the only one to find it interesting that the Op-Ed columnists, who never fail to find fault with the idea of a corporation turning a profit while continually lamenting how the Republicans are "disenfranchising" the poor and downtrodden, and the newspaper for which they work, now slightly to the Left of Trotsky, have no problem charging $50 a head to access their propaganda?

I have a better idea: Why doesn't the Times ask Washington to start a government program to both raise revenue for Times Select and provide access? Like our tax system, it would be progressive, so George Soros would have to pay $643,000 a year to access it but someone in inner-city Minneapolis would be paid to read the columns. It would take a bureaucracy to do this, of course, so in the first year the Times would probably wind up getting about $9 per person subscribing to Times Select. In year two, a study would find that the Department of Times Select was woefully understaffed and that amount would drop to $5. In year three, the Times would be writing a check to the government.

Does the Times like this idea? If not, why not?

Update: Ann Althouse describes the process of upgrading.


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