9.25.2005

Farewell, Gretchen Morgenson

I used to read Gretchen Morgenson's NY Times Business column. Not that she ever wrote anything really brilliant, but she covered corporate crime stories that I find interesting.

Now the Times has made her columns, along with those of many other columnists, available only to paying subscribers to a new service, "TimesSelect." I won't miss them much.

What will the primary effect of this new policy be: increased revenues or decreased readership? My money is on the latter. The Times is arrogant to believe that with all the great free content available on the web, its mediocre columnists deserve a premium.

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