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An anonymous source has told the Washington Post that the Washington Post will probably install a paywall:

The Washington Post will probably start charging online readers for access to newspaper articles in the middle of next year, a person familiar with the plans said.

Washington Post reportedly considering adding a paywall in 2013, Washington Post

The story that anonymous sources say that the Washington Post will probably install a paywall was first reported in the Wall Street Journal:
The Washington Post, one of the last holdouts against the trend of charging readers for online access to newspaper articles, is likely to reverse that decision in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter.

Washington Post Plans a Paywall, Wall Street Journal

The Journal meets the two source rule for reporting from anonymous sources ("people familar with the matter"). The Post does not ("a person familiar with the plans"). Apparently, the Journal has developed a better source network inside the Post, than the Post has.

I think the plan sucks.

The Post is nice for keeping up with all the anonymous source posturings on the issues of the day.

But I wouldn't want to have to pay for that kind of shit.

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  •  Much better (7+ / 0-)

    quality US coverage available from the Guardian and BBC for free. Channel 4 (UK) is also worth a look.

    I've all but given up on US sources - the reporting is thin and the analysis is third rate at best. Just the way it is.

  •  Hilarious nt (7+ / 0-)

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:42:51 PM PST

  •  Bummer (2+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, sceptical observer

    Citizens will have to be the journalists.  

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:43:19 PM PST

    •  Obviously. The Free Press Concept Doesn't Work (5+ / 0-)

      with for profit media.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:46:21 PM PST

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      •  You use the word "free." I'm not sure you know (0+ / 0-)

        what it means, in this context.

        Freedom of the press is meant to be the ability of the reporters to collect and disseminate information to the public without censorship or fear of recrimination

        It never meant that news-providers are obliged to perform this public service without getting paid for it. Historically, most major print sources got paid both by selling ads and by charging the individual reader. Why should this be different, for an online product?

        Of course, the Post might not produce a product you wish to pay for. In that case, don't buy it.

  •  Good, they will make themselves even more (7+ / 0-)

    irrelevant, just like the NYT.  The NYT may be making a meager amount of money on their pay system, but they are cutting themselves off from their audience and making themselves the paper of record of not much at all.

    BTW, has anyone seen the NYT Sunday Magazine as of late?  It has become completely unreadable.  The Sunday Magazine for people with 30 second attention spans who would rather look at pictures.  What a shame.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:44:29 PM PST

  •  From your first link (3+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, sceptical observer, OLinda
    In addition, Warren Buffett, a former longtime Post director and a confidant of Post chief executive Donald E. Graham, has bought most of Media General’s local newspapers through his conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, and said that he would introduce paywalls throughout the chain.

    “Anyone who focuses on the newspaper business should be focusing on one company: Berkshire Hathaway,” Graham said earlier this week at a media conference hosted by UBS. “Warren has bought more than 80 papers . . . and he’s been waving his arms saying, ‘I’m not done.’ ” (Last month, Buffett announced that he would close one of the Media General papers he bought, the Manassas News & Messenger, at the end of the year.)

    If that isn't confirmation that it's in the works . . .
  •  Those who aren't troubled by the ethics (2+ / 0-)
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    ancblu, virginislandsguy

    can download Ghostery and bypass firewalls. It blocks all trackers and can be customized per site.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:17:39 PM PST

  •  And we care why? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    I am gay, and I'm getting married in the Episcopal Church, just like my great-grandmother did.

    by commonmass on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:40:37 PM PST

    •  Not sure this rates even .25 rats-ass (0+ / 0-)

      Some years ago, the WP started getting snippy about people linking to their content.  So people largely stopped linking to their content.  Reducing traffic to the WP site.

      Clearly, the business people at the Post are just too dumb to live.

      [I]t is totally not true that Mitt Romney strapped Paul Ryan to the top of a car and drove him to Canada. Stop spreading rumors! -- Gail Collins

      by mbayrob on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 02:16:45 AM PST

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  •  Again? (3+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, Hastur, dougymi

    Didn't we go through this before?  I don't mean NY Times; I mean the Washington Post.

    They always cave.  

    In the interim, we'll certainly miss the brilliant thinking of Charles Krauthammer, Fred Hiatt, George Will, and Ruth Marcus.  Oh wait, I forgot, we won't.

    •  god, I'll miss jennifer rubin SOOOOO much! (1+ / 0-)
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      Why they hell didn't they do this during the campaign?

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:04:34 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for the laugh, WP (3+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, OLinda, Hastur

    Great fact-checking!

    Doesn't surprise me, with the 2012 cycle done they will be looking for revenue.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:04:13 AM PST

  •  I am torn on this sort of thing. (3+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, Swoof, UnionMade

    Because it does seem that the expectation is you read for free online.

    But there are salaries to be paid for the people providing this content. And fine, if you think the content sucks, then don't read it. This expectation, though, that newspapers should provide that content for free is rather troublesome to me as someone who started in newspapers. I mean, I did depend on people paying for the newspaper in some manner. Much of that was advertising, but a good chunk was subscribers.

    I will need to weigh whether I miss the WP enough to subscribe. Depends on what is behind the paywall to an extent. But I've adjusted to I pay for certain publications I want to read. It seems fair to me.

    I mean, it sounds as if you don't respect the Post. Don't pay, then.

    But they're losing money anyway, so I can't fault them for trying to fix that. It's a good-paying paper to its employees from my understanding. The stuff you ridicule doesn't come cheap.

    And if it's that bad, why read it to start? Relish the free time.

    Gah, I hate when liberals fall into the trap of actually believing there is free lunch. Of course papers are going to have to start to charge for content online if that's how vast majority reads it. That's common sense.

    It's like commercial television. Yes, if you want it without any threat of commercials, you download digitally, for additional cost, and there you be. But someone has to pay for the cost of producing the product. It's not a miracle that creates itself.

    by Magenta on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:10:31 AM PST

    •  I wish they'd put more effort into it (0+ / 0-)

      My hometown newspaper I still check everyday put up a paywall last summer.  Like with the NYT you got a certain number of free articles and then were prompted to pay or wait until next month.  Problem is, anyone using a normal web browser can get around that by simply using the incognito or private browsing mode.  I shortly discovered the New York Times website worked the same way.  

      You get a cookie for each article you read and every time you read a new article the paper's website checks to see how many you've read until you hit the magic number.  If there wasn't an incognito mode in your browser you would just need to delete your cookies.

      I understand why they want to give you some access to the site so you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to read the articles.  I don't think this is a sustainable way to control page views as more and more people figure out what I did. At some point publishers are going to have to make the decision to allow access to the home page and then force people to log in if they want to read anything.

    •  so all those banner ads they have don't mean squat (0+ / 0-)

      News websites are receiving substantial revenue from ads. they track where we go on the net. they collect data on our habits.

      Paywalls are generally stupid.  The only thing that might be viable in the future is micro payments. But the stranglehold that systems like VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover have on transactions needs to be broken first.

      --United Citizens defeated Citizens United...This time. --

      by chipoliwog on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:38:33 AM PST

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