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Monday, May 11, 2009

Are you prepared to pay to learn the latest news?

The real question, says Frank Rich, is for the public, not the journalists: Are we, the people at large, ready to pay for news, whatever form it comes in? It's nice to get news free, over the internet, but hard-headed, impartial, investigative reporting needs money, and no matter how much the likes of Google and Yahoo enjoy putting news headlines on their home pages, they are not going to provide the kind of cash needed. Television used to be "free" -- the advertisers paid for it -- but when it came to the crunch, people were prepared to pay a monthly fee for cable or Sky. So are you likely to feel the same about your daily news?

See today's New York Times for Rich's terrific discussion.

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