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Arianna Huffington Bashes NY Times in Paywall Prank

Huffington Post debuts NY Times employee-only Paywall, lambastes pay-journalism

| Internet & Websites News | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 8:10 pm

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This one is only sort of a joke. Arianna Huffington, infamous Editor-in-Chief of online news site, The Huffington Post, did not pull a single punch today when satirically criticizing the New York Times recent Paywall implementation. Huffington announced in a post today that her news site would now be "offering" digital subscriptions exclusively to New York Times employees (and residents of Winnipeg, but that's another story). Huffington writes that current readers of "HuffPo" that are not Times employees will not be affected.

 

Biting snippets include the introduction of a "first 6 letters at no charge" plan and content availability depending on what site redirected the Times employee to the Huffington Post:

 

If you come in through Facebook, you'll be able to access for free all stories involving animals born with extra limbs.

If you come in through Twitter, you'll be able to access for free words that contain more than six letters, but only those that refer to antiquated transportation machines (i.e. "funicular").

If you come in through Google, you'll be able to access stories of criminals who break into people's houses and then do strange things, such as take a shower or eat a snack.

If you come in through Digg, you'll be able to read for free all stories that refer to TV's Erik Estrada.

Huffington also took stabs at Bill Keller, NYT Executive editor, for calling her a "queen of aggregation" and claiming that site was only good for pictures of cute animals:

 

Slideshows and videos of adorable kittens (our signature offering) will be available for free only to one very senior New York Times employee.

Gold, Arianna. Pure Gold.

 

NEWS SOURCES:Huffingtonpost.com

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