SNICKER: Digital Subscriptions To “Failing, Dishonest” New York Times Skyrocket Because Donald Trump

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Trump headed to the White House has been good for business at the Grey Lady. The New York Times has seen paid subscriptions online skyrocket since the election on Nov. 8.

“We’ve seen really remarkable growth,” reaching to over 200,000 new digital-only subscriptions during the fourth quarter, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson on Monday said of subscriber growth since the election during a presentation to the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that was webcast.

“We’ve seen weeks of ten times the subscription adds that we saw in the same period last year,” Thompson said, adding no traditional lull in the news cycle following a U.S. president election has occurred as Trump and his presidential transition team continue to attract the attention of media consumers.

“We’re seeing… a surge and I would say more broadly that we expect the lively news cycle to continue in America well into 2017,” he added as Trump gets set for his Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Because they still have the reputation for telling the truth, and Trump hates them. It’d be nice if the rest of the MSM got it through their heads that you can still be successful at your business model if you actually do it.

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  • Oikos

    I am subscribing…………….for now, but expect some actual journalism to ensue or said subscription will be cancelled.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Your subscription will let them do that.

    • Joe in PA

      Yeah, me too. I often do the Sunday Times delivery during the winter when I have more time. Something feels so civilized when I see the blue plastic wrapper out by the barn. (City-withdrawal after leaving Washington).

    • gaymex1

      I’m going to give it a shot too. I hope my trust is not misplaced.

      • pj

        give them a chance.

        • gaymex1

          I want simply the news–good or bad–with as little editorial interference as possible. I will happily pay for accurate reporting.
          Where’s daddy Cronkite when you need him?

          • pj

            amen

          • Todd20036

            NY Times, and WaPo are both good choices.

          • TuuxKabin

            We’re going with it.

    • pj

      there is a lot of content there……but its good to support an institution that is truthful. besides if chump hates it you know it must be good. hang in there oikos

      • pj

        and bonus they like the gay

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I terminated my Chicago Tribune subscription when the endorsed Johnson. I have replaced it with the NY Times (yes, print). The Trib continues to deliver a paper. Being a decent person, I called to let them know. They said I won’t be charged, and it should stop. Its been several months and it has not.

  • JT

    SNICKER: Digital Subscriptions To “Failing, Dishonest” New York Times Skyrocket Because Donald Trump

    I was hoping this would happen! Great!

  • Marides48

    What, tRump told a lie? He may have to get more asbestos panty liners.

  • BobSF_94117

    The one thing you can do about the coming catastrophe is support legitimate journalism.

  • TimCA

    I just bought my elderly mother a print subscription with 7 day per week home delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area for an introductory rate of less than $40 a month. Additionally the subscription comes with free online edition access for yours truly. 🙂

  • Brad Lathem

    Gf and I subscribed digitally a few weeks ago

    • Brad Lathem

      Their Android phone app is great btw

      • ByronK

        It is.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Great for burying Paul Krugman, you mean? I don’t know what it’s like now, but Krugman content was not reachable from the op-ed portion of the app, nor the blogs portion. (This was, admittedly, literally years ago).

        This went on for months and months.

        All the Maureen Dowd you could stomach, however.

  • JoeMyGod
    • ByronK

      I may need to resubscribe…

  • lk

    I was one of those subscriptions.

  • There have been a number of memes since the election all basically saying: if we want journalism to continue, we are going to have to start paying for it. In effect, the most important thing liberals can do at this moment is to start paying for the Washington Post or whatever paper they rely on for accurate information because if we don’t, they may not still be around in 5 or 10 years and then what? I see a lot are taking that seriously.

    • Cuberly

      Yep, it’s one of the few memes I’ve seen that makes sense.

  • Nowhereman

    This is going as well as their “boycott” of Starbucks and breakfast cereals.

    • Stubenville

      I hope they’ll boycott oxygen next.

      • Nowhereman

        Thanks for the chuckle. I often say that those who don’t believe in science should stop using it. They could start with the law of gravity…It would be just like the raptures!

  • Sam_Handwich
    • BobSF_94117

      You’re blaming the NYT for covering the actions of the FBI?

      • Sam_Handwich

        i’m blaming them for bullshit on a front page a week before the election

        should i blame the FBI?

        • BobSF_94117

          Yes, you should certainly blame the FBI.

        • pj

          yes sam

      • Moebym, Resistance Pilot
        • Oikos

          I did not know about this. I will reconsider my subscription with the NYT.

          • gaymex1

            Isn’t it amazing the information that comes from JMG? I hadn’t known about that either.

          • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

            It’s probably a good idea to subscribe anyway, but call them out when they pull the kind of shit like they did with Clinton Cash.

          • Oikos

            I’m not sure how I can call them out other than ditching my subscription if they fail to be journalists.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          *Sigh*

          I had hoped the WaPo would be less of a swamp post-Bezos.

        • BobSF_94117

          They paid for access. They didn’t replicate it (well, Fox did).

          Go ahead, though, cut them off. Kill any hope we have of surviving this. That’ll show ’em!

          • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

            I did not tell anyone they shouldn’t subscribe. In fact, I’m actually looking into getting subscriptions myself, but it doesn’t hurt to know these things and let people make up their own minds.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I recently opened the NYT app to find about 6 stories Trump this Trump that, and one last story about Dems “above the fold” (front digital page, not replica edition)…

        It was about how it was all Nancy Pelosi’s fault.

    • Oikos

      I agree that they were/are part of the problem. I think they are about to find out that they will be shut out of the Breitbart propaganda machine that will soon reside in the WH. I am waiting to see what they will do when that happens.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Work the balls?

      • coram nobis

        That just means they have to do some digging in business records and stuff, not sit in the WH briefing room and copy-and-paste the handouts. Could be good exercise. They’ve done it before: were frozen by the Nixon/Agnew WH, and thengot sued over the Pentagon Papers, and came out stronger for it.

        • Oikos

          I hope that happens.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The husbot demands that the Times be available electronically, so he now pays for it.

      Although it should have happened a LOT sooner, they’ve been dead to me since the antics of Judith Fucking Miller.

      It’s mostly a lifestyle mag for the famous and/or Not Quite Rich Enough (meaning, your net worth times three digits).

      • Bryan

        Thank you for including Ms. Miller’s little-known middle name!

        • bzrd

          Sorry to say but Lumpy got it wrong, Judith Kvnt Miller fcked the readers over and lost many of us subscribers.

      • pj

        chump hates it lumpy. that should be enough of a recommendation.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “The New York Times” looms large in the radical right imagination, and their rhetoric. It’s a scapegoat, pinata, etc. On special occasions – just among friends – they even trot out “Jew York Times”.

          It long ago ceased to matter what the NYT actually printed. It’s become a one-liner like “Chappaquiddick”, “Obama”, “Monica”, etc.

          Given that long, slow evolution, and the Times’ absolutely atrocious stance towards the Clintons, and at a low point even publicly pissing on Paul Krugman, the NYT the right has been trained to hate rarely actually exists.

    • Cuberly

      Haven’t chosen which outlet I’l subscribe to. I’m leaning towards WaPo.

      As per your post, yep, I’m still bitter towards the NYTs.

    • gothambear

      Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater – compare them to almost every other national media outlet and read their editorial pages. They’re not perfect but they are our ally.

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    My dad loves him some CNN, unfortunately. I’m going to have to convince him to ditch it in favor of something like the NYT or WashPo, because CNN has long ago stopped practicing real journalism.

  • AW

    I thought about subscribing to it and the Washington Post.

    • Oikos

      I think the WP is a much better paper and has actually been doing some journalism in their coverage of dump.

      • Ernest Endevor

        The Times still seems unable to cope in its news pages and keeps getting rick-rolled by the right. Though I do think there are some fine editorial writers who have been navigating the swamp more adroitly. I too thought that the WaPo was doing some good reporting.

  • Gerry Fisher

    A few weeks ago, I signed up for my first online newspaper subscription: The Washington Post. Really enjoying the reading.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I used to be a big reader of the Boston Globe newspaper. In the early days of online news, I struggled to get used to the reading format. I’m finding the Washington Post’s format easy to use.

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • Cuberly

    Another option, when visiting sites you rely on for information, unblock them in AdBlock. Giving them some ad dollars helps as well.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    One can lie with statistics. Our household subscribed to the dead-tree version of the NYT for 20-25 years, and when the Internet popped up, it came with a digital sub. Husbot coverted to Digital-Only in the past 6 months, after being a paper subscriber (at a premium) for 20+ years.

    No more dead trees, but he’s one of those 200K.

  • I’ve subscribed, and I also plan to subscribe to the Washington Post. I also donated to Planned Parenthood and made a sentimental donation to the Children’s Defense Fund. My monthly donation to Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been converted into a monthly donation to the ACLU. I’m very much NOT rich, especially living in the most expensive city in the U.S., but I was able to pay off my credit cards last year when I refinanced my home and not paying credit card interest in a year has saved me a lot of money to put to better uses.

  • DanimalChgo

    On the other hand I specifically canceled my NYTimes subscription earlier this year when their Public Editor wrote a garbage column refusing to acknowledge their false equivalence problems. Also, they were the source of one of my main examples of problematic Clinton coverage last year: they published something on a Friday morning with some serious accusations about her email, which was then immediately repeated by lesser news orgs all over the country. By the afternoon of the same day, the Times had heavily revised the story because it was almost entirely not true in the first place. But too late – everyone already heard the scary version and only people paying hyper attention ever heard the retractions. I don’t think the Times has owned up to that kind of bullshit. If I were to buy a subscription now, it would be the Washington Post.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Also, too: they killed the ArtsBeat blog.

    So fuck them.

  • 2guysnamedjoe
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hey Donnie, how are you enjoying the attention now? Bahahahahahahaha

  • Queequeg

    Yep. I’m one of those new subscribers. Actual reporting and intelligent commentary are rare these days. Both are found in the NY Times.

  • Jack

    Good. I gave in a few months ago.

  • M Jackson

    My happy trip out to the driveway to get my NYTimes lasted 8 years.
    But that’s done; now I can barely make it through the front section before I have to turn on some show tunes and climb back into bed with my two cats.

    • gaymex1

      I so understand that feeling.

  • GayOldLady

    It bears repeating that we MUST continue to support journalism like the NYT, WaPO, etc. If they fail they will not be replaced and we will be the losers. We also have to watch NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN/MSNBC/PBS and if you have satellite radio Progress Radio. The alt-right will watch FOX and support Breitbart. WND, so we have to stay engaged with legitimate Media to ensure they survive.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It’s also good to support companies pulling their support from Alt-Whitebart.

      • M Jackson

        Cereal never tasted so sweet.

    • Westcoast88

      Disagree.
      CNN and ABC are disgraceful examples of journalism. Won’t watch them.

  • edrex

    The week after the election my husband drew the same conclusion and signed up for NYT b/c journalism is needed now more than ever (well… I guess one could argue that it was needed a bit more BEFORE the election as well). We’re also upping donations to ACLU and Planned Parenthood. I was thinking of Southern Poverty Law Center, too. Any other recommendations?

    • IamM

      NARAL, National Center for Lesbian Rights, SLDN, anyone whose job is suing the government for violating people’s rights.

    • coram nobis

      EFF — Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

      http://www.eff.org

      ACLU, SPLC and PP are also all good recommendations.

  • Gianni

    The NYT should now print a front page to publicly thank Dear Donald for the surge in demand for subscriptions to his favorite failing newspaper.

  • NancyP

    I still think that the NYT has some value, especially in international news. The WaPo

    is the official US politics paper – after all, that’s local news to them, they can devote lots of resources to it. The Guardian is a worthy international paper. We also need to support investigative reporters.

    http://cironline.org/about-cir
    https://www.ire.org/
    https://www.icij.org/

    There’s some benefit in having some groups that can give grants to investigative reporters.

  • Ninja0980

    The NYT did a hatchet job on Hillary while letting Trump off the hook.
    Not going to give them a dime now.

  • DesertSun59

    I have a new subscription specifically because he dissed the NYT. I wish I had done so years ago. It’s an awesome paper.

  • Brian Keith

    We signed up for a digital subscription a couple weeks ago in an effort to support them. We need media to be independent and critical of our political leaders- on either side. Interesting that others had the same idea about supporting them.

  • gothambear

    I’m giving some subscriptions as holiday gifts – gotta keep the NYT healthy and combative…

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I actually pay on a daily basis my local newspaper at a news stand. Delivery has been wonky otherwise.

  • John Mayor

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    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

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    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

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    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

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    .
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    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

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    .
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    .
    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

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    .
    With all due respect to this abovenoted Elector, his vote… and, indeed, all 538 Electoral votes!… MAY NOT BE NEEDED! Check out the info at, A-t-t-o-r-n-e-y J-o-h-n B-i-r-k-e c-h-a-l-l-e-n-g-e-s e-l-e-c-t-o-r-a-l c-o-l-l-e-g-e v-o-t-e-s – S-t-o-r-y | K-T-T-V… and, if realized, December 19 may become Hillary Clinton’s new birthday! And, in that event, January 20, (2017), will be an eternity away for Trumpelforeskin!!
    .
    Please!… no emails!

  • John Mayor

    ATTENTION!: AS SOMEONE AND/ OR SOMETHING HAS NOT ONLY SHUT DOWN THE URL LINK IN MY RESPONSE BELOW THIS ONE… IN RESPONSE TO WHICH, I’VE THOUGHT TO REPLACE THE URL LINK WITH A HYPHENATED LONGFORM GOOGLE SEARCH RESULT EXPRESSION INSTEAD (IN CASE SOMEONE AND/ OR SOMETHING HAS MANAGED TO INTERFERE WITH THE LONGFORM VERSION!… AND THUS, REQUIRING YOUR HAVING TO KEY IN THE EXPRESSION IN GOOGLE’S SEARCH BAR MANUALLY!)!… A VARIATION OF THIS NOTICE WAS JUST REMOVED ALTOGETHER! AND THE ONLY TYPE OF PERSON WHO WOULD DO THIS, IS A TRUMP SUPPORTER! FOLKS!… YOU’VE GOT A “ROGUE” TRUMP SYMPATHIZER IN YOUR MIDST! AND… IF THIS INDIVIDUAL KEEPS F*CKING WITH THIS SITE, HE (I’M ASSUMING!) COULD GET HIMSELF HURT!… REAL BAD!!

    .
    With all due respect to this abovenoted Elector, his vote… and, indeed, all 538 Electoral votes!… MAY NOT BE NEEDED! Check out the info at, A-t-t-o-r-n-e-y J-o-h-n B-i-r-k-e c-h-a-l-l-e-n-g-e-s e-l-e-c-t-o-r-a-l c-o-l-l-e-g-e v-o-t-e-s – S-t-o-r-y | K-T-T-V… and, if realized, December 19 may become Hillary Clinton’s new birthday! And, in that event, January 20, (2017), will be an eternity away for Trumpelforeskin!
    .
    Please!… no emails!