8 years later the NYT is still looking for Instapundit readers.

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8 years later the NYT is still looking for Instapundit readers.

One of the things I wrote in my first two weeks of blog­ging at DaT­e­chGuy blog when it was still just a word­press site with very few read­ers was this about Instapun­dit & the NYT:

I can’t think of the New York Times with­out think­ing of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a pro­fes­sional writer but a law pro­fes­sor who blogs for at Instapun­dit I am one of his many blog chil­dren. I never for­get that when I started read­ing him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page say­ing “The New York Times of Blog­gers.” I remem­ber when he removed from his site think­ing its absence enhanced his reputation.

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapun­dit of News­pa­pers is the day its stock will not be tank­ing, its build­ing will not need to be mort­gaged and will be worth read­ing again.

BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tank­ing is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a fur­ther half of its value.I can’t think of the New York Times with­out think­ing of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a pro­fes­sional writer but a law pro­fes­sor who blogs for at Instapun­dit I am one of his many blog chil­dren. I never for­get that when I started read­ing him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page say­ing “The New York Times of Blog­gers.” I remem­ber when he removed from his site think­ing its absence enhanced his rep­u­ta­tion. The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapun­dit of News­pa­pers is the day its stock will not be tank­ing, its build­ing will not need to be mort­gaged and will be worth read­ing again. BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tank­ing is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a fur­ther half of its value.

Today when I went to Instapun­dit I saw this:

Now in one respect see­ing a NYT ad at Instapun­dit is no sur­prise, after all despite Glenn’s reg­u­lar cri­tiques of the Times they’ve been adver­tis­ing at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, fur­ther­more while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water) his num­bers are large enough that it’s a log­i­cal place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak vol­umes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is run­ning ban­ner ads at the top of Instapun­dit offer­ing their prod­uct for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of find­ing some of Glenn’s read­ers will­ing to give them a shot? Of course this might have some­thing to do with it:

as New York mag­a­zine reported in 1992:

Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-​year old pub­lisher of the New York Times, was greet­ing peo­ple at a party in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum when a dig­ni­fied older man con­fronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irrev­er­ent new “Styles of the Times” Sun­day sec­tion. “It’s very” — the man — paused — “un-​Times-​ian.”

“Thank you,” New York Mag­a­zine quoted Sulzberger as reply­ing, adding that the Times’ pub­lisher “later told a crowd of peo­ple that alien­at­ing older white male read­ers means ‘we’re doing some­thing right.’”

It’s no coin­ci­dence that the puni­tive world­view of Pinch and Raines took their toll on the paper’s qual­ity. Four decades ago, the Times was once praised by no less than William F. Buckley’s National Review as being “so even­handed that it must have been deeply dis­may­ing to the lib­eral opposition…Were the news stan­dards of the Times more broadly emu­lated the nation would be far bet­ter informed and more hon­or­ably served.”

Today, as Matthew Con­tinetti accu­rately noted in 2014, the Gray Lady is staffed by over­grown ver­sions of the high school­ers in the TV series Saved by the Bell. “Some­one always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feel­ings are always hurt, apolo­gies and rec­on­cil­i­a­tions are made and quickly sun­dered, con­fronta­tions are the sub­ject of intense plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, and author­ity fig­ures are youth-​oriented, well-​intentioned, bum­bling, and inept.”

Per­haps if they haddn’t rejected those “old white male read­ers” in the early 90’s they wouldn’t have to pay Glenn to try to get those same peo­ple to take just a taste.

Update: A great gift for the 11th Day of christ­mas and a won­der­ful way to start the year is an Insta­lanche. Wel­come Insty read­ers, take a look around and be aware our newest pod­cast is now avail­able to non sub­scribers (click on the fedora), of course if you want to hear it when it comes out you can sub­scribe below.

Be aware that if you live in Min­nesota, Michi­gan, Mary­land, Mon­tana or Mis­souri I’m look­ing to hire a part time (twice a month) writer from each of those states, details on the low pay­ing low work­load job here.

As for Glenn’s com­ment about who the Times should hire the NYT could of course hire a jour­nal­ist part time who might appeal to Instapun­dit read­ers say a blog­ger that the Pres­i­dent Elect trusts but I don’t know if my rep­u­ta­tion could take the hit.


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One of the things I wrote in my first two weeks of blogging at DaTechGuy blog when it was still just a wordpress site with very few readers was this about Instapundit & the NYT:

I can’t think of the New York Times without thinking of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a professional writer but a law professor who blogs for at Instapundit I am one of his many blog children. I never forget that when I started reading him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page saying “The New York Times of Bloggers.” I remember when he removed from his site thinking its absence enhanced his reputation.

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking, its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again.

BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tanking is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a further half of its value.I can’t think of the New York Times without thinking of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a professional writer but a law professor who blogs for at Instapundit I am one of his many blog children. I never forget that when I started reading him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page saying “The New York Times of Bloggers.” I remember when he removed from his site thinking its absence enhanced his reputation. The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking, its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again. BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tanking is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a further half of its value.

Today when I went to Instapundit I saw this:

Now in one respect seeing a NYT ad at Instapundit is no surprise, after all despite Glenn’s regular critiques of the Times they’ve been advertising at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, furthermore while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water)  his numbers are large enough that it’s a logical place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak volumes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is running banner ads at the top of Instapundit offering their product for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of finding some of Glenn’s readers willing to give them a shot?  Of course this might have something to do with it:

as New York magazine reported in 1992:

Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-year old publisher of the New York Times, was greeting people at a party in the Metropolitan Museum when a dignified older man confronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irreverent new “Styles of the Times” Sunday section. “It’s very”—the man—paused—“un-Times-ian.”

“Thank you,” New York Magazine quoted Sulzberger as replying, adding that the Times’ publisher “later told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means ‘we’re doing something right.’”

It’s no coincidence that the punitive worldview of Pinch and Raines took their toll on the paper’s quality. Four decades ago, the Times was once praised by no less than William F. Buckley’s National Review as being “so evenhanded that it must have been deeply dismaying to the liberal opposition…Were the news standards of the Times more broadly emulated the nation would be far better informed and more honorably served.”

Today, as Matthew Continetti accurately noted in 2014, the Gray Lady is staffed by overgrown versions of the high schoolers in the TV series Saved by the Bell. “Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.”

Perhaps if they haddn’t rejected those “old white male readers” in the early 90’s they wouldn’t have to pay Glenn to try to get those same people to take just a taste.

Update:  A great gift for the 11th Day of christmas and a wonderful way to start the year is an Instalanche.  Welcome Insty readers,  take a look around and be aware our newest podcast is now available to non subscribers (click on the fedora), of course if you want to hear it when it comes out you can subscribe below.

Be aware that if you live in Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, Montana or Missouri I’m looking to hire a part time (twice a month) writer from each of those states, details on the low paying low workload job here.

As for Glenn’s comment about who the Times should hire the NYT could of course hire a journalist part time who might appeal to Instapundit readers say a blogger that the President Elect trusts  but I don’t know if my reputation could take the hit.

 


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So if you’d like to help support our award winning independent non MSM journalism and opinion from writers all over the nation like Baldilocks, RH, Fausta, JD Rucker Christopher Harper, Pat Austin, and John Ruberry plus Monthly pieces from Jon Fournier, Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb and want to help pay their monthly wages (and the Cartoonist I’m looking to hire, details here) please consider hitting DaTipJar.




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