Is it just me or is this an understatement in humility :-) ?!? Regardless, I won't be paying for the NYT for their "distinct voice". I'd rather continue to pay for the Gruber and the Kottke and the Bird (Shelley I'd love to pay where do I sign?), etc. whose voices are much more distinct than the mostly cr*ppy NYT voices.
On closing the gates: "The vast part remains open and free but our distinct voice is now a pay product."