The New York Times hires good people and pays them well. They work hard and produce interesting original material. I don't have any problem with paying a modest subscription fee that I might not be willing to pay a typical newspaper which has little news, and that aggregated from others.
Having experienced this, my thought is that linking carried out with malice perhaps should be actionable. Malice on the part of a defendant who did the linking, of course; not someone who hosts a site and is probably unaware of the linking.