Reason #247 Why You Should Pay For The NYTimes: To Keep Its Dead Obituary Writers Employed

from the wait,-what? dept

The big news of the day appears to be the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor. All the big news orgs are running obituaries, of course. And, as is typical with major celebrities, most of those news orgs had stock obituaries written long ago, which they pulled out, added a few final details, and posted. Of course, that leads to some odd situations, such as with the NY Times obituary for Ms. Taylor, in which it is noted that the author of the obituary actually died himself, nearly six years ago. While, again, lots of news orgs have pre-written obits, there does seem to be something a bit "off" in a newspaper claiming that it needs you to pay up to support its quality journalists... when it's using work done by someone who died years ago.

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    Jeff, 23 Mar 2011 @ 4:24pm

    Guys...

    You really undermine your credibility when you post things like this. Use some common sense -- this is content the NYT paid someone to write years ago, and paid someone to edit and update to make sure it was still appropriate today. The author being deceased has no bearing on the work or its value.

    Stick to the substance, and not this snark.

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