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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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Mar 2011 @ 6:58am

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    I know you mentioned it, and what I can't understand is that it's like you typed it, but ignored it.

    Come on Mike. A quality journalist doesn't mean "one that lives longer than the story they print". Do you think this guy did a poorer job because after he finished it, he too died? Do you not think it fair (and perhaps even is a bit of a tribute from his fellow workers) that his name was on the obit, as he wrote pretty much all of it except the date of death and the cause?

    I just think that you are so desperate to slag the NYT, that you don't really care. I suspect that the real issue here is that you fear that their "paywall" model might actually work, and leave you with egg on your face. I cannot think of another reason why you have suddenly gone all stalkerish on them.

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