So who was the financial guy at the NY Times that thought of this business model?
They put Dowd, Friedman, Krugman behind a subscription wall, thinking that'll be a cash cow?
What it's going to do is drive bloggers to post links to the syndicated columns in other papers, increasing eyeballs and thus ad revenue for those papers web sites (instead of the NYTimes).
John Tabin has already set up a blog tracking down the columns and posting links (to the Raleigh-Durham News Observer, Minneapolis St.Paul Star Tribune, etc). Sure, they're a day or two behind the NYTimes, but they are free.