The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
I haven’t read Maureen Dowd or many of the NYTimes columnists since they switched over to the paid online TimesSelect feature, I used to a have a subscription to the Times but can’t be bothered to pay for an online subscription and I can’t say I feel like I’m missing out on anything.
I can barely stand to register with an online site in order to read their articles although I am registered with the Times, the Post, and the LA Times because they often have some very good articles.
I used to read several papers daily, the local Democrat & Chronicle (a strange name for a paper in one of the more conservative areas in NY but the word is used in its original meaning), the NYTimes, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and for laughs USAToday but now I get most of my news online.
Even with their dwindling readership, newspapers have an almost unique ability to combine a wide array of stories from a local to international scale into an easily presentable form with unmatched readability and can do long format and in depth stories with proper attention to detail, background information, and all this with nearly perfect grammar.
I learned more about English grammar through reading books, newspapers, in Spanish class, and from my dad than I did in my English classes.