Tea Party Taxes and Ersatz Paywalls

11 Apr

Dear Tea Party “Leaders”:

It’s sort of silly to complain about your taxes (especially your federal taxes) if you don’t bother to pay them. Also, relying on the expert legal advice of “crazy guy with website” is likely going to get you in trouble.

Love, BP

Dear Buffalo News:

When the Tweet linking to the story linked-to above was first sent, the entire article was present on the website. I read it. Now, it’s only an excerpt, and urges me to buy the paper. Well, the paper is off newsstands now, but the article remains excerpted. Your attempt to get me to buy the paper by withholding certain articles from the website is dumb. It’s 2011, and while the New York Times is getting pilloried for its sieve-like paywall, your clumsy ersatz paywall is stupid and serves not to make me want to rush out and buy the paper, but instead makes me either angry (idiots won’t let me read it!) or ambivalent (must not have been that important).

Love, BP

12 Responses to “Tea Party Taxes and Ersatz Paywalls”

  1. Bea April 11, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I certainly didn’t go out and get a paper. I found it ironic that newspapers and magazines used to tease with an item and then direct readers to their website to read the rest. I find the Tea Party movement, organization, non-organization, party, non party (take your pick) tiring.

  2. Lawrence April 11, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Whoa! did the Buffalo News just start doing this today? And if they had announced they were, I don’t recall.

  3. Matt Bova April 11, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    I love how a major Tea Party platform plank is railing against illegal immigration, but not paying your taxes is cool.  I guess flagrantly violating the law and receiving services from the government is only wrong if you’re not a white male landowner.

  4. Mr. F.N. Magoo April 11, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    NY’s tea “party” is looking more and more like a bit from “Life of Brian” every day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb_qHP7VaZE

    “…TEA New York, an umbrella group, instead unanimously backed Corwin.” “Meanwhile, Davis picked up the endorsement of the Tea Party Coalition Thursday night.” Its getting to be almost fun watching the teabaggers implode.


  5. Brian Castner April 11, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I’ll say this – if you truly think the federal government is wrong for levying the taxes it does, then civil disobedience by not paying them is respectable. If you complain about taxes and are just a deadbeat and don’t pay them, well, then you’re a deadbeat.

  6. Brian April 11, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Don’t like the taxes here?  Protest is good, civil disobedience is good, but, ultimately, you either win or lose, and if you lose and don’t pay your taxes, you should be redirected to, say, North Korea.  You don’t like government services and are not willing to pay for them?  Starve, jerk.  You’ll find plenty like you elsewhere.

  7. RaChaCha April 11, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I also noticed a weird case of an “excerpted” article online. I hope it’s just a fancy that’s passing as quickly as possible. There’s been other (unannounced) to-ing and fro-ing on print vs. online policy — a great example is the “Buffalo News Extra” that until recently were print-exclusive. Often great stories of veterans, they now appear to be online, as well — I’m guessing because families would be upset that they couldn’t email around the article (“Uncle Bob is in the Buffalo News today! — click on this link to read it.”).

    Margaret (if you’re reading — and to see my comment you have to be reading the online version of WNYMedia): although I regularly read some Buffalo News content online (especially things like “Good Morning, Buffalo,” which often mentions events I otherwise might not read about in print until after the fact), that doesn’t change my 15-year-old habit of buying a daily print copy of the Buffalo News. Although we all love to quibble over the News, it’s a testimony to the overall quality of the product that my Buffalo News habit began long before I actually lived here. You need to have faith in the quality of the product — and dig in tenaciously against any slippage in quality.

    And when it comes to making decisions related to online, listen to the online community and see it as a resource, rather than nuisance or competition. That would keep you from making mistakes like this “excerpting” business, like not allowing your reporters to blog (which limits both their sourcing and impact), and like requiring a photo ID with current address in order to obtain a license to comment on articles.

  8. Allen Miller April 11, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    It’s ok top protest taxes by not paying them, however be prepared to suffer the consequences. A bunch of years back I had a friend who went to great lengths to separate himself from what he refered to as “The King” he was successful and never went to jail. However when he later got married had children and wanted to rejoin the society by starting a business to support them, the IRS came down upon him and took it all for back taxes. The old adage you can’t cheat death or taxes is so true. I myself have attended a few tea party meeetings and know of no one protesting by not paying taxes. This is very common among elected hypocrites, you would be amazed at how many of all party persuasions that do not pay taxes.

  9. al l April 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Guess what back up in full?

  10. SusanMary&Joseph April 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    It wasn’t that important ( I read it so you don’t have to), as a matter of fact, the story was rehashed from its original front page news (and broadcast news) aired over five years ago.

  11. Jeff April 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Damn the Buffalo News, how did they know when I woke up yesterday and couldn’t read more about Jim Ostrowski and Len Roberto that I would immediately run out and have to buy a copy. What is next, do they dare put Donn Esmonde’s column behind a pay wall?! What am I expected to do then?

  12. Anthony Fracasso April 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    how do people expect a business to survive without an income source?

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