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Old 07-08-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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To read articles online? I for one, think that's kind of rotten. Yeah, 99 cents isn't much. But it isn't worth it to read The Charlotte Observer, by any means. Some of it's articles are pretty poorly written. And most are subpar at best. They must really be struggling big time.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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Actually, they are a little behind! Most major newspapers have already started charging online fees.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:59 PM
 
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I have found much better news from the online local news station websites -(wbtv.com/wsoctv.com/wcnc.com).

The Charlotte Observer has long been trash. I can't believe anyone pays to read it!
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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I have found much better news from the online local news station websites -(wbtv.com/wsoctv.com/wcnc.com).

The Charlotte Observer has long been trash. I can't believe anyone pays to read it!
If you think youre getting decent news from the TV stations, you're not paying attention. The tv stations only recycle what the observer reports on. Very little original reporting or investigations. The Observer isn't perfect but its the only serious news source we have. They deserve to get paid for their work.

Every time I hear this Observer bashing, there's never specifics. Do you have any specifics?
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:55 AM
 
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If you think youre getting decent news from the TV stations, you're not paying attention. The tv stations only recycle what the observer reports on. Very little original reporting or investigations. The Observer isn't perfect but its the only serious news source we have. They deserve to get paid for their work.

Every time I hear this Observer bashing, there's never specifics. Do you have any specifics?
wccb.com also parrots articles from The Observer because they are news partners. So you can often cheat the paywall that way.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:57 AM
 
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To read articles online? I for one, think that's kind of rotten. Yeah, 99 cents isn't much. But it isn't worth it to read The Charlotte Observer, by any means. Some of it's articles are pretty poorly written. And most are subpar at best. They must really be struggling big time.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:50 AM
 
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IMO, the Observer is 80% recycled reprints of AP & McClatchy generic articles. There is very little relevant local news in the Observer that is specific to Charlotte. What does pass for this is shallow, often simple parroting of government, taxpayer funded institutions and big business. There is absolutely no real investigative journalism. That disappeared from that rag in the 1990s and it's been 30 years since the paper won a Pulitzer award.

I grew up in a household that got the Observer every day for decades and the evening Charlotte News as well. It's a damned shame to see what the Observer has become compared to those days. The Internet didn't kill the Observer, incompetent and clueless management did.

On the other hand, a fool and their money are soon parted and if people want to pay to read useless fluff, I guess that is their business.

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:17 AM
 
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I paid for the 99 cent one month trial, but I won't be renewing. I wanted to see if their new commenting rule (can comment only with facebook account) changed the tenor of the comments.* I did like clicking articles, not worrying if I had reached the limit, but not enough to pay what they ask. I can generally read on the site as much as I need without bumping against the paywall. Also, on a video on an article, there was an ad before the content! I can understand that on the free access, but I don't want to pay, then watch ads.

*Yes. There are decidedly fewer comments, and much less trolling, but the discussion is still usually far from intelligent.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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How terrible! I guess I'm going to have to get my news from the thousands of other website that have the exact same info at no charge!
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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To read articles online? I for one, think that's kind of rotten. Yeah, 99 cents isn't much. But it isn't worth it to read The Charlotte Observer, by any means. Some of it's articles are pretty poorly written. And most are subpar at best. They must really be struggling big time.
If it's not worth 99 cents it hardly seems worth a tirade.
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