Looks like the writer of this article has been watching too much television.

From the New York Times.

Correction: January 7, 2015

An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the country whose army chased Tommy Caldwell’s kidnappers. As other references correctly noted, Caldwell was in Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist.

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The New York Times‘ David Carr lists some of the media companies (and executives) that he believes are on the hot seat this year.  The list includes MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness whose respective networks are struggling to  say the least.

The New York Times which has been under siege lately after it was revealed that they would be giving soon to be departed CEO Janet L. Robinson  her $10.9 million pension early on top of a one-year $4.5 million consulting contract,  while freezing employee pensions only made matters worse yesterday with an errant email.

The email which was supposed to have been sent to 300 people who had recently canceled their subscriptions, instead went out to 8 million people, which the paper had email addresses for.

I was one of those 8 million people.

When I received the email I thought it was curious since I had canceled my subscription more than two years ago and switched to the cheaper Kindle version.  But I just brushed it off as a computer error.  Little did I know it was a large error which may have been attributable to a Times employee who goofed big time.

Here’s the email.

Dear Home Delivery Subscriber,Our records indicate that you recently requested to cancel your home delivery subscription. Please keep in mind when your delivery service ends, you will no longer have unlimited access to NYTimes.com and our NYTimes apps.

We do hope you’ll reconsider.

As a valued Times reader we invite you to continue your current subscription at an exclusive rate of 50% off for 16 weeks. This is a limited-time offer and will no longer be valid once your current subscription ends.*

Continue your subscription and you’ll keep your free, unlimited digital access, a benefit available only for our home delivery subscribers. You’ll receive unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device, full access to our smartphone and iPad® apps, plus you can now share your unlimited access with a family member.

To continue your subscription call 1-877-698-0025 and mention code 38H9H (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. E.D.T.).

Even with the 50% discount, a subscription will still cost almost 60% more than the Kindle version, which is a good reason to pass on the offer.

But never fear the paper isn’t going to honor the discounts anyway.

Get them while they’re hot.  The New York Times has jumped on the CyberMonday bandwagon by discounting digital subscriptions through Tuesday morning.

From TheStreet.com

From 12AM EST on Monday, November 28, until 6AM EST on Tuesday, November 29, all new subscribers will save 50% on 26 weeks of any of The Times’s various digital subscription packages. In addition, 12- and 26-week gift subscriptions will be available at the same 50% savings. The Times began offering gift digital subscriptions earlier this week.

The 50% savings will extend to each of The Times’s digital packages: NYTimes.com and Smartphone App; NYTimes.com and Tablet App; and All Digital Access (unlimited access to NYTimes.com plus smartphone and tablet apps). More information about gift subscriptions is available here: NYTimes.com/Gift. Please check NYTimes.com on Monday for the Cyber Monday offering.

So if you just can’t live without the New York Times, now is your chance to get it on the cheap, or at least what qualifies for cheap these days.