Originally Posted by Phogg
Its not read that widely outside New York. Even in its hey day, major metro areas west of the Apalachians only saw a few copies at airports and the largest bookstores.
IMHO, much said about the New York Times in this thread is inaccurate, but this is true. The US is not a country of national newspaper readers. This probably will change a bit as eReaders make the New York Times and Washington Post (these being the two US general interest national newspapers with substantial in-house international newsgathering) as easy to obtain as local papers, and as local papers continue to go out of business. The main reason the shift to national papers has been slow may be that many regional papers have been willing to price themselves much lower to compete. For example, at amazon.com, the full* New York Times is $19.99 a month, the Washington Post is $11.99 a month, and the Denver Post is $5.99.
* Full, or almost, full compared to print. I believe it still excludes ephemeral internet opinion peices as in the OP here. By the way, the New York Times web opinion area is an obvious copy of the "Comment is Free" feature of the Guardian, a national newspaper in the UK.