On Thursday, the [New York Times] company announced that after just four months, 224,000 users were paying for access to the paper’s website. Combined with the 57,000 Kindle and Nook readers who were paying for subscriptions and the roughly 100,000 users whose digital access was sponsored by Ford’s Lincoln division, that meant the paper had monetized close to 400,000 online users.
Or not. If you pay attention. But that's neither here nor there.
In the meantime, as much as I like the Times (and I've been reading it for half a century), there are other very good newspapers in the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, and lots more, and that's just in the U.S. So if you don't want to be monitized by the Times one way to avoid that is just read something else.