Boy, the New York Times’ aborted TimesSelect experiment just keeps looking dumber and dumber. According to a post at Beet.tv, the online version of the Times just keeps growing. In October, NYTimes.com attracted over seventeen million unique visitors, up from more than fourteen million in September, making it the paper’s best month ever. It’s likely no coincidence that the record fell just after the paper scuttled its pay wall in mid-September, opening the entire daily package to readers online. For all the heat the newspaper industry has been taking for falling print subscription numbers over the past couple of years, it’s obvious that while people may be turning away from the print edition, the paper is still getting plenty—in fact a record number—of online readers, something that’s sure to cause some consternation among the MSM-haters out there in blogland.

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Paul McLeary is senior editor of Defense Technology International magazine, and is a former CJR staffer.