Oliver Reichenstein:

Reading news online feels like flying Economy. Loud distracting banners, cheap stock picture material, sloppy typography, a lot of useless comment noise, machine generated reading tips, no human service, and a claustrophobic information design make the reading experience a torture.

If you are at all interested in shaping news on the web then this is a must read. To answer the question at the end, I’d pay $49 per year for the NYT laid out as described — actually it would be great with just his mock up.