Media pundits took to Twitter this week to debate a proposition by Reuters blogger Felix Salmon that The New York Times could draw profits from its scoops -- such as a recent story on allegations of bribery involving Wal-Mart Mexico -- if it offered early access to these stories, for a fee. While some commentators think premium access would be a great way for the paper to further monetize its content, Mathew Ingram writes that such a move would undermine the paper's public-service legacy and could ultimately harm its credibility.

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