Times Seeks to Please People Who Hate It
So, for example, you can read the Times' story about Rahm Emanuel, or go straight to a TownHall screed called "Obama and Billary" (hawhaw, Bill-ary, get it?). You can read the Times story examining Condi Rice on Pakistan, or go straight to National Review and save yourself some trouble by just reading their snotty one-liners.
This is the Times for people who hate the Times, whose eyes glaze when confronted with deep coverage and analysis, and who want to know what the Times considers the news of the day for sneering purposes, but instead of reading it would prefer to go directly to the people who will tell them why the Times version is liberal media bullshit. Such folks will both use and denounce Times Extra, in the same way that their blogs link to tons of Times stories while denouncing it. The rest of us will wonder: why chartreuse?