Though there’s no love lost between Donald Trump and New York Times, the influential daily said its paid subscriptions online and in print have soared since Election Day. From the election on November 8 through Saturday, the Times has seen “a net increase of approximately 132,000 paid subscriptions to our news products,” the media giant said in an exclusive statement to CNBC. “This represents a dramatic rate of growth, 10 times, the same period one year ago,” according to the statement. Notably, US President-elect Donald Trump had visited The New York Times’ office. On a day of dramatic developments that saw Trump scrapped a scheduled meeting with the influential US newspaper but within hours reversed his decision and rescheduled it, after chastising the “failing” daily for changing the terms and conditions of the interview and for being “not nice” to him. The meeting was finalised after Trump gave the go-ahead for it. “The meeting with the @nytimes is back on at 12:30 today. Look forward to it!” he tweeted. During a 75-minute long meeting Trump lavished praise on The New York Times office by terming the daily as “a great, great American jewel”. He also pitched for a bonhomie by saying “And I hope we can all get along.”
Interestingly, The New York Times had aggressively criticised Trump in the run-up to the November 8 general election. It even had come out with a full two-page spread of all the insults Donald Trump has slung on Twitter. It had printed about 6,000 of the insults the controversial Republican presidential nominee has posted on Twitter. “SAD!” “CROOKED,” “failing,” read just a few. The feature included some of Trump’s most familiar online grudges, including against the American media. While major media outlets, reporters and other politicians have taken the brunt of Trump’s attacks, the Times also highlighted some of the more bizarre enemies Trump has made on social media.
“We reach vast audiences in America. We’re reaching about half of everyone who touches the news on … the web,” he said. “We’ve got around 125 [million] to 130 million users every month,” the company statement said.