Really? I've read the times for almost a decade and just can't agree with that statement. I hardly bother anymore, unless it's to peak at Thomas Friedman or David Brook's opinion columns. I just don't find the quality of writing I'm looking for.
If I want to inform myself on an issue, I'm looking to the Economist, the Atlantic or Financial Times. NYTimes is barely on the radar to me shrugs
Don't get me wrong, the New York Times is a phenomenal brand, but they're just a run of the mill above-average news source IMHO.