We’re not sure how The Onion is going to do this, but apparently the paywall that they’re testing out will not include areas where U.S. troops are stationed. The paywall, which only applies to international users at the moment, limits visitors to reading five articles in 30 days. After that users are asked to subscribe for $2.95 per month or $29.95 per year.
But for troops it’s all free. The Onion’s News Editor, Sean O’Neil, said in a post about the paywall, “It also won’t apply to areas where a lot of American troops are deployed in combat, as The Onion recognizes that it has a large fanbase in the armed forces, and it doesn’t wish to charge them for being overseas. They also have better stuff to worry about.”
Indeed they do, and it’s a nice gesture from The Onion to offer up their satire to them for free.