I don't regularly read the wine press, so I'm curious as to what prompted Parker to write this. From reading this, I'd have to conclude that attacks on him and his brand have increased of late. The piece seems like a very long attempt to protect that brand. He is correct in that the internet allows "wine critics" to pop up (and off) with relative ease. Again, I don't follow the wine press nor I am in the inner circle of wine critics, but didn't some of the people that have been hired by WA of late gain their "credentials" by being internet wine critics?
Last year I decided to drop one of my three subscriptions (WA, WS, Tanzer) because I wasn't using them as much as when I first started taking wine more seriously, so I might as well save some money. I chose WA as the one to drop because I found it the least helpful for several wine regions (didn't align with my palate). The then recent changes made as well as the fact that I can find WA scores/notes on the internet in other places if I'm interested also contributed (that pesky internet hurting Parker again).