If a site is in the #1 spot for a hot news topic I do a search on, I should NOT have to join up, register and give my email address and personal information to that site that's at #1 in order to see the story.
What if the site that's at #1 in Google News Search will sell or rent or share my information, or use it themselves to spam the dickens out of me on a daily basis, because I signed up to see the story?
It's my understanding that the primary concern at Google is the quality of the user experience. So why is there no way to give feedback when there is a negative user experience, and one that's deceptive to boot?
Google does allow a way to pick news stories from subscription only publishers also. They have some way to authenticate googlebot as a logged in user. AFAIK this is all legal and how Google wants it to work.
On the other hand, I think Google should remove these sources by default and have "Include Subscription publications" as an option.
Its been really long since ive seen a subscription based link on google news, but if i can remember correctly, these sites have a special label indicating this. Simply move on to the next headline..