Is it legal for them to block access and require payment? (I am not blocking ads - just saying that they cannot target ads to me. I cannot comprehend how me not allowing them to save a cookie would make them try to block my access)
Just to clarify: I am aware that collection of demographic data can be important to ensure that your content and ad campaigns are relevant to visitors. My concern however is that I don't see how I have to accept to be tracked more than strictly necessary to read their site - this is cookies, not blocking ads!
The types of sites have always been news sites.
I have read this answer and I don't feel that it has sufficiently answered the question I have.