Is there really any worth to SFGate anymore?

I will often link to SFGate.com. This is the online extension of both the Chronicle and the Examiner, our two main newspapers in the city. I’ve enjoyed the site over the years and the upgrade they did a year or so ago really brought the site around and made it seem like SFGate was taking a run at trying to be the new Chron in a world where newspapers are dying off.
This has changed recently. I assume it must have something to their massive losses last year which are requiring a huge staff reduction for the paper. It seems that now, instead of just their own content, they’re linking off to others’ as well and not that they’re licensed the content, but actually full referral links to the other news agency sites. It’s like they’re trying to make themselves in to some of a San Francisco portal for news. The only problem is that this doesn’t work.
As you can see in the graphic below, I’ve circled all of the alternate sources on a random day for the front page of the paper. It’s a lot. In fact, it’s the majority of the articles that they’re running on the front page of the site. None of us really need this. We read this site because of the original content on it. If we wanted a portal, we could use Yahoo! or Google News. For those inclined, we could also strap together a custom feed reader to see all of this as well.
It comes down to the question that I always ask when doing anything, “What’s the added value?” If you’re just copying what others do, whether it be reporting, coding, art, or what have you, what are you really doing? What is there, that’s new and has worth in your “creation” and merits it generating revenue? If the answer is nothing, then why are you doing it and how do you hope to keep doing it, as anyone can copy, especially in this digital age.
Is there really any worth to SFGate anymore?