because it wasnt to bad until they started hacking into people phones !
I take it this is a joke of some kind?
Even aside from the control of Murdoch et al, the state of the print media in this country is very depressing, although I'm not sure whether the producers or the audience are the problem (i.e. is this crap forced on people, or do the general public like it?). Papers seem to rely on four main things for sales: anger-generating stories (usually immigration or "overpaid" public sector workers), scare stories (things causing cancer, house price falls), bad science ("research suggests") and celebrity gossip. The remaining content which is supposedly news is usually more influenced by their political opinion than facts
. Even institutions like the Telegraph and Times have fallen prey to much of the above (the Times seems to have been much more politicised recently, which is a shame as it used to be the only paper I bothered reading regularly). My experience of local media is that its non-sport coverage tends to rely solely on attacking the local council to generate anger/sales.
When papers like the Sun change the party they support and then mercilessly attacks the ones it used to, it reminds me very much of the part of 1984 when the chap making the speech at the rally suddenly has to change the enemy from Eastasia to Eurasia in the middle of it.
I have never subscribed to a newspaper, but I do have a subscription for Private Eye. It's just a shame that what makes it into there often does not appear in the mainstream media.