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    There used to be a time when even the Sun under Murdoch actually ran serious stories of some relevance to the body politic and social issues.

    These days the Sun is a "tabloid" in the American sense. Murdoch and his ilk peddle soft pornography and show business tittle tattle with a few recycled press statements to lend a veneer of news but presented in a manner designed to promote racism and xenophobia.

    The use of the right of the public to know has moved from great matters of state to headlinea Z list performer in a cheap "reality" show leaving a children's party after being hit by two jelly beans and the mother wanting a refund of the appearance fee (Told you she was Z list!)

    If you look at the front page of their "news" site it features:

    A soap opera actress in a skimpy clinging dress who apparently drank a little too much alcohol at a party. (An actual news story of an actor in the same soap being arrested on sexual assault charges including rape is delegated to lower down)

    Six thumbnails of "best showiz" photographs, one of a woman in a very small bikini, another in underwear and long black gloves reclining on a bed is a semi-dominatrix pose, Kim Kardashian's breasts barely being constrained by a dress and three others of women designed to emphasize their pneumatic figures.

    A political story! Of a female MP's expenses claims being investigated - illustrated by a photo taken from above of her in a reality show set in an Australian jungle, wearing a bikini.

    A story of a Victoria Secrets model who at 44 has been photographed again (!!!) giving them an excuse to show underwear photos of her and two other fashion models in their 40s.

    Murdoch has taken what started as a serious broadsheet paper downmarket to the vehicle for the mastorbatory fantasies of underemployed car mechanics and holiday companies desperate to fill accommodation in off peak periods. It's sports reporting is aimed at the sort of individual who would copy a professional soccer player's winning celebrations and break his neck doing so.

    Anything vaguely news-related has been picked up from agency feeds, local stringers or press statements and effectively recycled for the intellectually challenged.

    Journalists? What bloody journalists?

    "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:55:22 PM PST

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