As have I; Richard North, EU Referendum, has posted in days gone by on the ineffectual ability of the newsprint media to bring their readership "news".
Taking today's Daily Telegraph; as examples - and I have no intention of linking to the various stories highlighted as those with a print copy can do their own "linking" - consider:
Front page: We learn that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will, in the course of their visit to Canada and the US, visit a rodeo and Hollywood and during the course of the latter may bump into some stars.
Page 3: Alan Titchmarsh advises that: "Talking to plants is useless" and on the same page we also learn that adults with depression, anxiety or low moods can ask their GP for referral to an NHS funded trial for gardening lessons.
Page 4: "Bomb experts face growing threat to their mental health" - Military doctors have found evidence that EOD experts personnel are at greater risk of mental health problems because of their dangerous work.
Page 5: "After Essex, the only way is a hot bath" - A producer on a reality show felt contaminated after meeting characters on his show. Yup, met a few of those in Oxfordshire too - and one suspects there is a similar view held in Westminster!
Page 6: "Daleks to take a break from Dr. Who" - they are to be sent into temporary exile after decades of being Enemy No1.
Page 8: We learn that Ukeleles are back in vogue as sales increase.
Page 9: "Muscle Men: Greek statues a true likeness" - it appears that Bettany Hughes, an historian, believes that men really did look like those depicted in statues and consequently had taut six-packs!
Not wishing to bore readers rigid, let us move on to page 16 and the op-ed piece and here we find in residence Mary Riddell - which seems a most suitable example with which to highlight the inadequacies of what purports to be a serious newspaper.
For a newspaper that attempts to present itself as a serious 'broadsheet' the Daily Telegraph seems to be providing an imitation of the Sun. What has happened to a newspaper which, during the 1950s, was just that - a serious newspaper, one who employed writers proud to be called journalists; a newspaper that presented unbiased reports of events in this country and the world at large; that carried reports of events/debates in Parliament (actually to be fair, at that time we did have politicians whose utterances were worth reporting).
Has the Telegraph gone the way of banks and in so doing, providing a crap service?
Oh, hang on - just realised, different Barclays..................