I gave up newspapers years ago, but tried it again this weekend. Conclusion: birdcage liners are the same the world over. Some invest in better writing than others, but you get the same net result.
Two stories stood out as actual, just-the-facts journalism, much of the rest was like reading an Editorial section - which is what much of media has become. Veiled (or open) agenda/viewpoint-driven infotainment. The skill comes in the writer’s ability to wordsmith in their pretended political or intellectual indifference, and lacking that, “Thinking people agree with these statements. To do otherwise places you firmly on an unintelligent and certainly bigoted footing….”
You don’t gain intelligence reading one of these things, you gain the pretension of it.