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Why have the tabloids become so awful? It is simple economics

By Winston Fletcher   February 1997

The News of the World’s fingering of Jerry Hayes MP-whether or not true, and whether or not part of a longterm campaign by the saintly Max Clifford-is yet another in a long series of unpleasant expos?s of the private lives of not very public people. We have grown so accustomed to such excretions from the tabloids that we no longer bother to wonder why they have multiplied over the past few years.

Why are the tabloids now such sleazebags? Week in, week out they ooze tacky tittle-tattle-parading the peccadilloes of royals, former royals, politicians, pop stars and soccer players. Like…

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