The cliche is that newspapers are so rotten and in decline that they merit no defence against the internet barbarians at their gates. So claim recent diatribes from John Lloyd, Alastair Campbell and, on these pages, Nick Davies. They are all talking rubbish.
He compares today's papers to those of the 50's and 60's where
They were dreadful. Newspapers were brief, humourless, reverential of authority and composed of Hansard, publicity handouts, court reports and agency copy. Wars were reported from "our" side. A political story was simply taken from a secret "lobby" briefing. Foreign news was rarely more than one broadsheet page
The whole article is def worth a read