The iconic 80's comedy show Not The Nine O Clock News seems to have provided a prophetic comment on news nearly 30 years later.
Negative news reporting is now being used to fill up column inches and website current affairs sites due to a paucity of actual news.
Leading the way is the BBC assertion that 'Paul McCartney drawings not for sale'. Usually first with breaking news stories the Beeb is clearly struggling to find anything worth reporting, and has started to broadcast things which aren't happening.
Also included on Auntie's site today: 'Nobody charged for sexual assault', 'No injury for girl on scooter after completely innocuous journey', 'Giggs not sure whether he's shagged anyone recently'.
Instead of actual news, papers and current affairs sites are being filled up with commentary instead. A prime example is, again, found on the BBC. First, the negative headline: "Stephen Hawking: God did not create Universe."
Columunist Mike Lamidia comments: "If God DID exist, He'd be pretty pissed off. In fact, if I was God I would probably have gone back in time and punished Hawking in some horrible way... Nope, no sign of that (LOL)."
Excitement broke out in rural Norfolk when it appeared that The Norfolk Thunderer had some breaking news: 'Village still looking for paedophile'. However, it turns out it wasn't news, it was a job vacancy.