Anyone doubting that the unethical practises at the News of the World started recently ought to take a look at the book "News of the World, Fake Sheikhs and Royal Trappings"
I picked up my copy in poundland - which is probably less than a copy of the News of the World would have been. A tell example of most people's values.
Familiar names like Andy Coulson and Piers Morgan turn up, along with a well researched and evidenced examples of how the News of the World invented stories, told blatant lies and ruined the lives of innocent people.
The usual defence of the News of the World is that the bad is outweighed by the good - but, actually, there are few examples of good journalism amongst the garbage that filled the pages of what was the UK most popular paper.
Many people might say they never believe what they read in the papers, it's all harmlesss fun and celebrities deserve it. However, the reality is that it is often believed, it isn';t harmless and no one deserves to have malicious lies told about them.