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by | 22nd, December 2005

‘“CAN GREEN TEA CURE CANCER?” asks the Express of its readers via the paper’s front page.

Somewhere in Wapping

It’s a difficult question to answer, especially for a readership more accustomed to fielding loaded questions like “Should terrorists be jailed forever?”, “Is hanging too good for paedophiles?” and “Do you want to be ruled by Brussels?”.

But this is no question to be put to the popular phone vote. This is a question triggered by a story that suggests drinking the “ancient Oriental remedy may reverse the symptoms of leukaemia”.

This is unfinished scientific research being passed off as front-page news. The silly season is upon us, that time of year when newspaper workers go on holiday and recover from Christmas parties.

Instead of hard news, we get hard questions. And there’s no answer forthcoming. If the boffins at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota can’t find and answer, what hope a typical Express reader?

But the Express is not the only paper padding out its meagre fare with cheap stuffing.

The Sun brings its readers the vital news that Steven Lane, a bespectacled office worker from

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