Any thought of balance from our national papers in their overall coverage of the campaign vanished on day one. But SubScribe clung to the wistful hope that when it came to manifesto time, they might at least focus on the policies - even if they then proceeded to rubbish them. Dream on.
Excluding the FT, the only papers that came close to offering their readers the information they needed were the Independent, its little sister the i, and - to a lesser extent - the Guardian and the Times. The others have been little more than propaganda sheets.
We're not talking here about the gamesmanship of leaking the right-to-buy element of the Tory package on the day of the Labour manifesto launch, of an editor's right (and duty) to lead on the story he or she thinks will be of most interest to their readers in preference to the political set-piece. But surely we have a history of offering in some detail the way the parties are selling themselves to the electorate.
Over the past three days, the five main parties that cover the whole of the UK have published their manifestos. The cuttings below speak for themselves, so there is little point in my commenting on what you can see - save to say that this is simply the collection of pages devoted to the manifestos. Some papers will have given further space on the front and inside to other campaign stories, polls, diaries, sketches, leaders, OpEds etc.
Stephen Glover's piece in today's Mail, for example, is headlined "There's hardly a word I disagree with in the Ukip manifesto..." but the paper shares few of those words with its readers on the many news pages devoted to the campaign.
The Express, by contrast, is far more concerned about its latest wheeze to keep its dying readership alive (gardening) and the weather, restricting its election coverage to a page or two.
In some instances, as with the first example from the Express, I am showing the whole spread to put the manifesto coverage in context.
Here goes. Prepared to be depressed: