Funnily enough the reasons you've said you dislike The Times are the same reasons why I dislike The Guardian. But I'm generally happier not reading either, they're both goady by design.
More and more I find my consumption of news is just a proxy for anxiety I feel about my own life and my own, limited, sphere of influence. E.g. last week as I mentioned, eight family members including four over 70s and two NHS workers were on holiday in Wales. I was convinced there'd be a Covid outbreak but apparently it didn't happen! My circular COVID browsing definitely shot up as a form of dissociated distraction, however.