Sucking hope out of humanity / the worst from our worst.
I realize at some level that this is our own fault. If we did not click on these awful links, this thing would fall apart. Just look at "From Around The Web" links. So awful. On an article about space exploration! Zero relevance!!
Taboola and its ilk are benefiting from our low intelligence. One can't blame them. I do blame us for clicking on these types of links. It makes me a little sad that we humans can't see through this click-bait crap and we still click on the links.
It is also disappointing that LA Times, and many, many other sites, are willing to make a cent on this and have their brand take a hit for being just another link farm.