And the media loves being vague - a form of passive-aggression - as they can keep you watching by telling you half the story. The New York Times article is a case in point - starting out with a "teaser" and then embedding the "rest of the story" in page after page of weep-fest for the criminal in the case.
Fake news didn't emerge from a vacuum, but rather from the incubator of network news and tabloid journalism. Dan Rather, of all people, put the nail the coffin of real news by relying on an obviously fake document to try to implicate Bush on the eve of the election. Dan Rather - what a piece of work - and the Father of Fake News as we know it.