Is fake news as influential as the lack of competent news in mainstream media? If traditional news is filling their sites with vitriol and single-mindedness (CNN vs Fox), is there any surprise that comedy shows are more informative?
Academic talking heads can’t see past grant cycles and only local papers cover anything beyond yesterday’s celebrity tweeting. Political candidates are afraid to touch reality with a lobbyist’s gold pole.
The future is dead because advertising killed the reality feed. Nobody is going after the lies of advertising (or its control over publishing real news). Fake news is just advertising (as is religion). Insistence on facts is taboo anywhere that money is involved, unless you have all the money already, in which case facts don’t really matter to you.