That’s why we’re talking about this (and why I mentioned Murdoch)! OP linked to the Independent report on this, which is a British newspaper that doesn’t exist anymore except as an internet clickbait site which was in turn repeating what the WSJ said.
3 journalists did this. 3 Murdoch journalists. I don’t know about you, but I’d rathher the WSJ dedicated itself to serious news and not crap like this. But that’s another part of the issue: print media is dying (the Independent died…) and online is the way to go. Paywall, clickbait, a mixture?
All this shrieking about fake news lately is a whitewash (again) over the real news. In my opinion, it’s all propaganda. If you can’t trust anyone, you pick who you trust, and that… all comes down to skilled writing and targeting. PDP is a huge internet figure. The only reason this is happening is because of just that. Borat, you forget, was a huge blockbuster success, and controversy filled investor pockets, and it was all done through the studio. This is different (I don’t know enough about this world to honestly comment further).
That’s why I’m arguing this corner: a lot of people are just going with it. The only thing that’s “getting it” is truth.
I am going to retire to the boudoir soon, as it gets somewhat late. I will mock anyone who comes to this post tomorrow and says something mindless and stupid though. You deserve it.