Hi Tim, Very good question. I'm glad you've asked. It should be interesting to receive all the various responses/opinions. As for mine.............
IMO, the term "Fake News," while obviously the current buzz words (a la President Trump) that has spread like wild fire with everyone everywhere using this term now, I see it as merely a "new" way to express any, some or all of the following: Blatant lies, exaggerations, parsing words, innuendos, fiction, deceit, fabricated tales, inflammatory & "twisted" comments, intentional insults, passive aggressive/sarcasm & carefully-crafted verbiage.. Whatever a listener, reader, audience, student or fan gleans from what has been publicized.
It doesn't take long for terms like "Fake News" to catch on. Humans, like apes, will mimic, follow and repeat verbiage and/or behavior. It's possible no 2 people could agree on what qualifies as fake news. I'd bet some people use the term "Fake News," just to hear themselves say it.....or in an attempt to sound highly informed.
How "old" is Fake News? As old as all time...even within the Ancient History Book, The Holy Bible," there are countless references to, "bearing false witness," "heresy," "blasphemy," "liars and deceivers"......As long as man has had the ability to communicate in any form, I dare say, Tim......there has been.....um, well, I wonder, do you think many thousands of years ago, they used the term.....BULL$HIT????? I'll bet they did!
Have a great evening. Paula