Yes, it is FAKE NEWS (caps intended). And people who spread FAKE NEWS are perpetuating deception. You know — liars.
If a news outlet perpetuates FAKE NEWS it is no longer a reputable news outlet. Many news outlets that were onetime, real newspapers are doing it. It is the same sort of crap you see at the check out counter. Do not subscribe, do not click, and turn on your Ad Blocker on their sites so you deprive them of ad revenue. Do the same if the news outlet puts out editorial as news.