There was fake news long before the Internet, emitted by the government and the boss media, as well as by less powerful and prestigious groups and individuals. (Good) knowledge is power, and the powerful do not like to give away their power, so good knowledge is sequestered and carefully rationed out, while bad knowledge — lies, propaganda, obfuscation, obscurantism, deceptive framing, and so on — is distributed to those lower on the political food chain. So far, only a few people have been interested in reliable truth, and the government and official media are not among them. Fake news is no more than the poor and weak imitating their masters. If there is a solution to the problem it might start with some earnest, serious paranoia.