Fake news used to be called "yellow journalism".
When I was a small boy, I spent time each summer with my Uncle Herb. Unable to find a parking spot, he sent me inside the drug store with some coins and these instructions: Tell the man at the counter that you want The Yellow Rag and The Daily Wipe. Say it like that. "The Yellow Rag and The Daily Wipe", I repeated. Correct, he said. The man behind the counter did not blink an eye, nor did he smile. He just handed me one copy each of two newspapers: The Milwaukee Journal and The Chicago Tribune. I never did find out which was which. I'm not sure that it mattered.