Everyone has taken time out from bemoaning the rise of fake news to perpetuate this anonymously sourced, unverified story about Donald Trump hiring prostitutes to pee in front of him and this all being filmed by Russian intelligence. There’s an episode of Yes Prime Minister where Bernard talks about irregular verbs:
I have an independent mind, you are an eccentric, he is round the twist.
Likewise, they have fake news, we have stories that ‘might be true, you never know!’, or ‘are funny whether its true or not’, etc. Matthew Hooton has a political adage about rumoured or alleged videotapes: ‘The videotape never exists’.