Lying media is not new. False smears of racism not new, as we can see in this video from “Prager University”:
Son and grandson of abolitionists who said blacks should play in the Majors alongside everybody else as equals. He said the only modern baseball player he would pay to see was Willy Mays. Smear stories by a lying reporter did not get traction until after he died and when his fellow players and fact-friendly sportswriters had faded in sports news coverage.