This year, more than any other, felt like some higher power was just picking random nouns and verbs out of a hat and making them happen. The news cycle was, to put it lightly, OUTRAGEOUS. You’d see a headline and think “Okay, that’s definitely from The Onion,” only to find out that it was extremely (and distressingly) true.
To that end, I think the average person would have trouble knowing a real headline from a fake one. They all sounded fake, even the ones that were real. (Perhaps especially those.)