That's not the case with storylines that will advance their narrative, such as unfounded reports of Russian "influence" in last month's presidential election.
Influence? What exactly is that?
One theme that I am not overlooking is the recent plethora of hate crime hoaxes.
Let's focus on two hoax stories that broke in the last few days, as well as a possible third incident.
A few days before Election Day in Jackson, Mississippi a church with a black congregation was intentionally set on fire and "Vote Trump" was spraypainted on its wall "A black church burned in the name of Trump" was the headline that the left-wing magazine Atlantic used. The Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger quoted Jackson's mayor, Errick D. Simmons, as saying at the time, "This act is a direct assault on people's right to freely worship," adding, "We will not rest until the culprit is found and fully prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Perhaps Simmons doesn't know about the rage of hate hoaxes in recent years. If he consumes only mainstream media sources for his information, no one can fault him. The story linked in this paragraph comes from Breitbart, which the establishment media labels as a fake news site.
But a member of that Jackson church, Andrew McClinton, who is black, was arrested this week for allegedly torching it. He's been charged with arson.
Did you hear the story about the University of Michigan student who was told that if she didn't remove her hijab, that is, her Muslim head scarf, that she would be set on fire? The accuser in that story may face felony charges for filing a false police report. The assault never happened. Police found holes in her story, possibly one of them is that Ann Arbor is one of the most liberal small cities in America. Hillary Clinton collected 67 percent of the vote in Washtenaw County--Ann Arbor is the county seat.
One person's prankster could be another person's hoaxter. Adam Saleh is described as a YouTube prankster. He says he was removed from a Delta flight in New York because he was speaking to his mother in Arabic on a cell phone. Passengers on that flight are disputing the prankster's version of events.
Here's a list of slightly older post-Donald Trump victory hate crime hoaxes.
Yes, there are hate crimes. Dylann Roof's murder of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church was definitely one.
But are there more hate crime hoaxes than hate crimes?