US Air Force intercepts bombers, fighter jets off Alaska we find this:
The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and remained in international airspace, officials said.So was this or wasn't this fake news? It was. The headline is there to create the first impression, the interpretive lens through which the article will be read -- if indeed it is read at all. Just think how different the reception would be if the headline had read, "US Air Force Flustered by Unarmed Russian Jets Flying in International Airspace". Many people will simply browse the headlines and not bother with the text. It is good that the body of the article was less sensationalistic, but that ends up being a lame attempt to have it both ways.