Of course they exist.
All media is theater.
That newsroom on TV is a set inside a tv studio.
The talking head sitting at the desk is an actor reading a script.
“Stories” are just that: concocted narratives that have an “engaging” narrative flow.
It’s always been this way.
From the earliest days of the press, journalizm has been a tool to manipulate and deceive and entertain.
Basic Journalizm 101:
Five Alarm Fire Story,
Story requires narrative for readers.
Event: Dastardly Fire.
Protagonist: Poor widow woman.
Hero: Fireman who saved widow woman’s child.
Villain: Greedy land lord who didn’t keep his building up to code.
Ending: Several tragic deaths. Mayor investigates. Widow woman reunited with her child in hospital. Hero Fireman given medal.
Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.