They will most certainly lie about anything. National Geograhic admitting that it circulated a news item that at  it’s best, disingenuous and it’s worst, completely dishonest  to it’s core. We say to the core dishonest but that’s us, or, that’s to say, me. 
“We lost control of the narrative…”

As we always say; Never convince yourself of anything.
By the way, lovely readers, the only person that can make a determination that “News” is “Fake News” (Which it all is, anyways), is the person who is recipient of that information. I hate those fucking words, “FakeNews.” lol