History Fun Fact!
In 1957 the BBC broadcasted an April Fools’ report in which a family in Southern Switzerland “harvested” spaghetti from the “spaghetti tree”. Showing footage which made it seem as if Spaghetti came from trees.
Due to the fact that Spaghetti was uncommon and exotic at the time in Great Britain, many believed the joke was real and even asked the BBC how to get their own Spaghetti tree. They doubled down on the joke telling them to “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”. Even some people in high places among the BBC fell in the joke.
I guess the BBC spreading lies was not a modern thing. But back then it was mostly for jokes and not for political correctness.