NPR's Planet Money podcast just released a story about how a semi-washed up writer created a fake news mini-empire and raked in $30k/mo. He created several realistic looking news sites, like "The Denver Guardian" and "WashingtonPost.com.co" and made them look real by adding local news/weather/sports/etc. He eventually grew to around 25 writers and incorporated his business as "Disinfo Media." His stories were getting up to a million shares on FB for posts like "Hillary Clinton Is a Murderer" & "Muslim Nurses Won't Wash Hands Before Surgery." All of the stuff was completely made up - even the names of cities. In reality, he's just a liberal who wanted to prank a few people but it grew into a serious business. One of his "news outlets" just got banned from FB and Adsense has dropped him, but as he said, there are tons of other ad networks.