The news has had its fair share of interactions with "deep fake" and fakes news. As opposed to blindly consuming what you see on TV or read online, it’s best to go deeper into the source of a headline just to confirm its veracity. This not only keeps you in the know, but allows for you to dispel any negative consequences that can come from an incorrectly researched story.
Besides, fact-checking headlines isn’t a dig at journalists; they’re more than capable of doing their jobs. But even the professionals can be duped by a clever internet rumor. Consider it more of a precaution—instead of taking all news at face value, it’s best to keep one’s eye peeled for nefarious lies masquerading as facts.
As stated previously, journalists and the like are professionals in their field for a reason. Over time, they’ve acquired and strengthened upon skills that have made them the most adept in the art of the news, research being part a main portion of that skill set. They also have whole teams at their disposal to fact-check their fact-checking, and probably have tools that triple confirm these facts that the general public does not. This leaves a very small margin of error, wouldn't you say?
To assume you may know more than the people that have made a career in their fields is an ignorance all in themselves. Besides, if a headline seems a little whacky, it’s because, you know, we live in in a whacky era. In today’s news, anything’s possible.