Because of but the Russian hacked Democratic websites and stolen emails, we know that the Russians helped pick this president.
But, from talking to folks around me who believe this stuff, the Russian and profiteer driven propaganda campaign probably had the greatest influence.
Combine right wing patriotism and Russian propaganda with the profit motive and you get the perfect storm ...
as leader of the free world.
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
Though widely seen as a propaganda organ, the Russian site [RT, formerly known as Russia Today] has gained credibility with some American conservatives. Trump sat for an interview with RT in September. His nominee for national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, traveled to Russia last year for a gala sponsored by the network. He later compared it to CNN.
[Flynn won't disclose his payment from RT for that speech and other consulting work.]
The content from Russian sites has offered ready fodder for U.S.-based websites pushing far-right conservative messages. A former contractor for one, the Next News Network, said he was instructed by the site’s founder, Gary S. Franchi Jr., to weave together reports from traditional sources such as the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times with ones from RT, Sputnik and others that provided articles that often spread explosively online.
“The readers are more likely to share the fake stories, and they’re more profitable,” said Dyan Bermeo, who said he helped assemble scripts and book guests for Next News Network before leaving because of a pay dispute and concerns that “fake news” was crowding out real news.
In just the past 90 days — a period that has included the closing weeks of the campaign, Election Day and its aftermath — the YouTube audience of Next News Network has jumped from a few hundred thousand views a day to a few million, according to analytics firm Tubular Labs. In October alone, videos from Next News Network were viewed more than 56 million times.