Regular satire / fake news sites have a short half-life with their stories. They can go viral for a few days, that’s about it. The Russians spent millions on anti-Clinton stories targeting people in key swing counties perpetuating pedophile stories enough times until alt-right news outlets like Infowars picked them up for real which then creates a huge amplifying effect among dummies.
For $20 million, Russia had more influence than the New York Times or Washinton Post. Putin is laughing at us while China takes notes.
It’s blatantly interfering in American Elections and now we are stuck with Trump.