The Influence of
Fake News Stories
Some were created by US businessmen because they generated profits. These fake news reports were also believed because an ill-informed segment of US society wanted to believe them.
They were also believed because the originators took great effort in disguising them as legitimate news.
In a seven minute audio file National Public Radio reported an in-depth investigation on fake news and found that almost all were pro-Trump and anti-Clinton.
It is impossible to tell how much influence the false pro-Trump stories originating in Russia had on the election.
When voters were questioned, the purely erroneous assertions were often repeated as a way of explaining why they voted the way they did.