In 2016, Russia succeeded in re-establishing itself as the big bad bear on the scene while Uncle Sam decided to give Russian-style (and to some extent Russian-backed) cleptocracy a shot, because why the fuck not? After all: her e-mails!
Still, I keep wondering if warfare-by-bullshit would be as effective if
people like Rupert Murdoch hadn’t already weaponized the news for profit.
Not that it matters either way, I suppose. Murdoch is so old by now that even if Jerry Hall screws him to death tomorrow, and his kids’ guns jam when they go lion hunting, it will still be far too late to undo the damage.