The tactics included penetrating the computers of election officials in several states and releasing troves of hacked emails that embarrassed Clinton in the final months of her campaign.It's both true and it's bullshit: government and Leftist intransigence needs to be known. The release of the emails could well have been hacked by the Russians. But no one - NO ONE - denied either their validity or that they revealed the evil actions of the Left. A number of people lost their jobs due to the FACTs released to the public via the emails. And yes, the knowledge of the lack of honesty and any semblance of morality in the Left did, in fact, play to Trump's benefit. Possibly. Probably.
“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who along with two other researchers has tracked Russian propaganda since 2014. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”
But it was not FAKE NEWS. It was merely outside the control of the elites, the MSM including and especially WaPo and the Leftist owners of facebook, Twitter, etc. who wish to control the thoughts of the world. So calling it "fake" is the ploy being used to suppress facts that reflect badly on the Left. The entire premise presumes the desirability of the continued news control by the Leftist elites.
The biggest danger is that the current freedom of the internet is vulnerable to Leftist control, especially now that it is no longer controlled by the USA. Still, there could be a separate, parallel 'net created, "internet II", I suppose, to work just in free* nations. Carriers would have to be forced to provide it, probably. It could happen, in theory.
*Are there any? There will be, if the current nationalist revolt continues.