Why should Russian sourced stories – if they indeed occurred – be any more influential than US generated stories, including the false claims from the candidates themselves?
A young American's fate becomes a metaphor, a kind of symbol, of a big story about thousands of nameless statistics locked up and oppressed in North Korea. They are voiceless. But Otto Warmbier speaks of their suffering from his grave.
Far from representing the return of Franco, Hitler or Mussolini, The Donald has shown he's just an incompetent oscillator, who has presided over the most chaotic start to an administration in living memory.
Trump can indeed unravel existing and planned clean energy legislation, and that could mean it will not meet its emissions reductions commitments; but the rest of the world will look beyond this to the next presidency.