And that could have worrying implications for the free press.
The press does not just reflect the attitudes of its readers, it creates and shapes them.
Helped by a former White House aide, trolls associated with the QAnon conspiracy spread rumours that the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice had died.
Pete Hegseth said he doesn’t believe in germs because “I can’t see them, therefore they are not real.”
For as long as the Democratic Party fails to understand authentic social media use, it will fail to mobilise young voters the way organic social media users do.
Don’t do this, kids.
Recent revelations suggest close communication between the Trump team and Julian Assange, but there is plenty of other evidence of links between both them and Russia.
The wider context of Wohl’s scam attempt is that the far right are trying to appropriate the Me Too movement as a political weapon. That should chill us all.
The over-hasty reports that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had resigned play into the hands of those stoking distrust of the media.
The backlash has been extreme. But so has the support.