How Trump was able to attack democracy - and pick up 70m votes

US conservative outlets have a staggering reach on Facebook - and it's a powerful pull for some voters, writes Peter Geoghegan

PATRIOTS’ GAME: QAnon believer Jake A, aka Yellowstone Wolf, from Phoenix, addresses supporters of US president Donald Trump as they protest outside the Maricopa County Election Department last week. Photo: OLIVIER TOURON/AFP via Getty Images

Peter Geoghegan

In late August, roughly five weeks before Americans went to the polls, a story appeared in The New York Times reporting new data about the reach of fringe US conservative outlets on Facebook. The numbers were staggering.