Yes, fake news works. It gets the job done. And, in the end, satan gets to drag all of his lying partners into hell with him. And I guess in that sense, he ‘wins’.
In the 21st century, satan has found a home. Jesus called the devil a liar and the Father of Lies. He said that when he lies he is speaking his own language – because the truth is not to be found in him. And as I have said – just as the bank robbers often wear the uniforms of bank guards or police, so the very real adversary of our souls laces everything he does with at least the appearance of truth. It’s how deception climbs into our lives. It most usually clothes itself as hard fact. And the further humans stray from our responsibility to “make sure of all things for ourselves and to tightly hold onto the things that are good and true” (another Bible passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 – my paraphrase), the easier it is for liars to survive and prosper.