The pro-Kremlin Russian political and media establishment have grown increasingly skilled at spinning stories to highlight US political weaknesses.
Russia's efforts to sow discord, discontent and chaos extend far beyond the US, including into leading media outlets in the Arab world.
The reaction of much Russian media to the Russian spy attack highlights the paucity of different viewpoints available in Russian.
As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, both sides are developing technological capabilities, including artificial intelligence that could be used in conflict.
While specific stories from RT don't reach many people, they change the mainstream media's behaviour.
A Russian media expert spent the weekend consuming Russian coverage of America's response to the chemical attacks in Syria.
NatWest's decision to close RT accounts may not be the right move to win the information war against Russia.
With the collapse of Al Jazeera America, there may be a case for RT America as a purveyor of progressive, alternative journalism.
It's the biggest federal agency you may never have heard of, but trouble at the Broadcasting Board of Governors spells trouble for US vital interests.