Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth

Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth

by Brian Stelter

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Overview

The instant New York Times bestseller that reveals the collusion between Fox News and Donald Trump—with explosive new reporting covering the election and the January 6 riot.

As the nation recovers from the Trump presidency, many questions remain: Why was the COVID-19 pandemic so grossly mishandled? How did we get so politically polarized? What caused white nationalist groups to come out of the shadows, and are they here to stay?

The answers lie the twisted story of the relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News. Through firsthand accounts from over 250 current and former Fox insiders, CNN anchor and chief media correspondent Brian Stelter unlocks the inner workings of Rupert Murdoch’s multibillion-dollar media empire. The confessions are shocking: “We don’t really believe all this stuff,” a producer says. “We just tell other people to believe it.”

Stelter completes the story of the Trump years and looks toward the future of the network that made him. Hoax is a book for anyone who reads the news and wonders how we got here, and what happens next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982142452
Publisher: Atria/One Signal Publishers
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,445
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of Reliable Sources, which examines the world’s top media stories every Sunday. Prior to joining CNN in 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. His first book, the New York Times bestseller Top of the Morning, inspired the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show. Stelter is a consulting producer on the series. He is also the executive producer of the HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News. He lives in New York with his wife and two children and is also the author of Hoax.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

"Batshit crazy" 7

"We surrendered" 14

"Profit machine" 19

"Unforgivable" 24

The Creation

"Everybody can be bought" 27

"An invisible hand" 34

"Mayor of Crazytown" 43

"People don't care if it's right" 47

"Planet Trump" 51

"I thought you were my friend" 55

The Candidate

"He's out of control" 61

"Me too" 63

"Business suicide" 71

"It I stay here, I'm going to get cancer" 73

"I'm a newsman" 78

"Is this really happening?" 81

"Loyalty is good" 87

The Commander

"Self-brainwashing" 93

"The crowds were much, much smaller" 98

"You're getting much better" 103

"The bandwagon" 110

"I want the O'Reilly lighting" 116

"It's going to be a catastrophe" 121

"You should be talking to Fox, okay?" 127

"Stench" 132

"Tell Sean to knock it off" 137

"Wardrobe enforcer" 142

"It's all so complicated" 145

"Anti-journalism" 148

"Why all these lies?" 157

"Willing to be accomplices" 161

"Out of bounds" 166

"We print money in the basement" 172

The Cult

"Fake freak" 181

"Clueless" 187

"Shadow chief of staff" 194

"Desperate" 199

"Executive Time" 206

"Don't be a baby" 210

"No one can stop us" 219

"Fix this" 225

"Prostitutes" 228

The Control Freak

"Hate-for-profit racket" 235

"Iceberg problem" 239

"They'll fire me" 241

"The times ahead will test all of us" 247

"They owe you an apology" 253

"What do you think?" 258

"You're going to be called on, Sean" 265

"The truth will always matter" 271

The Crisis

"Complicit" 277

"Trump will never forgive you" 281

"Democracy at risk" 283

"Heat kills this virus" 286

"Don't rock the boat" 289

"The flu is so much worse" 293

"Hazardous to our viewers" 300

"No reason to go backwards" 305

"I've been watching you" 307

"Looking for a new outlet" 310

Epilogue 315

Acknowledgments 319

Notes 321

Index 339

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