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Author: Brian Stelter Narrator: Brian Stelter Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797106366

Publisher Description

The urgent and untold story of the collusion between Fox News and Donald Trump from the New York Times bestselling author of Top of the Morning.

While other leaders were marshaling resources to combat the greatest pandemic in modern history, President Donald Trump was watching TV. Trump watches over six hours of Fox News a day, a habit his staff refers to as “executive time.” In January 2020, when Fox News began to downplay COVID-19, the President was quick to agree. In March, as the deadly virus spiraled out of control, Sean Hannity mocked “coronavirus hysteria” as a “new hoax” from the left. Millions of Americans took Hannity and Trump's words as truth—until some of them started to get sick.

In Hoax, CNN anchor and chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tells the twisted story of the relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News. From the moment Trump glided down the golden escalator to announce his candidacy in the 2016 presidential election to his acquittal on two articles of impeachment in early 2020, Fox hosts spread his lies and smeared his enemies. Over the course of two years, Stelter spoke with over 250 current and former Fox insiders in an effort to understand the inner workings of Rupert Murdoch's multibillion-dollar media empire. Some of the confessions are alarming. “We don't really believe all this stuff,” a producer says. “We just tell other people to believe it.”

At the center of the story lies Sean Hannity, a college dropout who, following the death of Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes, reigns supreme at the network that pays him $30 million a year. Stelter describes the raging tensions inside Fox between the Trump loyalists and the few remaining journalists. He reveals why former chief news anchor Shep Smith resigned in disgust in 2019; why a former anchor said “if I stay here I’ll get cancer;” and how Trump has exploited the leadership vacuum at the top to effectively seize control of the network.

Including never before reported details, Hoax exposes the media personalities who, though morally bankrupt, profit outrageously by promoting the President’s propaganda and radicalizing the American right. It is a book for anyone who reads the news and wonders: How did this happen?

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  • “A thorough and damning exploration of the incestuous relationship between Trump and his favorite channel.”

    - New York Times
  • “A juicy book about the democracy-threatening relationship between Fox News and Donald Trump.”

    - Washington Post
  • “[Stelter] chronicles the symbiotic relationship between [Trump] and Rupert Murdoch’s most famous product…Hoax is amply documented.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • “Stelter’s account gives a sense that […] there’s no one really in control — that Hannity, Carlson, Ingraham and the “Fox & Friends” morning team can essentially do what they want.”

    - Associated Press
  • “A deep, dispiriting dive into the nefarious intersection of politics, conspiracy, lies, and money as served up by Donald Trump and Fox News.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Stelter energetically narrates this impassioned takedown of the incestuous relationship between President Trump and Fox News…He reads his tell-all at a quick pace, his cadence worthy of a schooled broadcaster, his tone indignant…His audiobook is a must for anyone who wants to understand Fox and its most important viewer.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Media and Communications Industry
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks

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About the Author

Brian Stelter is an author and 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, he 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, and he 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.