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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 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 “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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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 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 “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?

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Perry

    State-supported media. Donny Trump’s Propaganda machine. The best book ever at Concisely gathering and exposing the blatant manipulation by Sean Hattity and the soldier mentality of the Fox flock. A dot to dot exposure of how a conservative news channel, formerly with journalistic principles, shed its Integrity in 2017, its conservative philosophy, and its actual news team in favor of nothing but, cheerleaders and pleaders for Trump, nearly 24/7.. A scary stat: Fox News used the word “hoax” more State-supported media. Donny Trump’s Propaganda machine. The best book ever at Concisely gathering and exposing the blatant manipulation by Sean Hattity and the soldier mentality of the Fox flock. A dot to dot exposure of how a conservative news channel, formerly with journalistic principles, shed its Integrity in 2017, its conservative philosophy, and its actual news team in favor of nothing but, cheerleaders and pleaders for Trump, nearly 24/7.. A scary stat: Fox News used the word “hoax” more than 600 times in the first 6 months alone of 2020. How pathetic. How illustrative of the depths to which this “news station,” which once had promise for conservatives like me, has sunk.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald Powell

    An excellent book focusing on Fox News and its relationship with President Trump. This book is based upon well sourced facts, the truth. It reveals and documents the effects of our economic systems, our out of control anti-trust policies, systemic racism, control of information by wealthy elites, and the need to inform are so dysfunctional in our modern culture/society. This is a serious book with a serious approach. Aristocracy was the bane leading to the founding of this political experiment c An excellent book focusing on Fox News and its relationship with President Trump. This book is based upon well sourced facts, the truth. It reveals and documents the effects of our economic systems, our out of control anti-trust policies, systemic racism, control of information by wealthy elites, and the need to inform are so dysfunctional in our modern culture/society. This is a serious book with a serious approach. Aristocracy was the bane leading to the founding of this political experiment called the United States of America. Playing on well established racism and ignorance, a huge segment of our population (many of whom do not realize our racist their thinking is) are lemmings to our extant aristocracy. Thank you Brian Stelter but I doubt the people who need to read this book will do so, evidencing the importance of real journalism (one of your main points).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    I don't watch much cable or network news. i consider it low grade and sensational journalism. It is mostly journalism nonetheless except for Fox. Fox is poison. Stelter is a cable news journalist from CNN. In book form here he does good work. I may disagree with him that Fox was ever good. He seems to think once upon a time it was a legit outfit. I have never believed that I was leary of it at its inception and was not disappointed by its wrongness which only got worse over time culminating in i I don't watch much cable or network news. i consider it low grade and sensational journalism. It is mostly journalism nonetheless except for Fox. Fox is poison. Stelter is a cable news journalist from CNN. In book form here he does good work. I may disagree with him that Fox was ever good. He seems to think once upon a time it was a legit outfit. I have never believed that I was leary of it at its inception and was not disappointed by its wrongness which only got worse over time culminating in its homicidal cheerleading of Trump during the Coronavirus outbreak and it has blood on its hands. Stelter agrees and documents Trump, Fox, and its audience forming an incestous.information and money juggernaut that is not news if it ever was but a propaganda arm and main source of information for the Republican party and Trump. He covers how ratings and money incentived driving out what little news coverage the stationed claimed it was doing for a chorus of sycophants who feed their audience including the president exactly what it wanted to hear no matter how unmoored from reality. And it has a plurality of the country in a fevered delirium of its phantasmogoric hynotic hold. This isn't going away especially if Trump gets a second term and I don't think things will keep up much longer in worlds sole superpower I don't think things will be recognizable at the other end of this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gary Beauregard Bottomley

    Seriously, why bother to tell me what Fox News insiders, executives and sycophants say off-the-record about the company they work for and from which they derive their livelihood from. Is it really credible that they think Trump is a moron, or that their employee is rotten or that they hate what they have done, but all the while not doing anything of substance about it? This book is full of that kind of story ‘if only I were able to tell the truth about how we at Fox News feel about the rot that Seriously, why bother to tell me what Fox News insiders, executives and sycophants say off-the-record about the company they work for and from which they derive their livelihood from. Is it really credible that they think Trump is a moron, or that their employee is rotten or that they hate what they have done, but all the while not doing anything of substance about it? This book is full of that kind of story ‘if only I were able to tell the truth about how we at Fox News feel about the rot that we created, everyone would understand’. I'm reminded of Albert Speer and his Phil Donahue interview, ‘I was only Hitler’s architect, and some of my best friends were Jews’, if it weren’t for the architects maybe Hitler could have been slowed down, and who cares who your best friends were when you were part of the final solution. Who cares what is in the heart of the Fox News deep background sources that the author truly cherishes and doesn’t want to upset in his story telling? Daily, we get background stories in reality based news from Trump’s inner circle about how the president really doesn’t mean what he said and that his tone is better, and this author is pulling that kind of bait and switch about the truly odious nature of the enablers at Fox News. They are deplorable and they have enabled the deplorables who watch that network unleash the demon that is the Republican party all in order that they all can hate the same people and feel actualized through their hate. Shepard Smith comes out as the only decent person within the bowels of the beast that is known as Fox News. Trump is right about one thing, that fake news is real, but he doesn’t realize that Fake News and Fox News are one and the same. In the narrative of the story I am cheering on Shepard Smith, but is it really courageous to say that the Caravan is not an ‘invasion’, and is that a brave stance when it is obvious to everyone except for the deplorables who make up the Fox News universe. Unfortunately, at Fox News it was a brave stance, but really, have our standards for bravery gotten that low. And what’s this about the author who knew that Bill Barr had put pressure on Fox News to keep Judge Neopolitan (sp?) off the news. How come the author didn’t report that when it was relevant. There is an odd thing about this book. It is obsolete even though it was up to date until June 2020 with its narrative. Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter are changing everything. Trumps claims of Hoax and fake news (recall Hitler just called it ‘Jew Press’, the Germans knew what he meant) have changed the equation. Trump’s lies about Covid-19 enabled by Fox News are killing people. Fox News is becoming irrelevant because reality has consequences since reality has a liberal bias. Tucker Carlson’s white supremacy is falling flat, and Eva Braun’s Nose’s (Laura Ingram) stupidity is disappearing back in to the swamp from which they climbed out of. When I turn on my TV and Xfinity has ‘Black Lives Matter’ on it, or when my Firestick, Google search has the same or when the Milwaukee Bucks refuse to play a game and all the other sports league follow suit, the fascist at Fox News are losing. Trump’s denial of reality is only working for the already deplorable and they are not converting any but those who are already in the fascist choir. There is one line about fascists that explains the misogynists, racists, and homophobes that make up the deplorables who believe the fake news at Fox News, the individual sublimates themselves for the sake of a mystical consensus. The fascist who make up Trump’s followers very meaning for life is tied to who they hate since they hate the same people and for them their value, meaning and beliefs are tied to denying the truth because hate must be taught in order to be perpetuated and they are grasping for their last breath of hate as if their hate depends on it, because all their hate would have been for naught otherwise therefore they are fighting this fight as if their very being depends on it, since they will have lost everything that they hold dear if they must lose their hate and their sublimation of themselves to their mystical consensus would have meant they were wrong about everything. This book is obsolete already. The author believes that there are many good people who work at Fox but they are just too afraid to say it out loud. Though, the Shepard Smith story was interesting and as the author implies and I think Fox News made a huge mistake in getting rid of him because all they have left are purveyors of fake news as is amply shown in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    “The word ‘hoax’ was uttered more than nine hundred times on Fox News in the first six months of 2020. Every time Trump tweeted it, or [Sean] Hannity shouted it, a little bit more truth was chipped away from America’s foundation—precisely at a time when the country was beset by multiple crises and needed honesty and accuracy, compassion and sound science.” — Brian Stelter, Author / CNN Journalist This book, “Hoax”, highlights how Fox “News” is in a vicious loop of publicizing spiced up versions o “The word ‘hoax’ was uttered more than nine hundred times on Fox News in the first six months of 2020. Every time Trump tweeted it, or [Sean] Hannity shouted it, a little bit more truth was chipped away from America’s foundation—precisely at a time when the country was beset by multiple crises and needed honesty and accuracy, compassion and sound science.” — Brian Stelter, Author / CNN Journalist This book, “Hoax”, highlights how Fox “News” is in a vicious loop of publicizing spiced up versions of particularly volatile viewpoints, President Trump voraciously consumes Fox broadcasts, who then tweets what they broadcast, and they then report on what he tweets, they spin a new “story” and the cycle begins again. It’s a endless cycle of hyperbole, lies, and misinformation. All done at Fox for one thing, not to give or value the news, or to inform the public, but to make money. One executive joked about how the network printed money in its basement, as its $2 billion a year in profit was that lucrative. They earned their bread and butter buttering up the political base of middle America — the very same base that supports President 100% through thick or thin, hell or high water. As it is the most watched cable news channel in America, why mess with what is a highly lucrative profit machine. Stelter points out that not all people at Fox hold these views. His is an insider account, told from anonymous Fox sources who cannot speak openly for fear of losing their jobs and hence their economic livelihoods. He largely shows regard for genuine journalists of the network (in the genuine news division), compared to the opinion hosts who populate prime time and morning shows, who spawn anger, panic, incite fear, deny real news as fake, and are sycophants to a president obsessed with this network and these opinion hosts’ shows most especially. All because that promotes the bottom line. The lack of any fact checking department at Fox is proof (from the legitimate journalistic perspective) that they do not take their jobs seriously as a news agency, as fact-checking is vital for all serious news agencies. Having spent a lifetime studying Hitler’s Nazi Germany, I have seen how official propaganda (false news) propped up public sentiment in favor of the Nazi government despite the disaster of World War 2, which regular citizens didn’t understand the full extent of at the time. Without question it influenced the German people to support a government despite its massive failure to support the best interests of the German people it should have actually served and protected. One cannot help but make that comparison to today’s America and the unholy alliance between an autocratic ruler in Donald Trump and a propagandistic news network in Fox that have an unhealthy symbiotic relationship that is largely leading America toward a path of willful self-destruction.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Misfit

    I enjoyed this more than I expected. Wish I knew who the unnamed sources are ☺

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Donald Trump is a menace to civilized society. He surrounds himself with dopes who have no ideals except to be his sycophants. This book is necessary reading. We have to get rid of this crook. He makes Richard Nixon look like Mother Theresa.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samyann

    Biased? Maybe, some. However, there isn't much you'll hear that isn't true. That's a bit contradictory, but there it is, and if you listen, I believe you'll agree. This book names names. Hannity, Ingrahm, Carlson, Dobbs, even AG Barr. Where are the lawsuits for libel? Crickets. It's all true. His base will not believe a word. Hoax covers the Trump/Fox relationship well before his inauguration, early in the campaign, through the COVID pandemic. Slowly, insidiously, the entire staff of Fox became co Biased? Maybe, some. However, there isn't much you'll hear that isn't true. That's a bit contradictory, but there it is, and if you listen, I believe you'll agree. This book names names. Hannity, Ingrahm, Carlson, Dobbs, even AG Barr. Where are the lawsuits for libel? Crickets. It's all true. His base will not believe a word. Hoax covers the Trump/Fox relationship well before his inauguration, early in the campaign, through the COVID pandemic. Slowly, insidiously, the entire staff of Fox became completely obsessed with getting the ear of Trump, repeating whatever they said, propaganda or not, lies or not, in Tweets and policy. Ratings rule. Nothing else matters. NOTHING. The poison at Fox is the reason why legitimate broadcasters left the station, like Shep Smith and others, many behind the scenes. Commentator access to Trump makes you indispensable. Hello, Hannity. Daily phone buddies. America is governed by Fox commentators, Trump is an obsessive viewer and they know it, as they often speak directly to him, and he usually does what they suggest. President Trump is the president of Fox News listeners - NOT America, he never has been. Fox viewers are 24/7 watchers, hear no other viewpoints, and are deeply Indoctrinated into a cult-like obsession. Frightening. Jim Jones or David Koresh have nothing on Trump. He's the same type of leader and has created a zombie-like following, using the Fox commentators and viewers.. Shame on you, Fox. Shame.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jordan

    I feel like I need about a dozen scalding-hot showers. I mean, I could also write a whole manifesto about how Fox News has been party (or even instrumental) to ripping apart the fabric of American democracy, all in the name of profit — but who has that kind of time?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This is a knowledgeable and disturbing account of President Trump's relationship with Fox News. A MUST read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Armor

    Really frightening view of the shadow presidency at a Fox News. I listened to the audiobook and thought the author did an excellent job reading. Highly recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    James Mc Donald

    I'm reading this book now and it appears Mr. Stelter is still trying to push the Russian collusion myth as part of his attack on Fox news because the cable channel did not report what he felt the network should have reported regarding the Russian collusion investigation, like CNN did. (On a side bar, I remember the day Wolf Blitzer said he was shocked about what was in the IG report regarding Clinton's secret server and the FBI's conduct, and how that story went away) Stelter is jealous of the peo I'm reading this book now and it appears Mr. Stelter is still trying to push the Russian collusion myth as part of his attack on Fox news because the cable channel did not report what he felt the network should have reported regarding the Russian collusion investigation, like CNN did. (On a side bar, I remember the day Wolf Blitzer said he was shocked about what was in the IG report regarding Clinton's secret server and the FBI's conduct, and how that story went away) Stelter is jealous of the people over at fox as the book is sort of wacky and all and is just sort of strange in that respects. Honestly, I sort of though Mark Dice was the kindle voice, as I read Mr. Stelter's views. The primary thesis throughout the whole book failed to even remotely reference the Mueller Hearings. If you are a regular CNN or MSNBC or the other big 3 network watcher, you may not be aware about that special moment in history as it did indeed expose the hoax. You can find a copy of that book here on Amazon: (Transcripts of the Mueller Hearings: House Committee on the Judiciary & House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hearings). I've read this book with review too. In my view, CNN is the flagship of propaganda and it's apparent the network is getting really worried they are losing the psywar on the rest of the population and the example can be found reading Jeffrey Toobin's book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump as both books from these CNN authors forgot about all of the other publications from the government pointing out, there was a coup attempt and most of the MSM was a part of it as noted in the references below. Additionally, although I suspect both authors working for CNN (Stelter & Toobin) got together with Josh Campbell also working for CNN, was a FBI agent and was the special assistant to James Comey. I am grateful for Mr. Campbell's service to my country but regretfully, the FBI agent also forgot to point out the potential to improve the quality of the FBI, as referenced below. FBI IG Report: A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election: U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General DOJ OIG REPORT INTO CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION: DOJ OIG RELEASES REPORT ON VARIOUS ACTIONS BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN ADVANCE OF THE 2016 ELECTION House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Interview of Glenn Simpson House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Meeting Transcript (January 29, 2018): Includes BOTH The Nunes and Schiff Memos A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe: February 2018 Report on Russian Active Measures: The Declassified Investigation into Russian Interference Transcripts of the Mueller Hearings: House Committee on the Judiciary & House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hearings Interview of Bruce Ohr: Committee On The Judiciary, Joint With The Committee On Government Reform And Oversight Interview of Lisa Page: Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. House Of Representatives Interview of Peter Strzok: Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. House Of Representatives Michael Horowitz statement Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee 11 Dec 2019: Examining the IG Report on Abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA The Clinton Email Server Report: Department of State Report on Security Incidents Related to Potentially Classified Emails sent to Former Secretary of State Clinton’s Private Email Server, Oct 2019 The FBI Confidential Source Failure: Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of its Confidential Human Source Validation Processes by the Office of the Inspector General EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: OIG Report 09 Dec. 2019 Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice 09 December 2019 Report of Investigation of Former FBI Director James Comey: Disclosure of Sensitive Investigative Information and Handling of Certain Memoranda Finally, there was a biological creation made in China as CNN is really, really confused on who responsible for the mess as it wasn't the potus but these people do need a different narrative because everything previously has failed. The book fails for me and is even more of a mess than Toobin or Josh Campbell's books as I've read those two books from CNN too. It's weirdly disturbing people are supporting this book and it's difficult to know if these people supporting this pos are just clueless or they are the enemy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rick Lee Lee James

    Fox News is a dangerous cult that radicalizes it’s viewers into puppets for the right. It’s a cult because it’s viewers believe it is the one and only truth, even though it bends the truth to fit its narratives. It’s a cult because it’s brainwashed viewers become followers who not only can’t recognize the truth about Donald Trump, they refuse to acknowledge truth when it is presented to them. I’ve seen family members, friends, and fellow church members succumb again and again to this cult. They Fox News is a dangerous cult that radicalizes it’s viewers into puppets for the right. It’s a cult because it’s viewers believe it is the one and only truth, even though it bends the truth to fit its narratives. It’s a cult because it’s brainwashed viewers become followers who not only can’t recognize the truth about Donald Trump, they refuse to acknowledge truth when it is presented to them. I’ve seen family members, friends, and fellow church members succumb again and again to this cult. They have their own code words, they speak the same language, and they are all convinced that men like Donald Trump are Saviors, failing today see that they are charlatans. It’s a cult because it makes their viewers believe they can’t trust anyone else and it’s a cult because it has watered down religion for its viewers and has created a new religion where Donald Trump is the Bulwark of truth agains the powers and principalities of darkness, when he is in fact a failed businessman and charlatan. This is an important book in helping us understand how things got so bad. If only the people who need to read it would, but I’m afraid they are already so far gone that it would never make a difference.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Wow. I knew it was bad, but I still had no clue. Reading the same things that come out the mouths (verbatim) of my Trumpbot friends and associates as a regular defense of Trump was just astounding. They are really Foxbots, brainwashed and programmed to repeat the same things they hear on the air. It's like Hannity and Carlson have their hands up the asses of these people I know, and control all the bullshit they spew. How sad we have ended up here. Biased "news," be it left or right, just needs t Wow. I knew it was bad, but I still had no clue. Reading the same things that come out the mouths (verbatim) of my Trumpbot friends and associates as a regular defense of Trump was just astounding. They are really Foxbots, brainwashed and programmed to repeat the same things they hear on the air. It's like Hannity and Carlson have their hands up the asses of these people I know, and control all the bullshit they spew. How sad we have ended up here. Biased "news," be it left or right, just needs to go the fuck away. (Speaking the same language as the author used. He's pissed, I'm pissed.) These "news" organizations are destroying the country by ripping us in half, and this book shows how one in particular feeds the ego of a pathological narcissist. Bad for all of us, left or right. (I know, those who disagree will use the programmed response of "MSNBC is worse." I never watch that tripe either, so save your bullshit schoolyard response.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    The night of the 2016 election, a commentator noted that the Republican party would have to change. Its mostly white members were growing older while the country was becoming more diverse. At that point, everyone figured the election was in the bag for Hillary Clinton. The commentator could not have been more wrong. This book shows exactly what went sideways for Clinton, via Trump's use of Fox news to essentially carry water for his whims and needs. Fox, in the interest of viewership and money, b The night of the 2016 election, a commentator noted that the Republican party would have to change. Its mostly white members were growing older while the country was becoming more diverse. At that point, everyone figured the election was in the bag for Hillary Clinton. The commentator could not have been more wrong. This book shows exactly what went sideways for Clinton, via Trump's use of Fox news to essentially carry water for his whims and needs. Fox, in the interest of viewership and money, became the second part of this symbiotic relationship by manipulating the racial and economic fears of its own elderly voter audience into Trump worshippers. The author had no shortage of uncomfortable sources from Fox news itself feeling revolted and even having to go to therapy over the Trump/Fox relationship. This book was a little slow at times but a very good examination of how one television network became a kind of state-run media for a politician willing to do anything for success.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam King

    Given the mostly anonymous nature of many of the alleged fox sources, I had to take this book with a grain of salt. Notwithstanding, the author put together a daily engaging and entertaining book. We may just all be primed at this point to digest scandals about the president, but there did seems to be a measured approach to the author’s take. He from the start admits his affiliation and his bias is clear. However, this was not just a Fox News is evil book, which is what I was half expecting. Ins Given the mostly anonymous nature of many of the alleged fox sources, I had to take this book with a grain of salt. Notwithstanding, the author put together a daily engaging and entertaining book. We may just all be primed at this point to digest scandals about the president, but there did seems to be a measured approach to the author’s take. He from the start admits his affiliation and his bias is clear. However, this was not just a Fox News is evil book, which is what I was half expecting. Instead, we engage with is now a minority of fox execs and reporters who are grappling with the moral dilemma with ratings over all else. From that standpoint, it isn’t hard to understand how Fox has evolved into what it is today. While there were many sardonic slights throughout, there seemed to be a legitimate attempt to present a balanced account of Fox News.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Highly recommended. Equal parts fascinating and horrifying. Some of what's contained within made me shake my head in shock. The Trump loyalists won't like this, but it's a damning indictment of the Trump-FOX News relationship. As close to state-run TV as you get in a country that isn't a dictatorship.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Yes I knew Trump watched a lot of TV coverage, and occasionally something from Fox was said by him. But this greatly clarified the depth and frequency of where some of the ideas started and how much the Fox diet helps Trump and viewers have a different view of reality.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arthea J. Larson

    Well-researched and neither dry nor salacious. We need to know this information. If all you watch is Fox, you don’t know truth or facts and likely don’t care about them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Art

    This filled in a lot of holes. Good read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karyl

    I heard about this book on NPR, and I felt it was something that really needed to be read and discussed in this very divisive political climate. I am 41 years old, and I wasn’t really as politically aware twenty years ago as I am now. But then it didn’t feel nearly as necessary. George W. Bush was president, and while it came out that he lied (or was misinformed) about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, it wasn’t the constant stream of lies and misinformation and propaganda coming out of t I heard about this book on NPR, and I felt it was something that really needed to be read and discussed in this very divisive political climate. I am 41 years old, and I wasn’t really as politically aware twenty years ago as I am now. But then it didn’t feel nearly as necessary. George W. Bush was president, and while it came out that he lied (or was misinformed) about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, it wasn’t the constant stream of lies and misinformation and propaganda coming out of the current White House. I’d always known that Fox News was anything but “fair and balanced,” and instead more of an “entertainment” channel, as described by its founder, but it’s very clear how far off the rails that channel has gone since Trump’s election and the death of Roger Ailes. I can understand why Stelter doesn’t reveal all of his sources. Trump himself is extremely vengeful to anyone who disagrees with him, and most people have families and retirement funds to think of. Is it worth losing your job and any chance of working elsewhere (since it seems that other stations want nothing to do with most Fox News employees) just to be on record for this book? I think not. I have a few friends on my Facebook timeline who are Fox News watchers, and I also have friends whose friends consume only Fox News as their media diet. It’s mind-blowing to read this book and see exactly where all of their conspiracy theories and false information has come from. They’re literally parroting what Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity has told them to say and to think, just like Trump parrots exactly what those men say. What angers me the most is the degradation of the ethics of journalism in today’s America. Journalists as part of their training are taught ethics; they can’t just sit at their desks and make up stories. They have to go out and observe and take notes and report with as little bias as possible — what they have been doing since journalism became a profession. Obviously we have some sources of yellow journalism, but most in the profession hew to an ethical line. But with Hannity and Carlson screaming about FAKE NEWS and calling less propaganda-filled news stations FAKE and full of hoaxes, they’ve convinced their viewers that their news is the only truth to be had, when it’s full of lies and misinformation. They’ve denigrated their own profession so much, and it’s infuriating when it’s they who are engaging in fake news and hoaxes. Now with COVID-19 having killed nearly 200,000 Americans as of today, one has to wonder how many would still be alive had the President and Fox News not continually said this was just the flu, that it was nothing to worry about, that it was more important to worry about the economy than about people’s lives. I really hope Stelter can update this book after the election, especially if Trump does not win re-election. And I hope that once Trump leaves office, Fox News will somehow find its way back from the swamp of misinformation and lies and sycophancy it finds itself in now.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    “This story is about a rot at the core of our politics. It’s about an ongoing attack on the very idea of a free and fair press. It’s about the difference between news and propaganda. It’s about the difference between state media and the fourth estate. So excuse me if I swear a little—but I am alarmed, and you should be too.” ― Brian Stelter, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth “This story is about a rot at the core of our politics. It’s about an ongoing attack on th “This story is about a rot at the core of our politics. It’s about an ongoing attack on the very idea of a free and fair press. It’s about the difference between news and propaganda. It’s about the difference between state media and the fourth estate. So excuse me if I swear a little—but I am alarmed, and you should be too.” ― Brian Stelter, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth “This story is about a rot at the core of our politics. It’s about an ongoing attack on the very idea of a free and fair press. It’s about the difference between news and propaganda. It’s about the difference between state media and the fourth estate. So excuse me if I swear a little—but I am alarmed, and you should be too.” ― Brian Stelter, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth In all honesty, this was an exact to the point heated discussion of what it's like to believe in the false narrative that's been set by such an organization and news outlet like Fox and the enablers behind it all that continue to spue the hatred, vile, disgust rather than unite and collaborate. It's a new realm that looks not at actions to digress fact from fiction but rather at mere words and as long as those words are full of ego trips they are all in. It's a version of white nationalism that's so disgusting that only the white man and or woman can stand to utilize it against others who they feel are lesser than themselves. It's nothing more than a cult, a group of enablers, a loyal following of gatherers who want to use fear, intrepidation, threats, retaliation, and hush money to get what they need. It's a loyalty to THE ONE but the same will never be reciprocated and they seem to not care because of the brashness of their own actions. It's a cult that uses false information to bring home a point but that point is skewed by negativity and incorrect statements that are proven as fallacies yet are still believed. I know this gaslighting well after having married a malignant narcissist and I speak from experience that the smoke, fog, mirrors is very hard to see out from when actively engaged in it as mainstream media. Even with proof, even with documents, even with legal accuracy these individuals will stay as groupies blindly following whatever their main leader dictates to them. It's dangerous when this toxicity can exemplify such boldness to explain away his own actions while seeking to blame and default while destroying countless lives around him daily. At this point we can only hope, pray, and VOTE! Thank you to Bibliotheca for this e-read in exchange for this honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carla Bayha

    Confession: I've watched thousands of hours of the "Food Network" (good white noise to stop the dog barking at people outside walking) and fewer than 20 of Fox "News." In this well-researched, riveting and damning book, Stelter makes clear that whatever intentions Ailes and Murdoch had when they founded the "lifestyle brand," to make it a conservative cable network, it took a sharp turn in 2008 when a black man was elected president and its attacks on Obama were surprisingly well received by the Confession: I've watched thousands of hours of the "Food Network" (good white noise to stop the dog barking at people outside walking) and fewer than 20 of Fox "News." In this well-researched, riveting and damning book, Stelter makes clear that whatever intentions Ailes and Murdoch had when they founded the "lifestyle brand," to make it a conservative cable network, it took a sharp turn in 2008 when a black man was elected president and its attacks on Obama were surprisingly well received by the hitherto more silent racist minority. (Fox has daily ratings meetings analysing minute by minute.) It's filled with stories about how college drop-out and "elites" hating Sean Hannity turned into the president whisperer, and "phones" his stories in--he was on tape on the last big election night!--from his mansions in Long Island and Naples. How the Russian Intelligence Agency invented the cruel Seth Rich conspiracy to hurt Hillary Clinton, and how Fox ran with it. How Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit  included complaints of "severe and pervasive sexual harassment" by nice guy Steve Doocy. How "Team Roger" and "leg chair"  and mobile phone dick picture fan Kimberly Guilfoyle had no choice but to hitch a ride on the "Trump Train,"  after being forced out of Fox.  Since the only reading that Trump does is Twitter and Fox News chyrons (Stelter's reporting indicates he watches opinion TV  for hours a day)  the eternal feedback loop of Hannity, Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson, and Trump Twitter has created a state supported propaganda machine of unparalleled destruction. The author quotes David Plouffe arguing with Brian Kilmeade on a rare appearance on  "Fox and Friends": "Media accounts should hold the powerful to account--not the account to the powerful."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    A fresh addition to my #IndividualOne bookshelf. Stelter sets himself a task and does not waver. He doesn't go back over the excruciatingly painful details of Trump's first years in office. Instead he chews off a very specific story...the connections between Trump and FOX new. Who influences whom? Where some of their shared lines originated. This book (at least the epilogue) was written soon after the horrific murder of George Floyd, and the teargassing of protesters so Trump could have his phot A fresh addition to my #IndividualOne bookshelf. Stelter sets himself a task and does not waver. He doesn't go back over the excruciatingly painful details of Trump's first years in office. Instead he chews off a very specific story...the connections between Trump and FOX new. Who influences whom? Where some of their shared lines originated. This book (at least the epilogue) was written soon after the horrific murder of George Floyd, and the teargassing of protesters so Trump could have his photo-op in front of a church, holding a Bible upside down. It is fresh. Stelter investigates how closely aligned Trump and FOX were on talking points for Covid 19...he traces the first mentions of HCQ, from FOX guest to Trump's horrifying daily Coronavirus Task Force briefings...Stelter calls them DJT's daily campaign rallies. He covers many of the personalities on the network...those opinion commentators who seem to enjoy unfettered access to the man who is SUPPOSED to be working. In fact, he watches FOX all morning, and during the briefings, would share whatever the party line was in the morning, and then he'd retreat to the residence to watch the reviews of his performances. I've always been torn about his lack of serious work...on one hand, it's scandalous. On the other, he's like a child...if he's distracted, he can't create havoc. This book should make us all weep in despair. Elect a TV personality with a hungry ego, and get a media nightmare. I appreciated Stelter's deep knowledge, his research, and his personal observations. It's even worse than we feared.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Writemoves

    I can’t say that I learned much new about Fox News and/or Donald Trump from this book. Obviously Stelter has a lot of willing contacts and informants within Fox News. There does appear to be an internal “resistance movement” within Fox who are concerned about the network’s alliance with Donald Trump and the Republican party. I’ll say this, Fox News must be one helluva place to work with all the sexual scandals, office politics, character assassinations and corporate intrigue going on. There are s I can’t say that I learned much new about Fox News and/or Donald Trump from this book. Obviously Stelter has a lot of willing contacts and informants within Fox News. There does appear to be an internal “resistance movement” within Fox who are concerned about the network’s alliance with Donald Trump and the Republican party. I’ll say this, Fox News must be one helluva place to work with all the sexual scandals, office politics, character assassinations and corporate intrigue going on. There are some heroes at Fox: Carl Cameron, Chris Wallace, Shep Smith, Neil Cavuto and Brett Baier who have not sold their souls to the devil. Fox villians and villianesses include Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Roger Ailes, Laura Ingraham, Steve Doocy, Greg Gutfeld etc. There were a number of interesting anecdotes but very few that I would rate as “blockbusters.” If there were more anecedotes of people acting responsibly at Fox News that would be surprising (and encouraging). Fox’s coverage of the Covid pandemic has been horrible. I bought this book. I wish I had skimmed it from my local library.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Sepulveda

    An interesting look into Fox News and how they have really become the Trump Propaganda Machine. As the author points out, Fox has always been conservative. However, in the Age of Trump, Fox needs him and he needs them to promote each other’s brands. There’s really good insight into the “stars” of Fox such as Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, Bill Shine and others. So many Fox albums have ended up working in Trump White House. It’s interesting the divide at Fox. There are journalists and producers commit An interesting look into Fox News and how they have really become the Trump Propaganda Machine. As the author points out, Fox has always been conservative. However, in the Age of Trump, Fox needs him and he needs them to promote each other’s brands. There’s really good insight into the “stars” of Fox such as Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, Bill Shine and others. So many Fox albums have ended up working in Trump White House. It’s interesting the divide at Fox. There are journalists and producers committed to reporting factual and balanced news even with a conservative slant. But due to ratings and ultimately greed, the Network has embraced hardline and very biased taint towards Trump and extreme right wing ideology. The viewers demand this so Fox indulges this. Very insightful book about a powerful network, ratings and the shaping of the Trump presidency. I enjoyed this book because it’s different from the other Trump books I read. It’s more focused on the aspect of Trump presidency through Lens of Fox’s hosts and their drama as opposed to just reporting about the past four years of the administration.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rick Rohlfing

    The title says it all, and to its point, it's well written and documented. This book opens a window into the marriage of the darker sides of media and politics. I asked myself what analogous event I had in my life that I could compare the reading of this book to? The only thing that came to mind was experiencing the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. As I descended the stairs at my place of work, each step was moving inches in every direction as I attempted to plant my foot on it. Once I got out of The title says it all, and to its point, it's well written and documented. This book opens a window into the marriage of the darker sides of media and politics. I asked myself what analogous event I had in my life that I could compare the reading of this book to? The only thing that came to mind was experiencing the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. As I descended the stairs at my place of work, each step was moving inches in every direction as I attempted to plant my foot on it. Once I got out of the building, I watched as 6x8 foot pains of glass popped from the four story buildings across the street and came crashing down. When I looked down the street, the pavement was rising and falling in two to three foot waves moving to the south. As my unquestioning trust in the stability of the ground beneath my feet will now forever be in question with an element of fear, so will be my trust or faith in the media and politicians. Whether misplaced trust or naivety, this book will replace it with a new reality, awareness and, hopefully, scrutiny.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy McCoskey

    the author's beat is the media, thus he has many sources in Fox News and has gotten to see first-hand the machinations, misinterpretations, misrepresentations, mishugas...there so Trump does not attend or read intelligence briefings, working papers, the minutia necessary to govern instead, "Executive Time", 6 hours daily of nothing but Fox he exists in a bubble and not only does Fox lie to us, but it lies to Trump and those lies are what he bases his "decision-making" on this is scary and sad Fox New the author's beat is the media, thus he has many sources in Fox News and has gotten to see first-hand the machinations, misinterpretations, misrepresentations, mishugas...there so Trump does not attend or read intelligence briefings, working papers, the minutia necessary to govern instead, "Executive Time", 6 hours daily of nothing but Fox he exists in a bubble and not only does Fox lie to us, but it lies to Trump and those lies are what he bases his "decision-making" on this is scary and sad Fox News reporters (not the opinionators) can leave the network in disgust, but those who shape and misshape the molding of policy don't leave not only are they taking Trump for a ride, they're also doing it to the US and the world as an example, telling all that Covid 19 is a hoax while simultaneously taking every precaution possible at the network to keep it away from its employees serves whom?!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madelon

    If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you don't, won't, or can't bring yourself to watch Fox News. You hear about what goes on there from other sources and mute the sound or switch the channel when you hear particular voices. HOAX is the book for you! It tells you what is going on both on-screen and behind the scenes at Trump TV. Fact checkers and truth tellers will appreciate the chronology that itemizes how TV ratings, so cherished by Fox News 'talent,' synchronize with the lies o If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you don't, won't, or can't bring yourself to watch Fox News. You hear about what goes on there from other sources and mute the sound or switch the channel when you hear particular voices. HOAX is the book for you! It tells you what is going on both on-screen and behind the scenes at Trump TV. Fact checkers and truth tellers will appreciate the chronology that itemizes how TV ratings, so cherished by Fox News 'talent,' synchronize with the lies of Trump and his administration. Fox & Friends say it, Hannity says it, Trump turns it into policy. If the book seems dauntingly long, keep in mind that almost 20% of the book is end notes and an index. This is true of pretty much all of the tell-all books that are hitting the shelves in almost record numbers. The book is written by a media commentator who wants to see some actual journalism on Fox and not the fairy tales being told by the 'talent.'

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

    Another Trump book that one goes in with a very low bar in terms of expectations, simply because the subject is so well known especially when hearing about the ties between the administration and Fox News. Also, no offense to Brian Stelter: he seems competent but we aren't dealing with Walter Cronkite here. However, Stelter does a pretty decent job in showing just how insidious this twisted relationship is between these two dysfunctional entities and how the American public is so worse off becau Another Trump book that one goes in with a very low bar in terms of expectations, simply because the subject is so well known especially when hearing about the ties between the administration and Fox News. Also, no offense to Brian Stelter: he seems competent but we aren't dealing with Walter Cronkite here. However, Stelter does a pretty decent job in showing just how insidious this twisted relationship is between these two dysfunctional entities and how the American public is so worse off because of it. If there was ever an Exhibit A of the reason the fairness doctrine or something that resembles it need to come back into law, this should be it. To think that major policy decisions over the past 4 years and likely 4 more have been dictated by the whims of such ill-informed, narcissistic, hateful and petty personalities is abhorrent and terrifying in equal measures.

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