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The instant New York Times best seller 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.

©2020 Brian Stelter. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Scary but and Interesting Read!!

The author/narrator made it quite clear we do indeed have a communication barrier where our political views are. Being a, (HOPEFULLY) moderate to liberal Democrat, I hope the message I got from this missive was, (though there are tough times ahead), in America as a democracy there is always hope for a better future. Also, as a visually impaired user of Audible, there's hardly any nicer thing than a well written/well narrated book. that's exactly what I got from this one. Brian, I believe was fair and informative. If a person wishes to read a good Halloween story, unfortunately this is a fine one for that. The truth is sometimes hard to listen to and believe. THANK YOU BRIAN! I don't sleep well anymore anyway.

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Excellent Read

I wish everyone would read this book. I often wonder how supposedly sane Americans could possibly support such a mendacious, divisive, narcissistic person to lead the country. Reading this book gives me a better understanding of how people can literally get brain washed. Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, Sean Hannity and Donald Trump all have blood on their hands.

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An answer filled horror story

Stelter does an amazing job telling the story of Foxnews. Clearly, this book was extensively researched and had an obscene amount of interviews and emails to support the claims. I imagine that Hoax will be a must read historical document in 50 years, assuming America is still around and survived Trump. And as much as this book is a narrative around Trump, it spends more time focused on how Trump became Trump rather than just constantly complaining about him.

I really enjoyed the book and will buy the next Stelter as well.

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Eye opening

I’ve been following the misinformation campaign from Fox News since the 2016 campaign baving Brian Stelter lay it all out, with his behind the scenes information, really put it all into perspective. I have friends who think that Fox is the truth and nothing but the truth and all other media outlets lie. I wish they would open their eyes and their minds and listen to this book. I’ll share it with them. But unfortunately I don’t think it will help.

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Fox is such a swamp

Love the book, great inside info on the swamp fox is. Great listen and well read by Brain.

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Clarifies the origin of mistruths and disinformati

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.

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A little thin in parts but still really good

Due to unnamed sources(understandably) the book lacks the kind of power it could have with some names to quotes to help shine the light on the hypocrisy behind the scenes at Fox News. Overall it doesn’t paint a very different picture than what we already knew or assumed, but Brian does a good job laying it all out in a compelling way that’s easy to digest.

I’ve listened to a ton of political audiobooks while working and Brian’s performance is probably the most energetic and enthusiastic I’ve heard in this genre. It gives the book itself an overall personality that make it shine in this format. It’ll even probably affect how I read his tweets from now on.

Overall a worthwhile listen for any news or political junkie in 2020 and compelling enough that I’ll be purchasing a physical copy for my collection. I don’t know anything about how this book came to be, but the final product feels like a passion project, and that’s saying something given how bleak and toxic the subject matter of Fox News and its culture can be.

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Well written and presented.

While the subject matter is truly frightening, I did find it enlightening and insightful. Thank you to Brian Stelter for being brave enough to write it. God bless you and protect you.

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Easy Read

This is a well reasesrched and well read account of a troubling time at Fox News.

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Great and disturbing

An excellent bit of investigative reporting inside a business ripping our country apart. Very interesting

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