|August 25, 2020|
Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth is a 2020 non-fiction book by the American journalist and chief media correspondent for CNN Brian Stelter. The book was first published on August 25, 2020, through Atria/One Signal Publishers and centers on the relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News.
Stelter draws on over 250 sources including 140 current staffers at Fox to detail Trump's ties to Fox News and its evolution from a news network to what he describes as "state-supported TV". He charts the network's origins from its inception in 1996 under Roger Ailes to today, noting Trump's close relationship with the channel emerging back in 2012 when he was given a regular call-in spot on the show Fox & Friends, giving Trump a platform for the birtherism conspiracy and his eventual presidential run.
The book also details Trump's entwinement with Sean Hannity, with claims they speak near daily feeding each other's rhetoric of rigged elections, immigration issues, the evils of the Democrats and the "fake news media". Stelter also calls out Trump and the network's downplaying of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Fox News medical contributor Marc Siegel telling Hannity on March 6, 2020, that "at worst, at worst, worst case scenario, it could be the flu."
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- Egan, Elisabeth (10 September 2020). "In 'Hoax,' Brian Stelter Ventures Where No Author Has Gone Before". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
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