“Hoax” is brand new in paperback

Order the newly expanded paperback edition of “HOAX” via Bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Simon & Schuster here.

The new edition completes the story of the Trump-and-Fox years with a new prologue about the January 6 riot; new reporting from inside Fox News HQ; and twelve new chapters about the election, the Big Lie, and the beginning of the Biden years.


About “Hoax”

Kirkus calls the book “a deep, dispiriting dive into the nefarious intersection of politics, conspiracy, lies, and money as served up by Donald Trump and Fox News.”

The New York Times says it is “a thorough and damning exploration of the incestuous relationship between Trump and his favorite channel.”

And Rachel Maddow calls it “a Rosetta Stone for stuff about this presidency that doesn’t otherwise make sense to normal humans.” Click here to order…

New York Times best-seller for three weeks in a row

“Hoax” debuted at No. 2 on the NYT’s hardcover + ebook list. It remained on the list at No. 11 in weeks two and three.

“Hoax” landed on numerous other best seller lists as well. It was No. 3 on Amazon’s most-sold list in early September:


Thank you to everyone who is reading. Keep the feedback and reviews coming!


Hoax stories and reviews

Associated Press: ‘Hoax’ book reveals extent of internal unease at Fox

Washington Post: Trump is ‘Fox’s Frankenstein,’ insiders told CNN’s Brian Stelter — and here’s the toll it’s taken

New York Times: The Incestuous Relationship Between Donald Trump and Fox News

The Guardian: Hoax review: Fox News, Donald Trump and truth v owning the libs

The Washington Post: Charting Fox News’s slide from serious news outlet to ‘state media’

Kirkus: Starred Review of “Hoax”

The Nation: The Sycophants at Fox News

Fortune: 40 Under 40: Brian Stelter

CNN Business: “At Fox News, ‘the inmates are running the asylum’

The Daily Beast: “A Potential Murdoch Family Civil War Looms Over Fox News, Insiders Tell Brian Stelter

NPR’s Fresh Air: “‘Hoax’ Traces The ‘Grotesque Feedback Loop’ Between President Trump And Fox News

Mediaite: “Liberal Researcher Who Worked at Fox News for Years Speaks Out to Brian Stelter: Many Staffers Know ‘What Fox is Peddling’ is Not the Truth

Get your copy of ‘Hoax’

Order the hardcover, ebook or audiobook edition via Bookshop, Amazon, B&N, BAM, Simon & Schuster’s website, or your favorite bookseller. Send me your feedback: Thank you for your support!

More print copies are coming soon!

Hoax “has gotten so much online and TV buzz that the publisher is rushing to print 100,000 more hardcovers, for a total of 150,000,” Mike Allen of Axios reported on Tuesday. “The book from One Signal/Atria, part of Simon & Schuster, has occupied the #1 slot on Amazon the past three days…”


Vanity Fair’s excerpt of Hoax

Landing an interview with a president used to be a big deal. Negotiations between a network producer and the White House press office could drag on for months. No detail was too small to haggle over: background, time of day, exact number of minutes. Presidential sit-downs were the pinnacles of many news anchors’ careers.

No more. Just as he has bulldozed so many political norms, Donald Trump has turned the presidential TV interview into a joke. Fox News lets him call in for talk radio-style rant sessions, the length of which are a punch line among rank-and-file Fox staffers who secretly despise him despite working for his media machine. ‘When Trump was booked for 8:10, and we had an assignment for 8:40, we didn’t bother writing it, because we knew he’d talk until the end of the hour,’ a producer for Fox & Friends told me.”

Read the rest at The Hive…

Virtual live events with Brian Stelter

AUG 27, 202092nd Street Y in New York with Kara Swisher

SEP 1, 2020Live Talks Los Angeles with Judd Apatow

SEP 2, 2020: Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. with Jay Rosen

SEP 8, 2020: The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club

SEP 8, 2020: The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

SEP 9, 2020The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco with Clara Jeffery

SEP 10, 2020: Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Ma. with Juliette Kayyem

About HOAX

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?