Brian Stelter on Fox News and Reed Hastings on Netflix

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In his new ebook, “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” the CNN journalist Brian Stelter offers what our reviewer David Enrich known as “a thorough and damning exploration of the incestuous relationship between Trump and his favorite channel.” Stelter talks about “Hoax” on this week’s podcast.

“Fox’s influence is constant,” he says. “When Trump threatened North Korea and said he had a bigger button than Kim Jong-un, it was because of a Fox segment. When he grants pardons, it’s because of Fox. When he attacks big technology companies, it’s because of Fox. When he raged about migrant caravans, it was because of Fox.” Stelter contrasts this with earlier presidents, who might have taken cues from the media however not in such an amazing approach. “Barack Obama watched ESPN in the evening rather than MSNBC. George W. Bush might have watched some Fox, but he wasn’t consumed by it the way that this president is. So it’s an unprecedented relationship, it really is.”

Reed Hastings, the co-chief govt of Netflix, visits the podcast to speak about his new ebook, written with Erin Meyer, “No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.” “I think all forms of entertainment, including video games and YouTube and books and television, compete for people’s attentions,” Hastings says. “But any one form is not going to achieve success by imitating another. So we don’t sit around and say, ‘Let’s make our movies to be more like Fortnite, the video game.’”

Additionally on this week’s episode, Alexandra Alter has information from the publishing world; and MJ Franklin and John Williams speak about what individuals are studying. Pamela Paul is the host.

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