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Hoaxed (2019 Film)

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Directed byScooter Downey
Jon du Toit
Produced byMike Cernovich
David Luga
Screenplay byJustin Gum
Music byStephen Limbaugh
CinematographyJustin Gum
Edited byScooter Downey
Jon du Toit
El Ride Productions
Release date
  • 24 January 2019 (2019-01-24) (US)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Hoaxed: Everything They Told Us Was a Lie, also known simply as Hoaxed, is a 2019 independent documentary, produced by Mike Cernovich and directed by Scooter Downey and Jon du Toit, exploring the consequences of "Fake News" and media bias in the United States,[1] particularly during and after the 2016 presidential election. It stars Cernovich, Alex Jones, Scott Adams, Jordan Peterson, Cassie Jaye, and James O'Keefe.


Hoaxed includes over 35 interviews from a variety of individuals, including journalists and political commentators. It offers commentary on the media's coverage of Pizzagate, the Charlottesville Rally, and the 2017 Congressional baseball game shooting.


The film was produced by American journalist and filmmaker Mike Cernovich and directed by Scooter Downey and John du Toit.[2] It raised $163,007 from 1,702 backers on crowdfunding portal Kickstarter in July 2017.[3] The score for Hoaxed was written by independent twin music act Milk N Cooks,[4] while folk musician Josh Hanson is credited with producing a track included in the film.[5]


Prior to its release, the film was marketed as Hoaxed: The Media's War on the Truth. The official trailer for Hoaxed premiered in January 2018 in Manhattan at "A Night For Freedom", a gala organised by Cernovich.[6]

In March 2020, Hoaxed was released on Amazon Prime Video, but it was removed by Amazon the following month. The removal triggered some criticism in the media.[7]


Writing for the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard called the film "a visual broadside on the hypocrisy seen often in liberal media".[8] Deborah Franklin in her review for the American Thinker argued that the success of Hoaxed was "another sign of the public’s growing disillusionment with the media".[9] The Human Events reviewer Will Chamberlain saw the film as a "meta-exercise" in "framing", offering that "Cernovich, a master rhetorician himself, has set and used frames to control the way we view him personally."[2]

Hoaxed was 8th on the iTunes Movies US–Independent chart for the week ending April 12th, 2020,[10] and it was 3rd for the week ending April 19th, 2020.[11]


  1. Holt, Kristoffer (2019). Right-Wing Alternative Media. Routledge Focus on Communication and Society. Routledge. p. 60. ISBN 9780429846472 – via Google Books. Search this book on
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chamberlain, Will (May 13, 2019). "Film Review: 'Hoaxed'". Human Events.
  3. "Hoaxed". Kickstarter. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  4. McDermott, John (August 11, 2019). "How 2 Midwestern College Kids Became Trumpworld's Favorite DJs". Politico.
  5. Gilmour, David (January 23, 2019). "Why Culttture came to the defense of the MAGA teens—and what it has planned next". Daily Dot.
  6. Marantz, Andrew (2019). Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. p. 356. ISBN 9780525522270. Search this book on
  7. "TOTO: 'Hoaxed' Doc Canceled By Amazon, But The Story Doesn't End There". The Daily Wire.
  8. Bedard, Paul (November 23, 2018). "Mike Cernovich's 'Hoaxed' rips liberal media hypocrisy". Washington Examiner.
  9. Franklin, Deborah (April 18, 2020). "Q Praises Shocking Out of Shadows Documentary and Millions Watch it". American Thinker.
  10. "The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store". Associated Press News. The Associated Press. April 14, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  11. "The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store". Associated Press News. The Associated Press. April 21, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.

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