An Atheist in the FOXhole

An Atheist in the FOXhole

A Liberal's Eight-year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-wing Media

Book - 2013
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The "Fox Mole"--whose dispatches for Gawker made headlines in Businessweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and even The New York Times--delivers a funny, opinionated memoir of his eight years at the Fox News Channel as an associate producer for Bill O'Reilly. Imagine needing to hide your true beliefs just to keep a job you hated. Now imagine your job was producing the biggest show on the biggest cable news channel in America, and you'll get a sense of what life was like for Joe Muto. As a self-professed bleeding-heart, godless liberal, Joe's viewpoints clearly didn't mesh with his employer. So he became Gawker's so-called Fox Mole and released footage and information that Fox News never wanted exposed. He was fired within 36 hours, so his best material never made it online, but this book provides further details about how Fox's right-wing ideology is promoted throughout the channel; why specific angles and personalities are the only ones broadcast; the bizarre stories Fox anchors actually believed (and passed on to the public); and tales of behind-the-scenes mayhem and mistakes, all part of reporting Fox's version of the news.--From publisher description.
Contents: The beginning of the end for a middling cable news career
Slacking your way to success and shame
I coulda been a contender
When Rupert met Roger
Paradise by the on-air light
A white devil in Brooklyn
Red Bull and Kool-Aid
Moonwalking into the light
Crime does pay, but not particularly well
The calling
Radio days
Stand and deliver : rage, ridicule, and sexy ladies, twice a week
Loofah, falafel, let's call the whole thing off
I loved you in "A league of their own," you far-left loon
Fox-flavored sausage
I think he said the sheriff is near
Rhymes with "cat bit hazy"
Take me out to the buffet
The mole
What have we learned?
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2013]
Branch Call Number: 791.450973 M
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780525953951


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Sep 21, 2015

Working his way from an entry-level production assistant to one of Bill O'Reilly's top lieutenants, author Joe Muto pulls back the curtain, giving us an unfiltered look at what it's like to work for FNC. The stories he tells, like why the Natalee Holloway case was cable news crack cocaine, how the pre-interview is the journalistic equivalent of professional wrestling or the numerous anecdotes about O'Reilly's infamous temper and his 2004 sex scandal are pure gold. While Muto is a liberal working for a conservative station, his analysis is dare I say it, "fair and balanced." While critical of many FNC personalities and tactics, he clearly understands why they're number #1 and even offers praise to his former boss, Bill O'Reilly. As someone who watches the network, I have to say that I was thoroughly entertained by An Atheist in the Fox Hole. And if you're thinking about a career in broadcast journalism, then definitely read this book.

oquequefoi Apr 25, 2014

Obvious conclusion: if there is a "rightwing" media, there is a "leftwing" media. Thanks, Mr. Muto for publicly admitting it!

sgarnold25 Oct 09, 2013

Anyone find a photograph stuck in the pages? I returned the book 10/9/2013. Checked w/ the library staff w/o success.

Book was interesting and pretty funny at times. He focuses mostly experiences as a producer with the O'Reilly Factor team. It adds another interesting layer to many of the scandals and public feuds Fox news had had over the past couple of years (Olbermann/O'Reilly Feud, Glenn Beck, O'Reilly sexual harassment case). I'd recommend it.

Aug 16, 2013

A great peek behind the Wizard of Oz curtain at Fox Network. Interesting that the author is still fond of 'Papa Bear'


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