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An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media Hardcover – June 4, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Well-written and structured in surprising ways" - Tampa Bay Times
(Joe Muto)

About the Author

JOE MUTO graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Film and TV, then landed a job at Fox News as a freelance production assistant. He remained at Fox for eight years. He was an associate producer for The O'Reilly Factor when he was fired after being outed as Gawker's "Fox Mole."

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Joe Muto worked in cable news for eight years before torpedoing his career by writing anonymous dispatches from within Fox News for the gossip website Gawker. He lives in Brooklyn.

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It all seems so pointless.
bonnie_blu
I thought this book was great: informative, funny, and very well written.
P. Meltzer
It's a funny, behind the scenes look at what it's like at Fox.
Chicago Mom

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on June 8, 2013
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Joe Muto was the now infamous 'Fox Mole,' who posted a couple of semi-scandalous items about the inner workings of Fox News on Gawker back in 2012. He's now written a book about his experiences there. When the reader looks at the cover, and even the title, what we expect is a scathing take-down of Fox News and especially Bill O'Reilly, since his head looms large over the rest in the artwork. That's not what we get at all.

Instead, what we get is a very personal account of Muto's time at Fox. It's a memoir. And a pretty good one. The reader will learn tons about the inner workings of a cable news network (and that stuff is fascinating), and tons about Muto's love life (not as much). While the book is at Fox (80-85 percent of the time), it's a fairly good read. When it strays into his personal life, via the copious footnotes and anecdotes liberally sprinkled throughout, it loses steam.

I did enjoy the book. It's a quick, breezy read, well-written, often funny. A lot of people who liberals like to cast as villains come off better than you'd expect. I like O'Reilly more than I did before now that I've seen him up close and personal. Ditto for Shep Smith and Megyn Kelly. I appreciated getting a closer look at the inner workings of cable news. I just wish Muto would have stayed there, and with his coworkers, throughout the book.

Still, with that minor caveat, more than worth your time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erick J. Rhoan on June 30, 2013
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Interesting and light, but not the damning exposé that some people may be expecting. More like the summary of the authors day to day tribulations of working at a place that was ideologically opposite of him. There is no great catharsis, lessons learned (other than knowing how easy it is to throw away one's career), and no great secret demystified. The central narrative flow is an average-enough liberal cog's knock around grind in Fox's vast empire. You'll have to decide if that's enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott H on June 14, 2013
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I remember the Gawker mole story well and was interested to read the behind the scenes build-up on why someone would ruin their career the way the mole did. First, I really enjoyed reliving what it was like to be in a newsroom at that point in time. The insight on how Fox ran their news operation was interesting and filled with details on how the big names treated their people. I like Bill O'Reilly a little more after reading this book. Muto is a great example of how a lot of Millennials approach business. I also don't think he's trying to get sympathy for himself. He admits he made some bad decisions along the way (and even knew they were bad when he was making them.) It seems to be a fairly honest assessment of his short TV career. I blew through the book in a few sittings. Not very long, but definitely a fun read if you have interest in the TV business and/or Fox News. Plus as a South Bend native, I got a kick out of his Notre Dame references.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Lynch on June 20, 2013
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For eight years Joe Muto worked as a poorly paid production assistant at Fox News. He was convinced that no other (liberal) network would touch him because of his stint at the conservative right wing news organization, so he decided to leak some choice video clips to the website Gawker. That decision, of course, was his undoing at Fox.

It got harder and harder for him to reconcile his liberal leanings with the far right slant of the reporting at Fox. Nevertheless, I think his assessment of the people he worked with was "fair and balanced" unlike the network he worked for. For example, he has a grudging respect for Bill O'Reilly, on whose show he helped produce during his last couple of years. He reveals that the much reviled Ann Coulter is actually very nice and personable in real life. He talks about the people he worked side by side with, many of whom were apolitical and some who did vote for Obama and the Democrats like himself, but just sucked it up because they needed the job.

Above all, the book is funny and entertaining! You won't be disappointed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PV on June 15, 2013
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If you're looking for a hard hitting expose into the workings of Fox News, this isn't the book for you.

If you're politically interested, engaged, and thoughtful about cable news, democracy, and human beings, you'll love this. Joe completely embodies his name with his writing style - reading the book is like hearing from someone you feel like you know. There aren't any huge surprises here, of course, but his experience is insightful, interesting, and witty.

A few days after finishing the book, I happened to flip on O'Reilly. Now, I've never really watched his show earnestly before, but watching the show through the lens of Muto's book is completely revelatory and kind of jaw dropping.

I highly recommend for those who are into politics, concerned about rhetoric, and like to laugh at the folly of human beings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tu64 on July 7, 2013
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Joe is a good writer. He's got a decent style that kept me reading. You can get thru the book on a summer afternoon. If you are looking for a fun, quick read, check it out.

The premise of the book offers huge potential. Conservative or Liberal, people want to know what the hell is going on behind close doors at FNC. I never watch MSNBC. It's dull and miserable and preachy. Most of all, it's boring. I watch CNN if I need to get reliable info on a breaking story. And I watch Fox when I want to see hot women doing the news. I also watch Fox when I want opinion or want to be entertained.

I was really interested to know what the on air talent is like to work with day to day, and other stuff like that. I would have liked to read more about process, i.e.- news decisions, bias, editorial stuff, etc.

Here is the good: Joe reveals some behind the scenes stuff about Fox and delivers insight into some of the anchors. That is really entertaining. A lot about O'Reilly (seems like a decent guy). The day to day routine is interesting. To be honest, Fox doesn't come off that bad at all. In fact, O'Reilly comes across as a hard ass but a fair one. Joe comes off worse and to his credit he admits he made some bad choices. Those looking for proof that Fox is the devil incarnate won't find it in this book. It's just like the handful of major corps that I've worked for. No better no worse.

Here is the bad: Joe delves off into s*** that no one cares about. Like relationships with ex girlfriends. That bored me. I would have rather learned more about Beck or Hannity or Smith, etc. He only scratched the surface about what it was like to work with many of them. The other thing that bothered me is the liberal droppings sprinkled throughout.
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