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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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“Well-written and structured in surprising ways" - Tampa Bay TimesJoe 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."

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953951
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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55 of 59 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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18 of 18 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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13 of 14 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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12 of 13 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on November 19, 2013
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Joe Muto is a midwestern guy who grew up with dreams of moving to the Big Apple & establishing a career. Unfortunately, his only "shot" of getting his proverbial foot in the door is to become an employee of FOX News. As a Liberal, this is quite a complex and convoluted direction to take.

Such is the story told within these pages. Muto finds himself getting by on a meager salary whilst working for the "evil empire" that is Rupert Murdoch's prized network. He ends up rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Karl Rove. Not exactly "natural surroundings" for someone of the leftist mindset!

Muto gives short intermittent chapters that take us through his last day @ FOX News; the day he was identified as the (gasp!) mole who leaked unauthorized footage of Newt Gingrich getting his hair done & Mitt Romney discussing horses with Sean Hannity. {Gosh, those FOX News buggers sure are touchy, eh?} The chapters in between are flashbacks to his first days on the job & detail his meteoric rise to becoming an assistant for the bombastic Bill O'Reilly's radio show.

The book is told with a sense of humor unbecoming a Notre Dame grad, and that was refreshing. Not surprisingly, Muto describes his fiery Irish boss as being every bit as bellicose in person as he appears to be on TV. Somewhat surprisingly, he describes Ann Coulter as being very friendly so long as she's not in "attack dog" mode. Least surprisingly of all, he characterizes Sarah Palin as being even more(!) clueless than people give her credit for. Of course, this should not come as a shock to anyone who has watched Game Change.
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