An Atheist in the Foxhole

An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing MediaAn Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media by Joe Muto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 2012, Joe Muto gained brief notoriety at the “Fox Mole”. The plan was for him to post a series of anonymous blogs about life working at Fox News on the Gawker website. But, within 36 hours of his first blog post, management at Fox News had discovered that Muto was the Fox Mole and fired him from his job as an assistant producer for the O’Reilly Factor.

“An Atheist in the FOXhole” is Muto’s account of how a liberal ended up working for the conservative news network. Starting from his desperate bid to get a job after college graduation, Muto details his rise from lowly, underpaid production assistant to an assistant producer and his ignominious fall. He takes the reader through a series of anecdotes, mostly detailing about how cheap Fox News is towards its employees, despite being a hugely profitable cable channel.

Ultimately, though, this book is about a guy who did something incredibly stupid and torched his career. This is a shame, as Muto demonstrates some real creative talent here. Whether it’s his account of racing to be the first network to announce the death of Marlon Brando (Who one producer allegedly calls the “fat fucker”) or his brief stint as an ambush producer at Rosie O’Donnell’s book signing, this is a funny, entertaining book.

I’d recommend this book for anyone starving to see an insider’s account of life inside the conservative behemoth. If you hate Fox News you’ll be pleased to here confirmation of how they “Foxify” the news to give it a conservative slant. On the other hand, if you love Fox, then you’ll probably cheer as Muto destroys his career.

Either way, you’ll be entertained.

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