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  • An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey into the Heart of the Right-Wing Media

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Muto
    • Narrated By Joe Muto
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    The "Fox Mole" delivers a funny, opinionated memoir of his eight years at the unfair, unbalanced Fox News Channel. An Atheist in the FOXhole has everything that liberals and Fox haters could desire: details about how Fox’s right-wing ideology is promoted throughout the channel; why specific angles and personalities are the only ones broadcasted; 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.

    Caresse says: "Entertaining but not hard hitting"
    "Entertaining but not hard hitting"
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    If you could sum up An Atheist in the FOXhole in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, interesting, funny


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    I say this as a definite Fox-hater and as a progressive: Joe Muto is kind of a prick.The book IS entertaining - the most interesting parts are learning about the working mechanisms of Fox News. It was fascinating to hear how low-budget the whole operation is, as well as the thought processes behind Fox's program development.But Muto himself comes across very smug, ingratiating, and immature. He has to remind the reader constantly about his true liberal feelings the whole time - we get it. He pretends to have been doing his own "small part" to influence the network, I guess to justify his working there, but all his actions (including the Gawker mole business) are petty - sarcastic jabs and pranks. And what did his sex life with his apparently crazy girlfriend have to do with being a "liberal in the Foxhole?" The integration of his persona into the memoir smacked of self-applause and opportunism undeserved of someone who obviously took his former employer's opportunism to heart - garnering himself notoriety and a book deal with minimal journalistic payoff.That being said, it's still an engrossing, lighthearted read and, you know, a good jab at O'Reilly and Fox inanity. Just take Muto with grain of salt and don't expect it to be an expose.

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