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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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I missed the "Mole" story when it broke in 2012, so I was coming to this completely fresh. I'm glad I did. Joe Muto's thoughts in retrospect make a much better story than it did while it was unfolding. This is often true for newsworthy events. I found the story funny, laughing out loud to my radio many times throughout the book.
Muto's narration works well with the book. I wouldn't have wanted to trade professionalism for his personality.
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