Sideshow: Fired Fox News producer tells all

Books-Fox Mole
Joe Muto, the former Fox News associate producer who was fired last month after writing a few anonymous pieces for the news blog Gawker, has an agreement with Dutton for a memoir coming out in early 2013. The imprint of Penguin Group (USA) announced Friday, May 4, 2012, that the book will be called "An Atheist in the Foxhole." (AP Photo/Gawker.com, John Cook)

Fox News Channel prez Roger Ailes has blacklisted guests from ever appearing on his channel if they offended him, including the news site Politico.com and all its reporters. So claims ex-Fox News producer Joe Muto in his new book, An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media, which has been excerpted by PolicyMic.com. Muto was fired, prosecuted, and pleaded guilty earlier this month after he was caught leaking insider Fox News info to the website Gawker.

Muto also takes aim at Fox News star Bill O'Reilly. He's like "a taller, Irish version of Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man," he writes, referring to the famous autistic movie character.

Muto writes that Fox News' success, especially with conservatives, is due in large part to the fake debate method perfected by O'Reilly, claiming the news host never allows competing points of view to be presented in a rational way.

"Bill knew exactly what his guest was going to say in the interview, sometimes down to the last word. In this way, cable news somewhat resembled professional wrestling: The outcomes were predetermined," writes Muto, adding that O'Reilly was given "a preview of [guests'] arguments several hours in advance."

 

Gossip petits fours

Amanda Bynes continues her Twitter campaign against the (sane) universe she seems to have left behind. Having already flamed the New York Police, Jenny McCarthy, and Rihanna, she's now going after Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen, tweeting, "Ur not a pretty model compared to me." . . . Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke up, yet the sun still rose Thursday morning. It won't last: Armageddon comes. . . . Justin Timberlake will headline the iTunes music fest in London in September. It'll also feature Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson, and Jessie J. . . . Oprah Winfrey was in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, where she was due later that afternoon to address the graduating class at Harvard's 362d commencement. . . . The New York Daily News has posted photos of Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde smooching something serious in Hawaii.

 

Let's send Adam Levine to Gitmo!

The nation is up in arms. Protests are intensifying against Maroon 5 singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine for telling America he loathes her. We should send him to Guantánamo Bay!

Let's simmer down a bit. Levine was upset that two of his Voice protegees, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, were eliminated by viewer vote Tuesday. "I hate this country," he said, referring to those voters. Numerous news outlets have taken the quote out of context, making Levine out to be an unpatriotic terrorist, rather than a garden-variety simpleton twerp.

 

Weddings magical and futural

People mag has unearthed vital details about Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul's Sunday wedding to Lauren Parsekian, to wit, that "it was beautiful and so emotional," as Lauren tells the mag. "The first moment I saw Aaron will forever be the most perfect visual snapshot of my life."

Us Weekly says in an exclusive report that Jessica Simpson, 32, will wed fiancé of two years Eric Johnson the moment their second baby drops. It's imminent.

RadarOnline says Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have set a date for their wedding. Or they have not.

 


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