So much good stuff here in an excerpt from Joe Muto’s new book, An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media.
First of all, the notion that Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity hate each other and bicker (indirectly, of course) over petty things on a daily basis like children. Also, that O’Reilly hates Rush Limbaugh — and nearly used Fox News to go war with him over the 2008 bank bailout:
Bill took the call in his office, politely but insistently pleading his case to Ailes, but Roger held firm. Bill reluctantly agreed to toe the party line, excused himself from the call, gently hung up the receiver, then loudly yelled a string of expletives that could be heard all over the seventeenth floor. But after he got it out of his system, he spiked the Limbaugh reference from the TV show.
Another great part:
On one occasion, there was an e-mail that Bill really wanted to read on the air. One of the producers noticed that the e-mail was signed with an obvious gag name: Jack MeHoff. Clearly, that’s unreadable on television. But Bill liked the text of the e-mail so much that he couldn’t bear to cut it from the mail segment. After pondering for a bit, he decided on a course of action: “Let’s just change the last name to Mehoffer.” Despite producers pleading with him that the slight name change was not much, if at all, better than the original, Bill stuck to his guns, reading the letter with the modified name on air. The rest is YouTube history.
Also, the notion that O’Reilly writes basically every episode in his head on the fly and dictates it for someone to write down on his commute to work is fascinating and impressive.
And then there’s this line regarding show prep:
Bill heads down to a private room in the basement to get his hair and makeup done. A device that Ailes had installed in every green room in the building methodically sucks the life force out of five adorable baby puppies and deposits it into Bill’s face, keeping him fresh and youthful-looking for one more day.
Fucking thing sucks.
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