Fox News tell-all doesn't tell all that much
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
A former Fox News Channel “mole” apparently didn't dig up a lot of dirt for his new book.
Joe Muto, fired from Fox News last year after the cable channel found he was writing an anonymous column for the Gawker website about being a liberal in the conservative Fox News working environment, has penned a tell-all. But according to an Associated Press synopsis of the tome, Muto doesn't appear to tell all that much in “An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media.”
Some of Muto's “scoops”:
• Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly aren't the best of friends.
• O'Reilly is socially awkward but extremely hardworking, writing virtually every episode of “The O'Reilly Factor” himself. Muto, who was a producer for O'Reilly, offers this scathing indictment of his ex-boss: “I actually like Bill O'Reilly.”
• Sarah Palin is not a devout disciple of program preparation.
• Ann Coulter's off-camera demeanor is “very nice.”
Scandalous! With these kinds of less-than-shocking revelations, don't be surprised if Muto's book fails to crack the best-seller list.
NOW ARRIVING, MR. & MRS. KERRY & CO. Talk about an imperious entrance.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife, Fox Chapel's own Teresa Heinz, obviously didn't want to arrive quietly last Monday at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's 90th birthday party. They brought their own posse to the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.
According to The Daily Beast, “(Heinz) in a white blazer, got out of a black sedan and her husband came around from the other side. The two walked in together with a gaggle of security and miscellaneous entourage.”
Not to call the couple conceited, but perhaps they could learn a lesson from Sen. John McCain,R-Ariz. The Beast reported that the low-profile and entourage-less McCain was seen talking on his cellphone on the sidewalk outside the hotel.
MISSING IN ACTION. Despite Gov. Tom Corbett's tepid polling numbers, there appears to be a lack of Democrat interest in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
Only two Dems, former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and evangelical minister Max Myers, bothered to show up at a Harrisburg bookstore on Wednesday for a debate taped by the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Among those who turned down invitations to the event were declared or potential candidates U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty , Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and state Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia.
Their refusal to attend the event makes us wonder: If these folks can't even be bothered to show up for the first official candidates forum in the gubernatorial race, what would they blow off if one of them makes it to the governor's mansion?
ABOUT-FACE. Proving a politician's propensity for flip-flopping doesn't abate even after leaving office, former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire has reversed his position on ObamaCare since leaving the House.
Altmire voted against the health-care package in 2010. But the former McCandless resident and onetime UPMC lobbyist is working hard to implement it in the Sunshine State as a senior vice president at health insurer Florida Blue.
“From where I am right now, the key point is we want the law to succeed,” Altmire told Politico. “The law is there to make sure people have coverage. We want that to succeed.”
Altmire lost a Democrat primary battle last year after redistricting forced him into a showdown with Rep. Mark Critz, who was defeated by Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, in November.
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE. Patrons of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg will literally bring down the house next month.
Prior to the start of its $18 million, 12,500-square-foot expansion project, the museum is holding a Wrecking Ball on July 13.
Attendees will be able to wield sledgehammers before the actual wrecking ball swings, according to the museum's Bree Larkin.
“We've marked some of the walls that are slated for demolition and people attending the event will be provided sledgehammers to actually take a whack at them,” Larkin said.
Several walls will be designated as canvases for “graffiti art.”
The event begins at 7 p.m., with an after-party running from 9 to midnight. Cost is $150 for the gala, $40 for the after-party. For more information, call Larkin at 724-837-1500, ext. 36.
Larkin noted that the Wrecking Ball will be the last party at the museum until it opens in expanded, revamped form in 2015.
ALOHA. Jerry Fagert, Hempfield Township supervisor, apparently has his sights set on the Pacific.
Fagert, a Republican, will hold a Hawaiian Luau fundraiser at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Franko's, 201 Baughman Ave., Jeannette.
Cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. For more information, email Fagert at TripleJerry@aol.com.
PICNICKING. It's the time of year for picnics with politics on the menu. Kicking off the season is Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Frank Schiefer.
The Republican will play host for a picnic at 4:30 p.m. on June 27 at the Heather Lund Pavilion in Greensburg's Mt. Odin Park.
Picnic fare to be served includes hamburgers, hot dogs and baked beans. Cost is $15 a person or $25 a couple; children under 12 will be admitted free.
For more information, call Friends of Frank Schiefer at 724-610-6016.
-- compiled by Tribune-Review staff
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