For two short days, Gawker had a new columnist, an anonymous man or woman working deep within the dark, labyrinthian and right wing halls of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.
The mole’s first post, an introduction, provided us with a little explanation as to why he was, to use a phrase popular with the channel’s viewers, “going rogue.” Basically, it boiled down to the racist commentary that runs rampant on Fox’s posts, and among their commenters.
One in particular, the infamous “Obama’s hip-hop BBQ” story, pushed the mole over the edge. Thus, he teamed with Gawker and offered some footage of Mitt Romney rejecting a pink tie. That was the juiciest bit out of the initial post, but more was promised. Another installment explored Fox News’ bathrooms. Nothing too hard hitting. Again, more tidbits were dangled in front of eager readers.
Unfortunately for the mole, Fox News had its security team look into the leak and, shocker, found that their mole is in fact Joe Muto, an 8-year veteran of the channel. “They nailed me,” Muto wrote last night. “Two nice gentlemen from security escorted me to my desk to pack up my stuff, and it was pretty obvious at that point that I would not be setting foot back into 1211 Avenue of the Americas again.” Eh, there are worse fates.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Ailes, Fox News’ president, to comment on the mole last night. He played dumb: “What is Gawker? Is that that pornographic website?” He then pulled that childish “they’re just jealous” trick people’s parents use on them, saying, “I don’t care if they have a mole because we aren’t doing anything wrong, so it doesn’t matter… they hate me because I make money and I do it legitimately and they don’t like my politics, and that’s America.”
In the end, though, Muto is the real winner here. For now, at least. Ailes will continue to be beloved by those people who have always respected him — conservatives and cut-throat capitalists — while Muto basically guaranteed himself a cult following among Fox News haters. The real test is whether Muto, currently suspended with pay, will be able to land another job after very publicly smearing his former employers. In the meantime, he vowed to continue blowing up Fox’s spot on Gawker, so we can expect some more inside views of Fox’s dank underbelly. Wonderful!