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Gawker has posted i inaugural column of "The Fox Mole"—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel "I work at Fox News Channel. The final straw for me came last year. Oddly, it wasn't anything on TV that turned me rogue, though plenty of things on our air had pushed me in that direction over the years. But what finally broke me was a story on The Fox Nation. If you're not a frequenter of Fox Nation (and if you're reading Gawker, it's a pretty safe bet you're not) I can describe it for you — it's like an unholy mashup of the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post and a Klan meeting. Word around the office is that the site was actually the brainchild of Bill O'Reilly's chief stalker (and Gawker pal) Jesse Watters."
posted by huckleberryhart (144 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Poor Shep.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:27 PM on April 10, 2012 [26 favorites]


This is brilliant, I hope it results in some good columns. I'm reminded of another major news organization I got to visit where lots of employees talked in hushed tones about how abusive and jerky one of the main anchors was behind closed doors and how much they all hated working for that person. I'd LOVE to see someone there do a secret blog of everything this horrible anchor says/does.
posted by mathowie at 3:30 PM on April 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


This could be fun.

Or bollocks.

Or end very quickly.

Still, fun.
posted by Artw at 3:32 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am dying to know which anchor you refer to, Matt.
posted by Scientist at 3:32 PM on April 10, 2012


It could end very quickly, or they could have banked some pieces before publication.
posted by cnanderson at 3:33 PM on April 10, 2012


Lester Holt, right?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 3:33 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is brilliant, I hope it results in some good columns. I'm reminded of another major news organization I got to visit where lots of employees talked in hushed tones about how abusive and jerky one of the main anchors was behind closed doors and how much they all hated working for that person.

Poor Keith Olberman's staff.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:34 PM on April 10, 2012 [10 favorites]


HOLY MOLY THE FOX MOLE LIKES CAPITAL LETTERS.
posted by Trurl at 3:38 PM on April 10, 2012


The had me at "My cringe muscles have turned into crow's feet."
posted by Danf at 3:39 PM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


The guy, up there.
posted by Danf at 3:39 PM on April 10, 2012


our "n@gger president"

Now we know the real reason HRC took Secretary of State. Obama just wouldn't stop calling.
posted by bonehead at 3:40 PM on April 10, 2012 [34 favorites]


nation.foxnews.com is the funnest site ever!

Find the most innocuous benign front page post you can, then read the comments to see how stories about orphan kitties can be tied to the fact that Obama is black/Muslim/socialist/lousy tipper.

It's better if you picture the poster banging out their missive on a WebTV box and wearing a US flag bandana on their head.
posted by Keith Talent at 3:51 PM on April 10, 2012 [22 favorites]


and a crying eagle snuggie, yes.
posted by elizardbits at 3:55 PM on April 10, 2012 [14 favorites]


Maybe this is underestimating the vengeful spirit of an organization with infinite financial resources and whose renown is based on overreacting to stuff. Stuff that doesn't even usually happen anywhere near them or their families, let alone in their own office selling their secrets to the enemy.
posted by TheRedArmy at 3:56 PM on April 10, 2012


We all know that the mole is a Kenyan Muslim plant. Nothing that comes from this person should be trusted as anything but fascist, socialist propaganda.
posted by Chuffy at 4:02 PM on April 10, 2012


That's the most relaxed I've ever seen Mitt Romney.
posted by feckless at 4:02 PM on April 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


Shepard Smith on Fox News is an anomaly in the universe that I don't understand. It's like if one day a cannon ball on the edge of a hill just stayed there. WTF???
posted by invitapriore at 4:03 PM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


Of course the intrepid commenters quickly found ways around these filters using letter substitutions and spacings, which is why many comments complain about our "n@gger president" and the "M u s l i m in the White House."
I've been going back and forth in my mind on which is more revealing: that their commenters gave them reason to disallow use of the word "Muslim", or that they actually went through with disallowing it.
posted by Flunkie at 4:05 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


I love that Fox News Nation website. I can't stop going and reading. It just blows my mind. Sometimes I make a comment just because I can only go for so long without being called a communist.
posted by zzazazz at 4:07 PM on April 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


He's actually leaking footage to them? I gotta think FN's tech gurus have some pretty good ways of ferreting that kind of thing out.
posted by eugenen at 4:23 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Codename, Mr. Falcon!
posted by sendai sleep master at 4:26 PM on April 10, 2012


From the leaked Romney footage: "Oh, I'll take the pink one".

On repeat, it's strangely hypnotic.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:27 PM on April 10, 2012


That's the most relaxed I've ever seen Mitt Romney.

Yeah, I actually think he comes out looking pretty good. People always question whether Romney is the kind of person you could "sit down and have a beer with" and here he comes off to me as having a very pleasant demeanor when his guard is down. If anyone comes out poorly its the braying jackass performing the interview.
posted by cyphill at 4:29 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Until I hear otherwise, I'm just going to assume this is FOX news punking us a la Jimmy Boy O'Keefe.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:31 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


He's actually leaking footage to them? I gotta think FN's tech gurus have some pretty good ways of ferreting that kind of thing out.
Not if he's been stashing it for years on encrypted hard drives.

That said, it seems unlikely that they could really track this stuff that closely. I mean, in order to do so they'd have to build a system to track and monitor every single piece of video watched by everyone, and then match them up with the releases. But these are TV network employees, who probably watch thousands of clips a day. And it's not like you can use DRM to prevent copying or whatever, people need to be able to edit these videos too.

So yeah, I don't really see how you track down someone leaking videos (Unless he does something moronic, like emailing them unencrypted from his personal foxnews account)
posted by delmoi at 4:34 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've been going back and forth in my mind on which is more revealing: that their commenters gave them reason to disallow use of the word "Muslim", or that they actually went through with disallowing it.
Or maybe the commentators hate them so much they can't even stand to see the word!
posted by delmoi at 4:36 PM on April 10, 2012


... and here he comes off to me as having a very pleasant demeanor when his guard is down.

Of course he has a pleasant demeanor. He has, literally, nothing to worry about. Ever. Nor do his children, or his children's children.

That's why he's so dangerous.
posted by odinsdream at 4:38 PM on April 10, 2012 [14 favorites]


Not if he's been stashing it for years on encrypted hard drives.

Did you... did you even click through to the article? It was shot in February. This is such a silly non sequitur.
posted by indubitable at 4:47 PM on April 10, 2012


He's actually leaking footage to them? I gotta think FN's tech gurus have some pretty good ways of ferreting that kind of thing out.

You mean like how the geniuses running SIPRNet managed to keep hundreds of thousands of classified memos out of the hands of Bradley Manning and, thence, the entire Internet thanks to WikiLeaks?
posted by Nelson at 4:51 PM on April 10, 2012


He's actually leaking footage to them? I gotta think FN's tech gurus have some pretty good ways of ferreting that kind of thing out.

You mean like how the geniuses running SIPRNet managed to keep hundreds of thousands of classified memos out of the hands of Bradley Manning and, thence, the entire Internet thanks to WikiLeaks?
posted by Nelson at 4:51 PM on April 10 [+] [!]


I'm not the OP on that, but I'm guessing he means more like logs of who accessed that raw video, and when, and what they did with the files.
posted by ben242 at 4:55 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


As a video security expert at Fox News I can say that we don't exist.
posted by mrnutty at 4:57 PM on April 10, 2012 [17 favorites]


I'm not the OP on that, but I'm guessing he means more like logs of who accessed that raw video, and when, and what they did with the files.

Yeah. I'm not an IT guru, but I would also think that they have a way of figuring out when and by whom files are removed from the system (whether emailed, burned to disc, FTP'ed, or whatever).
posted by eugenen at 4:58 PM on April 10, 2012


"Not if he's been stashing it for years on encrypted hard drives.

Did you... did you even click through to the article? It was shot in February. This is such a silly non sequitur."


(0__0 )
posted by lemuring at 5:02 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I would think that whoever the mole is, they probably have been planning this for a while. It also seems expertly timed to coincide with Santorum pulling out of the race. I wouldn't be surprised if the mole figured out how to cover their tracks enough to go undiscovered. It can't be -that- hard can it?
posted by lemuring at 5:07 PM on April 10, 2012


Shepard Smith on Fox News is

family. Not close, so I don't have any stories or anything, and ordinarily it's vaguely embarrassing, in that, "Oh, heh, yeah. Fox News." but for once I feel like mysterious bragging on the internet. Let me have my brief moment of vicariously crawling through the vents. Because I will admit I have fantasized about this.
posted by byanyothername at 5:13 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


for some reason, that text filter workaround makes me think of someone saying this:
we don't talk about
m u s l i m s
in front of the
c h i l d r e n
posted by raihan_ at 5:15 PM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


some of us still believe in s o c i a l j u s t i c e and the g e n e r a l w e l f a r e of our s o c i e t y
posted by pyramid termite at 5:20 PM on April 10, 2012 [14 favorites]


Flagged as false flag operation.
posted by vibrotronica at 5:22 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


nation.foxnews.com is the funnest site ever!

NoScript and Ghostery throw up more garbage from that site than I've ever seen at one time on the wild plains of the internets, and I couldn't even figure out which script to accept so it would load the hilarious comments. I gave up after a while.

But not before chuckling at the fact that one of the scripts being blocked was from an outfit called outbrain.com.
posted by Chichibio at 5:25 PM on April 10, 2012


(Assuming this is legit) Going off of his statement that, "[he is leaving] sooner rather than later," I get the impression that he thinks he will be publicly outed at some point. That, coupled with his earlier statements about being blacklisted for working at Fox, I wonder if this is really his attempt to get off the blacklist by proving which team he really roots for.
posted by I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984 at 5:26 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


MUSLIM CAULDRON! I thought they shut that place down!
posted by Navelgazer at 5:43 PM on April 10, 2012 [16 favorites]


how abusive and jerky one of the main anchors was behind closed doors and how much they all hated working for that person. --- Since I doubt you ever visited Fox, I think we can assume it's either CNN or MSNBC.
posted by crunchland at 5:58 PM on April 10, 2012


Could have been one of the broadcast networks, couldn't it?
posted by Justinian at 6:00 PM on April 10, 2012


MUSLIM CAULDRON! I thought they shut that place down!

I honestly don't know whether to make a joke about halal soup, or to say something along the lines of "Nigel Hawthorne did some great voice work in that movie."

Instead I'll link to my favorite harira recipe. If you can't eat fava beans, you can substitute cannellini or just double up on the chickpeas.
posted by Sidhedevil at 6:03 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Ooo, h a r i r a !!!
Y@mmy.
posted by Ausamor at 6:08 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


mslim
nggr
blk
knyn
brth crtfct
hts mrc
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:10 PM on April 10, 2012


Any site that unabashedly takes a side is going to attract a bunch of bigoted true believers in the comments. At least they're not trying to look like hipsters.
posted by Infinity_8 at 6:37 PM on April 10, 2012


Wait, why would someone not be able to eat fava beans?
posted by bq at 6:37 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Could have been one of the broadcast networks, couldn't it? -- well, he wrote "another major news organization," but you might be right. Still, I'm putting my money down on it being about Anderson Cooper.
posted by crunchland at 6:39 PM on April 10, 2012


Glad he picked Gawker to spill the beans, keeping with his high integrity level of organizations he is working for.
posted by narcoleptic at 6:57 PM on April 10, 2012 [11 favorites]


why would someone not be able to eat fava beans?

They're highly allergenic to people with a certain genetic quirk; ironically, that quirk is most common in the genetic groups historically situated around the Mediterranean, whose cuisines are most likely to use fava beans.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:06 PM on April 10, 2012


Wait, why would someone not be able to eat fava beans?

If I remember correctly, the oxidative stress of fava beans can trigger crises in people with G6PDH deficiency. So basically their red blood cells will disintegrate.
posted by desiderandus at 7:07 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am dying to know which anchor you refer to, Matt.

Mike Wallace!

Too soon?
posted by scalefree at 7:29 PM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


Fox News kicks toooons of video footage down to Fox affiliate stations that isn't all that secured (lots of login sharing), plus most networks keep a satellite feed running out to affiliates with much of the same footage, plus you could just record the footage from a protected source with any number of video recorders (it's not, like, DRMed internally within the company), so there's a lot of ways to get the footage without being tracked.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:48 PM on April 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


crunchland: "Since I doubt you ever visited Fox, I think we can assume it's either CNN or MSNBC."

See, I was assuming it was Comedy Central.
posted by pwnguin at 8:00 PM on April 10, 2012


> At least they're not trying to look like hipsters.

They sure hate them some "n@ggers" at Fox Nation but at least they don't wear skinny jeans!
posted by octobersurprise at 8:11 PM on April 10, 2012 [9 favorites]


Glad he picked Gawker to spill the beans, keeping with his high integrity level of organizations he is working for.

Would it be safe to assume the "mole" is being paid by Gawker? Deadspin, one of Gawker's websites, paid for the Bret Favre/sexting story.
posted by BobbyVan at 8:14 PM on April 10, 2012


mathowie: "I'm reminded of another major news organization I got to visit where lots of employees talked in hushed tones about how abusive and jerky one of the main anchors was behind closed doors and how much they all hated working for that person.

It's extremely common. Working in and around the media, especially with people who work on movie / television sets / newsrooms and with celebrities in other capacities, you pick up tons of stories about various celebs and media personalities. That of course can't be discussed publicly. But it's always fun being able to identify who various blind items are about on websites from personal experience.

I'd LOVE to see someone there do a secret blog of everything this horrible anchor says/does."

Probably not worth the risk if they're discovered, though. They'd likely be fired and sued. Many employment contracts now explicitly state that you are restricted from talking about your job and coworkers on social media. The language changes frequently, too. My company just updated ours.
posted by zarq at 8:24 PM on April 10, 2012


Gawker has made no secret of paying their sources. This guy is described as an employee. I'd be shocked were he not being paid. Earth shattering scoop you got there, bobbyvan.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:25 PM on April 10, 2012


mathowie: "I'm reminded of another major news organization I got to visit where lots of employees talked in hushed tones about how abusive and jerky one of the main anchors was behind closed doors and how much they all hated working for that person.

My money's on NPR.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:26 PM on April 10, 2012


My money's on NPR.

Terry Gross!
posted by kingv at 8:32 PM on April 10, 2012


zarq - Many employment contracts now explicitly state that you are restricted from talking about your job and coworkers on social media.

This gets really frustrating working in small/medium market local news, where management is just catching on to the whole social media "thing", and you get knee-jerk responses treating it like a threat. Lots of attempts to try to claim "ownership" of on-air talent's identities on Facebook, when they've come to the job already having a presence there from other markets/college/personal life. Like, beyond the whole "mind your manners and objectivity in public now that you're the face of our news brand" stuff, into the realm of "person X is no longer working with us, can you delete their Facebook for us?" craziness.
posted by jason_steakums at 8:45 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Speaking of "earth shattering scoops," let me say that I'm pretty underwhelmed. I hope Gawker gets more for its $ than an outtake that wouldn't get Harry Shearer out of bed (not to mention one that makes the presumptive GOP nominee look more human than ever).

But I suppose that for Gawker (and the David Carr's of the world), it's enough to know that they're going to be keeping Ailes and Murdoch busy as they mobilize the plumbers...
posted by BobbyVan at 8:47 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait, why would someone not be able to eat fava beans?

They're missing a census worker and some nice Chianti?
posted by kirkaracha at 9:21 PM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm so glad this is happening, and that Fox Nation was the impetus. People usually focus criticism on the comments, but that's an easy target (have you seen the average editorial comment section lately?)

But the site itself is far worse, considering the fact that it's owned and operated by Fox itself. I mean, Fox News is a joke, but Fox Nation is beyond parody. It is obscenely, flagrantly, shamelessly biased in its rewritten headlines and story selection. Some sample headlines:

House passes climate legislation?
Treason? House Passes Direct Assault on Industrial Base of America

Freshmen reps revolt against Obama's debt ceiling deal?
Tea Party Keeps Boehner from Selling Out USA

The very worst I've seen, from just after the terrible shooting massacre in Norway:
New York Times Reader Kills Dozens in Norway
What kind of twisted sociopath does it take to turn a tragedy like that into some snide political attack? It's sickening to see, and I'm surprised Fox hasn't received more flack for it up to now. It completely demolishes any claim to objectivity they might have, far more than the televised stuff that usually draws attention.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:56 PM on April 10, 2012 [17 favorites]


Rhaomi, those are... real?
posted by moorooka at 10:55 PM on April 10, 2012


I didn't want to link to them (I've only ever visited the site in Chrome incognito mode with adblocker to keep out the tracking crap and deny them revenue), but all those headlines are 100% real and representative of the front page's tone. Another doozie: they consistently refer to Bill Maher as "Pig Maher" in headlines. Really.

(On review, the NYT Reader filth was "borrowed" from an Ann Coulter op-ed, but they did feature it as a bare headline on their site and did not differentiate it from their other content.)
posted by Rhaomi at 11:07 PM on April 10, 2012


Poor Keith Olberman's staff.

I assume you are joking, but I have it on very good authority that he is, in fact, a jerk.
posted by naoko at 12:01 AM on April 11, 2012


[hey, guys, maybe we can put a cap on aping FOX commenter censor-evading racist epithets? They're still f@ckng gross.]
posted by taz at 12:23 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


It would not surprise me at all if Olbermann were about as fun as polio to work with. He manages to implode every single job he gets. Oh, sure, there's always a reason it's somebody else's fault. But have you ever had a friend who continuously makes poor life choices and they always seem to have a justification for each and every one? And, yeah, maybe if you look at them one at a time you can sorta see how they came about? But in totality it's clear your friend is just a fuckup? It's like that.

Somebody can be right and good in a lot of ways and still be a raging jerk.
posted by Justinian at 12:31 AM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


(not to mention one that makes the presumptive GOP nominee look more human than ever).

That is a gift. "More Human Than Ever" would be a terrific slogan for the Romney campaign.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:54 AM on April 11, 2012 [7 favorites]


We all know that the mole is a Kenyan Muslim plant.

"The mole is a coffee bush?" That's as absurd as my car saying "The door is ajar." That's no jar, it's a door!
posted by wenestvedt at 7:15 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


^ Flagged for plagiarizing Bill Hicks.
posted by BobbyVan at 7:23 AM on April 11, 2012


I'm in the camp of this-video-made-Romney-look-better. Particularly the exchange about the cost of the hotel, where Romney is doing exactly what he should (putting the money where the value is) and Hannity is being the political one. Sure the chat about horses is very upper class, but didn't come across as snooty particularly, more like how my wife might go on about a tennis racket.
posted by Bovine Love at 7:29 AM on April 11, 2012


I'm in the camp of this-video-made-Romney-look-better. Particularly the exchange about the cost of the hotel, where Romney is doing exactly what he should (putting the money where the value is) and Hannity is being the political one. Sure the chat about horses is very upper class, but didn't come across as snooty particularly, more like how my wife might go on about a tennis racket.

Sure, but I presume that you, like me, are a member of the liberal elite. How will it play in Peoria?
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:01 AM on April 11, 2012


Sure, but I presume that you, like me, are a member of the liberal elite. How will it play in Peoria?

I think the liberal elite are much more resentful of the wealthy than ordinary folks in Peoria.
posted by BobbyVan at 8:05 AM on April 11, 2012


People always question whether Romney is the kind of person you could "sit down and have a beer with"...

"Just call me Jack..."
posted by y2karl at 8:06 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


The best part about this is that the mole genuinely seems to no longer give a fuck, with respect to their employment with Fox News. As they said, it's tough to get people at respectable organizations to look at your resume when you're someone who works for the punchline of news media. It might actually be advantageous to their career to be the person who went out in a blaze of glory.
posted by naju at 8:11 AM on April 11, 2012


Earth shattering scoop #2: Fox News HQ has old computers and shitty bathrooms.
posted by BobbyVan at 8:22 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think the liberal elite are much more resentful of the wealthy than ordinary folks in Peoria

Say what you will about the Peorians, those shifty beggars know their place.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:30 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


ARGH. A Curse upon all who caused me to read Fox Nation. I just read a piece that demanded that Romney immediately not be nice to the President while at the same time being the grownup in the room. Then my mouth tasted like pennies and i woke up in the hospital
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:32 AM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


Here is the impetus article:

Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs

Find the most innocuous benign front page post you can, then read the comments to see how stories about orphan kitties can be tied to the fact that Obama is black/Muslim/socialist/lousy tipper.

I couldn't find many innocuous benign front page stories ... but you're right. The spotlight story is an article about Jon Stewart and CNN. The first comment: "How many freebies does Obama get before he has to pay the American people back?"

Obama Looks Scary Skinny
posted by mrgrimm at 8:35 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


What are people doing in a bathroom stall at work when they need that much privacy?

Oh. Nevermind.
posted by Big_B at 8:58 AM on April 11, 2012


I'm in the camp of this-video-made-Romney-look-better.

For some value of better, I guess.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:24 AM on April 11, 2012


I shouldn't be boggled, astounded, etc. I've said it before, FOX News and it's related entities seem to be an exercise in making broadcasts from an insane asylum because a progressive approach to the mentally ill and insane is better than locking the unfortunate up in dungeons and pretending they don't exist but man alive, Fox Nation reveals that insanity is only part of the problem, embracing ignorance with glee is the heart of the problem. It's like the Walking Dead but without undead Zombies, but just as terrifying.
posted by juiceCake at 9:31 AM on April 11, 2012


Well, better is relational. However, that link is very misleading; if you watch the longer version, he says he is not going to go Donald Trump on this (referring to the pink tie). I'm pretty sure he doesn't think Trump is gay.

I don't care for the man particularly, but surely people can find actual problems with him or his platform instead of carefully constructed videos taken out of context. What is this, NBC?
posted by Bovine Love at 9:35 AM on April 11, 2012




Welp, they apparently found the person (and I assume will be firing them) faster than it took me to point out how fucking obvious it was that it would take them less than a day to find and fire whoever this is.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:55 AM on April 11, 2012


Adding: seriously, if you're planning on delivering an inside, secret expose on a place, what in god's name, in the internet age, makes you think you can do this in real time? Undercover reporters like Gloria Steinem worked their craft for months, and in some cases years, to gather the stuff they had for an entire book, film or at the very least thorough Vanity Fair article.

This person made Day 2 a blog post about how shitty the bathrooms are. Seriously? I don't think the stigma of "working at Fox" is why this person couldn't get another job in journalism.

Fucking shame. A full length investigation about the inner workings at Fox would have been a bestseller. This person apparently traded quick fame on Gawker for an actual book deal and a chance to offer something of lasting impact.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:59 AM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


However, that link is very misleading; if you watch the longer version, he says he is not going to go Donald Trump on this (referring to the pink tie). I'm pretty sure he doesn't think Trump is gay.

Do you think he thinks he's doing Donald Trump's voice in that clip?

instead of carefully constructed videos taken out of context. What is this, NBC Mitt Romney?

Dunno, Mitt Romney likes to describe carefully constructed videos taken out of context as "sauce for the gander." He probably loves it!
posted by octobersurprise at 10:00 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


quick fame on Gawker

Where are the cut-nuts and hipster grifters of yesteryear?
posted by octobersurprise at 10:04 AM on April 11, 2012


This person made Day 2 a blog post about how shitty the bathrooms are. Seriously? I don't think the stigma of "working at Fox" is why this person couldn't get another job in journalism.

Presumably he was working up to something better than that. You don't expect serious behind-the-scenes stuff to go down every day do you? I thought it was interesting that the #1 news network had crappy bathrooms.

And since they caught him so early, I don't see what Fox could actually do against him other than fire him. He took a picture of a bathroom and that's pretty much it.
posted by JHarris at 10:41 AM on April 11, 2012


Do you think he thinks he's doing Donald Trump's voice in that clip?

He making fun of gay men by using a very slight lisp. No damage to him there. I haven't heard much about Log Cabin Republicans dropping Romney ...

I agree with the author - the proper pronunciation of "dressage" is worse, but this is all trivial. No windsurfing moment for Mitt ... yet.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:46 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, Log Cabin Republicans are REPUBLICANS. They can put up with a lot.
posted by Artw at 10:50 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


That didn't take long.
posted by TonyRobots at 11:00 AM on April 11, 2012


Heh. Did anyone put down money? Because it was a pretty safe bet.
posted by Artw at 11:01 AM on April 11, 2012


Interesting that News International are considering legal options, given their enthusiasm for the illegal ones.
posted by Grangousier at 11:11 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]




This pleases us. We demand more of this! (pounds sceptre)
posted by JHarris at 11:42 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I Am the Fox Mole, And I’m Still Here

LOL.

Poor old Bob in accounting... though.
posted by odinsdream at 11:47 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


Presumably he was working up to something better than that. You don't expect serious behind-the-scenes stuff to go down every day do you?

I don't, which is why an undercover piece usually entails staying undercover for an extended period of time to gather a suitable amount of content. To go back to my previous example, Gloria Steinem spent three weeks, plus interview/prep time, undercover at The Playboy Club. Then she wrote her piece. She didn't send a paragraph a day to an editor and hope a boss doesn't eventually add 2 and 2 together. I worked at a non-profit that sent interns "undercover" to CPAC. They wrote their pieces after they came back with their swag bags, recorded interviews and pages of notes.

If he/she is posting things as they happen, then he/she isn't "working up" to anything. They are merely finding things to photograph/record and post them ASAP which fits what a site like Gawker wants perfectly. LOLbathrooms works better for Gawker than "here's what a month of behind the scenes listening reveals about the general tone at Fox News," but it sucks royally for journalism as a whole.

Look, I get it. It's great to make fun of Fox News because Fox News is a crappy news network filled with asshole producers, I'm sure, but they now know a person is doing this, are actively looking for them, and I imagine are at least somewhat competent enough to figure out sooner rather than later. There is a better, more interesting, and longer term piece here, and it's not going to happen now because Gawker wants daily traffic instead. And that's pretty much our fucked up state of journalism in general: a better, more careful story thrown out for fast click pulls.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:47 AM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


This person apparently traded quick fame on Gawker for an actual book deal and a chance to offer something of lasting impact.

Why exactly should we expect anything worthwhile from a person so dumb they

1) took a job at Fox News

2) were shocked and disillusioned to find out it's not really Fair and Balanced (TM)

3) decided to sell this newsflash to Gawker?

There may be a few smart people at Fox, but none of them are unaware of what they had to sell to the devil to work there.
posted by straight at 12:15 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


To straight:
1. People take jobs for all sorts of reasons.
2. He knew what he was getting into, that's in the lead article, he really needed the work.
3. At least someone doing it!

We all sell our souls to the devil one. moment. at. a. time.
posted by JHarris at 12:44 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


You gotta pay the mortgage.

The yuppie-nuremberg defense
posted by Bovine Love at 12:47 PM on April 11, 2012


Yeah. I'm not an IT guru, but I would also think that they have a way of figuring out when and by whom files are removed from the system (whether emailed, burned to disc, FTP'ed, or whatever).

eugenen, since copying files doesn't involve removal from the system, I'm going to have to agree with your first statement.

As long as the files he accesses are on Fox' servers, and not emailed directly to him, I'd say he could stay pretty safe a long time. If he's smart.
posted by IAmBroom at 12:58 PM on April 11, 2012


straight: "Why exactly should we expect anything worthwhile from a person so dumb they

1) took a job at Fox News
"

I've worked with people at FoxNewschannel here in NYC since the network was founded back in the mid '90's. It generates a lot of content that is not political. Or at least, not overtly. And there are quite a few staffers who work on that end of things. General non-political news stories and coverage. Breaking news. Sports. Event coverage. Health stories that have not become political footballs. Fashion. Beauty. Lifestyle. Celebrity-related stuff. Quite a few business stories -- even though some of that coverage has a conservative slant not all of it does. Etc.

There are continuing issues with the way they report stories to the public. But the network is not staffed by a bunch of morons, the way I believe you are suggesting.
posted by zarq at 1:10 PM on April 11, 2012


Media Matters : From One Fox News Insider To Another: "I'm Laughing My Ass Off" "I'm laughing my ass off thinking of management's reaction. [Fox News chief Roger] Ailes will get Nixonian on the place. There will be plumbers, they'll comb an Enemies List out of the staff, psychological profiles, particularly if the mole starts leaking good stuff. They will probably narrow a list of suspects, and feed some warped information to each of them, and look to see if it leaks. Personally, I'd be sweating my ass off in there, even if it wasn't me leaking."
posted by crunchland at 1:19 PM on April 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm laughing my ass off thinking of management's reaction. [Fox News chief Roger] Ailes will get Nixonian on the place. There will be plumbers, they'll comb an Enemies List out of the staff, psychological profiles, particularly if the mole starts leaking good stuff.

And that is best of all. Even if everything this mole brings out is another version of LOL CRUDDY RESTROOMS, sending Roger Ailes up a tree is entirely worth it. The best revenge is the one you make the enemy inflict upon himself.
posted by JHarris at 2:46 PM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also, from crunchland's link:
Contacted about Gawker's Fox mole, the source confirmed that "[y]ou can't say jack shit about that place without authorization" and that it's professional "suicide" to dish dirt about Fox to the press, even among alumni. "When you leave, and you're signing your separation agreement, and taking your severance pay, there is a lot of strong language about never saying a word about Fox the rest of your natural life, or they'll come and take back all your severance," the former insider explains.

This is one of the most evil things I've ever heard about Ailes and Fox. It shouldn't be legal, and it needs to stop.
posted by JHarris at 2:49 PM on April 11, 2012


This is one of the most evil things I've ever heard about Ailes and Fox. It shouldn't be legal, and it needs to stop.

Really? The "source" is referring to a fairly standard "non disparagement clause" that frequently accompanies a separation agreement.
posted by BobbyVan at 3:37 PM on April 11, 2012


For the rest of your life? I don't care if it's Fox News or Amnesty International, this strikes me as deeply wrong.
posted by JHarris at 5:25 PM on April 11, 2012


Considering that thus far, all we have seen is footage of Romney changing ties and now, super secret footage of their men's room I'm wondering. This is not exactly Anonymous vs. H.B. Gary caliber intrigue. Fox's "We've already figured out who it is!" announcement came out far to soon to be believable, unless the legal options their reviewing regard how much trouble they could get into for systematically bugging their employee's homes.

Right now I'm kind of thinking that the FOX News Mole is a router at a local affiliate with name: admin and pw: password and somebody at Gawker is having a ball.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 5:52 PM on April 11, 2012


Well, that's the end of that.
posted by antonymous at 6:34 PM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


[A]s of today, I am free, and I am ready to tell my story, which I wasn't able to fully do for the previous 36 hours.

Stay tuned for much, much more tomorrow.


I guess they didn't have any sort of legal talk with him yet? About how they'd bury him in lawsuits and poverty for the foreseeable future? This is going to be interesting...
posted by naju at 6:53 PM on April 11, 2012


Aw, phooey. Well, 36 hours of Ailes panic is better than none.
posted by JHarris at 7:07 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am a weasel, a traitor, a sell-out

No, mostly you're boring.
posted by Nelson at 7:38 PM on April 11, 2012


As a mole, that dude makes Bradley Manning look like a model of discretion and good judgement.
posted by Artw at 7:55 PM on April 11, 2012


Browsing and gathering material for your mole project under your own login is, to steal a line from Archer, just babytown frolics. "Don't leave giant red flags everywhere" is like, Mole 101.

Big news organization like that's gotta have at least a handful of edit bays with access to that stuff that random PAs duck in and out of all day, start there.

Or brush up on your MOS Protocol and write a rudimentary MOS client to run from a thumb drive (it's really really really easy, actually, I mean technically you don't need to write anything and you can do it with PuTTY), find one of the many workstations in production areas where people don't log off because it's a PITA, and get to snooping all over the dang place. Broadcast/newsroom automation is not really built on secure protocols, which leads dumb tricks to amuse each other on a night shift like sending socket commands to a Viz Trio workstation that someone's working at on the other side of the newsroom, populating all of their CGs with insults and whatnot.

For more dumb newsroom tricks, start with this knowledge: you can make a functioning GPO trigger out of damn near anything and a lot of production equipment uses Sealevel GPI cards.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:36 PM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


As a mole, that dude makes Bradley Manning look like a model of discretion and good judgement. ... like, Mole 101. -- You're maybe forgetting that this guy actually works (worked?) for Fox News.
posted by crunchland at 3:11 AM on April 12, 2012


Hi Roger. It’s Me, Joe: The Fox Mole
Hi. My name is Joe Muto. I was the Fox Mole.

Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.

They nailed me.

In the end, it was the digital trail that gave me away. They knew that someone, using my computer login, had accessed the sources for two videos that ended up on Gawker over the past few weeks. They couldn't prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect.

I denied it, which is why they didn't fire me outright. But 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.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
posted by zarq at 6:53 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, and as it turns out, he was an associate producer at "The O'Reilly Factor".
posted by zarq at 6:55 AM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]




"...they hate me because I make money and I do it legitimately and they don't like my politics, and that's America."

So much for pretenses of fairness and balancedness.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:40 AM on April 12, 2012




To be fairer than Fox, it would be possible to slander Fox news simply because you don't like Ailes's politics, even if he never let his politics influence their editorial slant.

Much as I dislike the guy, I was impressed by how slick his statements were about the whole thing. "Who cares if there's a mole. We've got nothing to hide."
posted by straight at 1:17 PM on April 12, 2012


If he can come up with something a little more pointed than crappy bathrooms and romney's choice of tie colors, and actually write a book, he could maybe make a little more than that, assuming he doesn't have to do some deal with the non-disclosure devil.
posted by crunchland at 1:17 PM on April 12, 2012




"Here’s a Picture of Bill O’Reilly With a Topless Woman Along With the Fox News Legal Threat Meant to Quash It"

Gawker seems to be itching for a fight.

Are they really potentially liable for printing materials taken from Fox's archives without permission?
posted by zarq at 2:18 PM on April 12, 2012


I like that all the comments on that so far are about the typeface in the legal threat.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:37 PM on April 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Much as I dislike the guy, I was impressed by how slick his statements were about the whole thing. "Who cares if there's a mole. We've got nothing to hide."

"Yes, we're completely fair and above-boards. We have nothing to hide! Come to our open house!" BUT WHEN YOU LEAVE US IF YOU SAY A WORD ABOUT YOUR TIME HERE WE WILL COME AFTER YOU WITH KNIVES.
posted by JHarris at 2:48 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


For the rest of your life?

idk, it seems sort of appropriate that Fox News would think that working there should, like murder and genocide and treason, have no statue of limitations.
posted by elizardbits at 4:01 PM on April 12, 2012


statuTe, goddammit
posted by elizardbits at 4:01 PM on April 12, 2012


Oh, now I want to draw a picture of the Statue of Limitations. It'd stand opposite the Statue of Liberty, and be of a smirking Rush Limbaugh holding up his hand palm-out.
posted by JHarris at 10:42 PM on April 12, 2012


Fox News Lawyers To Joe Muto: 'Your Admissions Are Admissions Of Likely Criminal And Civil Wrongdoing.' Includes the letter they sent him.

Forbes:
What’s the going rate for inducing someone to commit career suicide? Apparently you can do it for five grand, as long as that person has a sufficiently large ax to grind against his employer.

posted by zarq at 7:05 AM on April 13, 2012


Still seems a bit false flag to me. Fox News comes out smelling great.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:43 AM on April 13, 2012


Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
posted by bq at 11:09 AM on April 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder if this is really his attempt to get off the blacklist by proving which team he really roots for.

i can't imagine any news organization that would want to hire someone who show's they'll run to gawker for 5k, no matter what their politics.

also, 5k must be their going number - that's how much supposedly paid for the iphone.
posted by nadawi at 12:44 PM on April 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Are they really potentially liable for printing materials taken from Fox's archives without permission?

zarq, under the mantle of "reporting news" I'd imagine they are free and clear. Besides, what would they get sued for? - it's not liable if it's accurate.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:44 PM on April 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


In point of fact, a mole at Fox News that doesn't get found out would still be awesome. The concept is sound, it was just the execution that was lacking.
posted by JHarris at 5:25 PM on April 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, I thought I'd had this bookmarked somewhere:

Actual News Headlines Vs. Fox Nation Headlines

Examples:
USDA gay-sensitivity training seeks larger audience
vs.
Obama Bureaucrats Imposing Radical Homosexual Sensitivity Training?

Malaysia police slammed for cattle-branding women
vs.
Malaysian Muslims Cattle-Brand Prostitutes

AP poll: Economic worries pose new snags for Obama
vs.
AP: Obama Has a Big Problem With White Women

Obama Will Speed Pullout From War in Afghanistan
vs.
Obama Doesn't Thank Petraeus

NY Officials Want Schools to Teach About Unwanted Baby Laws
vs.
NYC Public Schools Teaching How to Abandon Your Baby?

Dollar Weakens, Treasuries Gain as U.S. GDP Growth Slows; Stocks Advance
vs.
U.S. Dollar Getting Murdered

Mandela asks to meet Michelle Obama
vs.
Michelle Obama Snubbed in Africa, But Looking Forward to Private Safari
posted by Rhaomi at 7:20 PM on April 13, 2012 [4 favorites]




the warrant accuses him of grand larceny and conspiracy—WITH WHOM?

That seems obvious to me. Joe Muto + Gawker = conspiracy, no? Isn't conspiracy basically talking about doing something illegal with someone? If they signed a contract (which they probably did since he was paid) and if there was any illegal behavior discussed (such as illegally acquiring content), wouldn't it be a conspiracy?

IAONAL.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:32 PM on April 25, 2012


Contracts exist in civil law. Breaking a contract is not (usually) illegal. (IAsoNAL)
posted by JHarris at 4:49 PM on April 25, 2012




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