The Fox Mole Is Back

If you’ve been wondering about (or worrying about) the Fox Mole, he is alive and well and still living in Brooklyn (maybe he’ll be on the next season of Girls).

Muto has a sharp piece up on Slate critiquing Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show The Newsroom.  Muto details what Sorkin gets right and what he gets wrong about cable news.

Muto also references his own “quiet, dignified” exit from eight years at Fox as a producer for Bill O’Reilly.  I can’t imagine working for O’Reilly for eight minutes.  Not enough Prozac in the world….

Fox News Goes After Its Mole

It’s not good to piss off Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch, and Fox News.  The Fox Mole, Joe Muto, reports that they are going after him for grand larceny!  He was served with a search warrant that resulted in his iPhone, laptop, and notebooks being taken.

Muto tweets, “I should have done something more innocuous, like hacked a dead girl’s phone and interfered with a police investigation.”

Forget Obama — Fox Feuds with Gingrich, Santorum, Palin

Having complained about Fox’s bias toward Mitt, Newtie is now unwelcome at Fox, where he was a paid contributor before he ran for president.

So too is Rick Santorum, who had complained in March that Fox was “shilling for Romney.”  Fox also revealed that Santorum’s contract with them was only in the five, not the six, figures.  They apparently did this to hurt his negotiating position with another network.

So Roger Ailes won’t be rehiring Newtie and Frothy.

What about Sarah Palin, whose contract continues through 2013?  Now Ailes has upset her, saying, “Sarah Palin had no chance to be President.  The one I didn’t hire was Romney. I thought he had a chance [to be President] … I hired people I thought would get ratings.”

Palin huffily responded, “I wonder if he is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor.  No doubt many people who are told they can’t do something will work that much harder, and they succeed.”

As for the Fox Mole, Joe Muto, his fifteen minutes continues.  He’ll be on CNN on Sunday.

Fox Fights on Two Fronts

Although busy hunting down Gawker’s  “Fox News Mole,” Fox fought on another front today, responding to Newtie’s criticism that the network didn’t treat him fairly because they were for Mitt:

“This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN–that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention, he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.”

Don’t Mess with Fox News

The Fox Mole, the disgruntled Fox News employee who had begun posting on Gawker, is now a disgruntled ex-Fox News employee.  He is Joe Muto, an associate producer on Bill O’Reilly’s show, who had been at Fox since 2004.

After a meeting with Dianne Brandi, Fox News Executive VP for Legal and Business Affairs, Muto was escorted from Fox News HQ by security.

Fox says, “We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.

Ah, Joe, we hardly knew ye.

Another Reason to Love Gawker!

Gawker announces its newest hire — The Fox Mole, “a long-standing, current employee of Fox News.”

From his (or her) first column:

“The video above is of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity bantering before the taping of an interview for the “Hannity Vegas Forum” in February.  Of note:  Romney professes his and his wife Ann’s well-known love of horseriding, praising the qualities of the ‘Austrian Warmbloods’ that his wife rides — they are ‘dressage‘ horses, he notes — while maintaining his own preference for the ‘smoother gait’ of his own ‘Missouri foxtrotter.’

“Now there’s nothing wrong with Mitt and his wife loving horseback riding.  But remember this video next time Romney attacks Obama for golfing.  The inherent elitism and snootiness of golf is NOTHING compared to competitive horseback riding.  And I think Mitt loses points with the GOP base for his correct pronunciation of dressage.  To GOP-voter ears, it sounds not only gay, but even worse, French.”  Emphasis added.

Politico‘s Dylan Byers weighs in on The Fox Mole — “Should be fun, until they find out who it is.”

If you watched The Borgias on Sunday and saw the king’s torture chambers in Naples, I expect Fox News has something similar in their basement.  The Fox Mole is either very brave or very stupid or both.  I think it’s fair to say he will “never work in this town again” once Roger Ailes identifies his sorry ass.

I wish I could hear the back-and-forth between Mitt’s campaign and Fox about this leak.  The video also shows Mitt declining a pink tie in a fake gay voice.

All this story lacks is a loofah.

If you still had a show, Keith Olbermann, you could and would air this video tonight.