A Fox News producer was fired Thursday after he was identified as a spy for the pop-media news and gossip site Gawker. Joe Muto, a self-described left-winger and former associate producer of “The O’Reilly Factor,” had just launched a column at Gawker called “The Fox Mole” aimed at airing the company’s dirty laundry. —ARK
“Joe Muto is fired effective April 12. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late today while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others,” a Fox spokesman said Wednesday.
… Muto’s first column which debuted Tuesday, promised to deliver privileged information from Fox News’ headquarters. Its first post included previously unseen video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussing horseback riding with Fox News host Sean Hannity. The second post featured photos of the company’s bathrooms and a description of the “dreary” newsroom, where staffers are “constant worrying about an infestation from bedbugs, mice or some other vermin.”