"Fox Mole," We Hardly Knew Ye! In One Day, Fox Finds Employee Hired by Gawker, Fires Him, Threatens Legal Action

In no time at all, it seems that Fox has outed its mole -- the employee who Gawker hired only two days ago to give readers the inside scoop on life at Fox News HQ. Noting that he was triggered to go against his employer by the infamous "Obama's Hip Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs" post on Fox Nation, the mole, whose name we now know is Joe Muto, noted in his first post for Gawker:

The post neatly summed up everything that had been troubling me about my employer: Non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on....

That was it for me. It wasn't that the one incident was so bad, in and of itself. But it was so galvanizing, and on top of so many other little incidents, that I guess it just finally pushed me over the edge.

Muto, who was an associate producer on Bill O'Reilly's show, was able to get a few posts in during his short period of anonymity, including this video of Mitt Romney seeming to do a "gay voice" impression. But his life as a mole was cut short when, just one day after his initial Gawker post, Fox tracked Muto down, revealed his name, and fired him, threatening legal action. "Joe Muto is fired effective April 12," said a spokesperson for Fox late yesterday. "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."

It appears that Muto plans to keep blogging about his now-former employer, now under his own byline. And he might even make some sweet dough from the gig. But alas, we may never know what Muto may have been able to dig up while still on the inside. So farewell, Fox mole. We hardly knew ye.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 12, 2012, 6:05am