Fox 'mole' outed
The fellow's name is Joe Muto and now we know why he can't get a job anywhere else in the industry. It's not because he is "blackballed" because he works at Fox. It's because he is a liar, a thief, and a lazy, unambitious clock puncher.
After 8 years working at Fox, he rose from production assistant to associate producer. Eight years? A real up and comer this one. If I were a news executive at another network and I saw the lack of promotion after 8 years, I'd question everything about this fellow - including his work ethic and character.
No matter - the "mole" is hardly in a position to bring down the network, much less dish on the inner workings of the editorial staff. As it is, Fox easily figured out who the mole was - Mr. Muto evidently isn't very bright - and canned him:
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.
If you've ever worked in an office with more than a dozen or so people, you probably recognize Mr. Muto's type. Always complaining about something - a whiner who does just enough work to get by while damning his co-workers behind their back. Resentful, blaming others for his lack of upward mobility in the company, guys like Muto are desperately unhappy and need to be reassured constantly of their worth.
Curious that he lied to their faces about purloining the videos. You would think he'd be proud of what he did. But I guess as much as he hated Fox News, he loved a paycheck more -- which puts him in the same league as any run of the mill employee who is caught stealing from their co-workers, or cheating on their expense report.
This, I can believe:
I am a weasel, a traitor, a sell-out and every bad word you can throw at me... but as 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 wouldn't call him a "traitor." His actions did not rise to that level of wrongdoing. He is, in fact, self-aggrandizing his own slimy actions by exaggerating their importance. And as far as reading any more of his drivel, why should we? He has been revealed as a low level staffer, not in the know as far as the making of company policy or is he privy to any "secrets" that anyone couldn't find at Media Decoder or Media Matters.
Yes, Joe, you are free. You are also unemployed and, might I say, unemployable. McDonalds might take a flyer on you but good luck getting a job that would involve your employer trusting you for anything.