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Caption this: Joe Muto, Gawker’s “Fox Mole”

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“Well, at least Nick Denton won’t screw me over.”

Read Joe’s incredible story here. And by “incredible,” I mean “incredibly stupid.”

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.

And now you just admitted it. On Gawker. Who’s gonna know?

Gee, I guess FNC has known who this guy was all day after all. Hope it was worth it to post a clip of Romney talking about horses, and some pics of a damaged bathroom stall. I can’t decide who this guy reminds me of more, Woodward or Bernstein.

Gotta give him credit for understanding his limitations, though:


So, what was that, 24 hours? Give or take?



P.P.S. Okay, it’s official: Muto has been fired. That was his masterstroke, going on Gawker and saying, “They didn’t fire me, because I denied doing what I’m now admitting I did.”

P.P.P.S. A Fox spokesperson emails TheDC: “Joe Muto has already been fired. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late yesterday while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.”

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Jim Treacher