Fox News Mole Joe Muto: Hero Or D-Bag?

Gawker's "mole" at Fox News, Joe Muto, was outed less than 24 hours after first publishing a few insignificant yarns from inside the cable news network's newsroom -- and now he claims on Twitter to be in the midst of a "media firestorm."

The only interview he's actually given -- which he pimps on Twitter as being an "exclusive" -- was to CNN's Howard Kurtz -- and we hate to break it you, Fox News foes, but he comes across as a bit of a douchebag (see the video embedded above), inspired more by dollar signs (and a possible book deal) than with exposing any right-wing bias many claim the Roger Ailes-run network has.


For starters, he claims his being a "weasel" -- as Muto himself puts it -- was just the "primal scream" of a pissed off employee who simply couldn't take another election cycle of Fox's spinning the facts in favor of Republican candidates.

"I think there is a lot of -- as has obviously been stated repeatedly in the media, there's a lot of right wing bias at FOX, and the way they're slanting the news, I just couldn't take one more election cycle where they're on complete attack mode against the Democratic candidate," he tells Kurtz.

However, Muto -- who was paid $60,000 a year to work as a producer for Bill O'Reilly's opinion show -- refuses to discuss what's rumored to be $5,000 he was paid by Gawker to act as a double agent in the Fox newsroom.

KURTZ: You also -- you also, by the way, accepted $5,000 from Gawker to serve as the FOX mole. Does that make you look like more of a weasel?

MUTO: I'm not going to comment on any financial arrangements that I may or may not have had with Gawker. But what this was, Howard -- this was a primal scream from a long-time FOX employee who just couldn't take it anymore and could not take it one more day in that place.

As we mentioned, Muto seems to have a book deal in mind.

Muto claims that the insignificant anecdotes -- the most (um) damning being some friendly banter between Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney -- he posted on Gawker's website were just the tip of the iceberg. He claims to have several other stories -- that he expects to reveal "at a later time" -- that will further illustrate his point that Fox has right-wing bias.

MUTO: But the original plan was to sort of leak it out in driblets and maybe eventually I would -- some of the more interesting stuff I know would come out later. So --

KURTZ: So, what have you not revealed that you would like to reveal now?

MUTO: That's going to have to come at a later time.

KURTZ: Is that because you're saving it for a book deal or something like that?

MUTO: I don't -- I don't know what I'm going to do next, Howard. I'm still weighing a lot of options. You know -- that's -- I have seen it speculated in the press that that's what I was doing from the beginning. That's -- that was not the plan from the beginning.


Muto's response of having "a lot of options" doesn't exactly jibe with his claim that he's been trying to find a job at other networks for years but has been unsuccessful because he's been blacklisted in the media industry for working at Fox -- which may or may not be true. Regardless, his response seems like code for "I'm going to write a book -- that's currently my only option -- thanks for all the free publicity, sucka."

While Muto claims to be so outraged by his now-former employer that he was forced to betray his corporate bosses, he worked there for eight years. In other words, if he was so morally opposed to what was going on at Fox, he could have simply left.

Muto seems like more of a left-wing opportunist than the left-wing folk hero Gawker probably had anticipated he would become.

We want to know what you think, though -- Joe Muto: hero or douchebag?

Cast your vote below.





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Bill Smith
Bill Smith

The only interesting thing coming out of this is that he was blackballed for being a conservative.

kenroyall
kenroyall

Well at least he confirmed the left-wing bias in the mainstream media. 

Thedude
Thedude

this guy ruined his job for a lousy $5000?  More schmuck than d-bag.

Jim
Jim

He didn't just ruin his job.  He flushed whatever menial "career" he had going.  Time to go upsell fries with that.

A complete, smarmy douche nobody will want to associate with.

verbusen
verbusen

The impression is that liberals only defend free speech when it benefits them politically, this d bag helps prove that point.

Jay
Jay

How could we have "simply" left? It's hard to find another job in this economy, and people have to pay the bills!

James King
James King

The economy didn't suck eight years ago. This guy claim he was appalled by Fox's coverage of Kerry's campaign...in 2004. If this guy had such a moral objection, he could have left. He went to Notre Dame -- he would have been fine. 

Jay
Jay

Good point. Though living in NYC, even quitting a job in a good economy, is tough. Many of us here are in jobs we don't like right now, and it just gets annoying sometimes for people to act like it's sooo easy to quit, ya know?

Pooch8898
Pooch8898

He's worse than a douchbag...You said it-he's an opportunist...I just hope people aren't stupid enough to buy any book he writes- looks to me like he was overpaid at 60k- He probably couldn't find another job because he is, in fact, a moron. The poll should be 99% d-bag 1% hero because he will vote for himself and try to get all his mother's friend to vote as well(the self promoting douche)

ihazconservative
ihazconservative

The guy is a douchebag.  I was originally excited about the "mole" until he gave nothing of any substance and it became painfully obvious he's a Williamsburg hipster douchebag in love with himself.  The one clip I've seen of Joe Muto working as a producer has him pitching a story to O'Reilly to be outraged that a library wouldn't remove gay books.

jceyes
jceyes

I don't see how his motives are particularly important here. I guess if he wasn't money hungry he might've been more patient/careful and dug a little deeper, played a longer game, etc.  But I fail to see how any of this discredits the information he did put out there.

Jan - Cincy
Jan - Cincy

So what was the information he put out there? 

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

Thank God Mike Lacey's Village Voice is here to protect Fox News.

James King
James King

 How is this defending anything? The guy got paid to go out with a bang so he could write a book about it. I'd say the same exact things if a "mole" at the Rachel Maddow show got paid $5,000 to leave his job in disgrace and then write a tell-all about MSNBC.

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

It's cool bro, you got your pageview from me. 

ihazconservative
ihazconservative

A Voice commenter who calls someone he doesn't now "bro" - maybe lay off the Axe products for a bit.

vacmancan
vacmancan

I feel tis guy is a hero for attempting to expose Fox for what they, a news organization with a conservative, republican agenda.  However, he is a douchebag, for not having a  solid plan before he put his actions into motion.  It's obvious he flunked fox 101.  He never learned the proper way to "fox his facts." 

Pts
Pts

Instead he should of done what CNN, NBC, MSNBC and the rest of the MSM does, just make it up, cut out parts he doesn't like or misrepresent the truth.

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