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May 21, 2012
Of course we got attacked and people said we were racist, but I didn’t care.
The Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson • Discussing his site’s pushing of the Trayvon Martin story, including posting Martin’s tweets, which showed the slain teen in an unflattering light. The Daily Caller and other conservative media outlets have put a strong focus on surfacing black-on-white violence lately, particularly the attack on two Virginian-Pilot reporters, which Bill O’Reilly covered heavily for days. BuzzFeed’s McCay Coppins analyzes the phenomenon, writing that “The conservative media’s in-your-face reporting of black-on-white crime is a sort of demonstration project — a rebellious response to decades of fielding allegations of racism from the cultural elites who run the mainstream press.” Are they focusing on the wrong issue?
10:15 // 2 years ago
May 6, 2012
Trebek spoke with Wallace about one of the biggest controversies of his career: when he finally shaved off his mustache.
Mediaite’s Josh Feldman • Writing about longtime “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek, who showed up on Fox News Sunday for some reason and mentioned something about retiring soon — though he likes his job so much that he’s torn. Is there a bigger sign of how supremely uncontroversial someone is than their (admittedly famous) facial hair becoming an issue?
15:54 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
14:27 // 2 years ago
May 2, 2012

Shepard Smith on Mitt Romney’s statement about Newt’s departure: “Politics is weird and creepy and now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.” Y’know, “weird and creepy” could probably describe a lot of things — for example, this. Either way, this is the best deadpanning we’ve seen in years.

18:58 // 2 years ago
April 25, 2012

Obviously: “Fox News Mole” Joe Muto served with search warrant

"According to the warrant, Fox News is apparently accusing me of grand larceny, amongst other things." Muto confirmed the warrant and seizure of several personal items in a series of posts on Twitter. He remains an employee of Gawker Media, who plan to provide him with legal support, and seems to be taking the news in stride. Muto did not, however, specify what other charges he faces. COO Gaby Darbyshire confirmed that Gawker Media had not been served as of this posting. Coincidentally, while the DA’s office was serving the warrant against Joe Muto, Rupert Murdoch faced a fresh round of ethics questions in the UK.  source

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11:24 // 2 years ago
April 15, 2012
The truth of the matter is, I was blackballed within the industry, that people… hiring managers see Fox News on your resumé and say, ‘This guy’s a conservative. This guy’s a nut. We don’t want him in our organization.’ I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry.
Fox News Mole" Joe Muto • Discussing, with CNN’s Howard Kurtz, part of the reason why he publicly decided to take $5,000 from Gawker to spill the beans on his former employer. Mediaite takes exception to this comment, noting a few examples of Fox News workers jumping ship. That said, Muto had some fair points: For example, Kurtz seemed unaware of the heavy criticism Fox News’ sister site, Fox Nation, has gotten, offering pushback to Muto’s criticisms and giving the impression Kurtz has never visited the site. But Muto wasn’t fully negative about his experience, saying he worked with some great people. Anyway, we highly recommend you watch the interview — though Muto is clearly rough around the edges, it’s fascinating.
21:34 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012
What is Gawker? Is that that pornographic website? I don’t care if they have a mole beause we aren’t doing anything wrong, so it doesn’t matter… they hate me because I hate make money and I do it legitimately and they don’t like my politics, and that’s America.
Roger Ailes • Discussing Gawker, the site where Joe Muto, the Fox News mole, revealed himself last night after getting suspended from his job — with pay. Muto is an employee who works on “The O’Reilly Factor.” (ht Philip Bump)
9:07 // 2 years ago
April 11, 2012
Here’s Joe Muto, the Fox News dude who posted anonymously on Gawker for the past two days. He outed himself in a post 15 minutes ago. Fox caught him, and suspended him with pay. If we were Gawker, we’d hire him.

Here’s Joe Muto, the Fox News dude who posted anonymously on Gawker for the past two days. He outed himself in a post 15 minutes ago. Fox caught him, and suspended him with pay. If we were Gawker, we’d hire him.

20:58 // 2 years ago

Fox News: We know who the Gawker mole is, we swear!

  • story A new columnist debuted at Gawker, claiming to be an insider at Fox News, and leaked an un-aired bit of Sean Hannity’s recent interview with Mitt Romney.
  • reaction While some celebrated the leak, others called it a charade, but most agreed that it would only be a matter of time before Fox discovered the source.
  • outcome Sure enough, a Fox News spokesperson claimed to Mediaite that the company has discovered the mole, but a new post suggests otherwise. (ht FJPsource

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15:30 // 2 years ago
April 10, 2012

As you may have already heard (we covered this earlier today, in particular CNN’s ugly camera work), the legal representation for George ZImmerman cut ties with their former client earlier today, saying he’d begun acting on his own without their input, contacting Fox News’ Sean Hannity for an off-the-record conversation serving as a prime example. Hannity confirmed tonight that he did speak to Zimmerman, but as it was indeed off-the-record, we won’t be hearing about it.


22:25 // 2 years ago