In the wake of the New York County District Attorney's decision last month to launch a criminal investigation into Joe Muto, a.k.a. the Fox Mole, for the alleged theft of videos from his former employer Fox News, we thought it would be worthwhile to find out what we could about what relationship, if any, exists between the DA's office and Roger Ailes' operation. So we used New York's Freedom of Information Law to ask for correspondence and emails between Fox News employees and staffers in the DA's office. Today they refused our request.
What follows is a dispatch from Joe Muto, formerly known as the Fox Mole, written shortly after he revealed himself on Gawker earlier this month. This morning, Muto's apartment was raided by investigators for the New York County District Attorney's Office, who seized his computer, mobile phone and tablet computer in the course of investigating "attempt[s] and conspiracy to commit...grand larceny, petit larceny, and computer tampering."
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Joe Muto, formerly known as the Fox News Mole, reported on Twitter this morning that he received a visit from the District Attorney's office at 6:30 a.m. According to Muto, the warrant accuses him of grand larceny and conspiracy—WITH WHOM?—"amongst other things" in connection to his role as Gawker's Fox News correspondent, which lasted close to 36 hours. The DA's office took his laptop, an iPad, and an iPhone.
What follows is a dispatch from Joe Muto, otherwise known as the Fox Mole. It was to be the third in a series of anonymous columns Muto was planning on writing for Gawker from inside Fox News. After being discovered yesterday evening, Muto was fired by Fox effective today. Soon he will write a fuller accounting of his time at Fox and why he chose to leave in the way that he did.
Among the two minutes of behind-the-scenes Mitt Romney footage that Gawker's Fox Mole released today is a brief moment in which, contemplating changing his tie, Mitt Romney jokes, "I'll take the pink one." Buzzfeed Politics posits that Mitt's pink tie moment constitutes a "gay guy impression." Does it?
What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.