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The Gawker Fox News Mole is Shopping a Memoir

Surprise! Joe Muto, Gawker’s Fox News Mole — who never posted anything worth reading— is shopping a memoir. According to The New York Observer, Muto’s book is tentatively titled An Atheist in The Foxhole and will take a humorous tone:

The proposal outlines chapters devoted to the “cheapness and stinginess” of Fox News (‘cannot be overstated’), Mr. O’Reilly’s morning ritual (‘lots of yelling’) and— ‘in what’s certain to be the most talked about chapter of the book’ —the 2004 sexual harassment suit filed against Mr. O’Reilly… ‘I’ll go through the lawsuit line by line, offering my own interpretation and commentary, and will definitively answer the question Did He Do It?,’ Mr. Muto wrote.

It’s nice of Muto to answer that question. We’re sure it must be music to the ears of all the people out there desperately hoping to hear his version of the events. He’s the Gawker Fox News Mole! He will certainly tell the truth!

Of course anyone who has been following Muto’s story knows that his memoir will be completely lackluster. Even when he tried to be gossipy in his Gawker posts — Bill O’Reilly poops! OMG! LOL! — he failed miserably. But hell, if Snooki can get a book deal, we’re sure someone will pay for Muto’s work. Let’s just hope the publisher understands his book won’t be as good as hers.

[Pic via Gawker]

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Police Search Gawker’s Fox News Mole Apartment

The sad saga of Joe Muto, Gawker’s Fox News Mole, continues. This morning, Muto tweeted that he was served with a search warrant and was being accused of grand larceny by Fox News.

As much as FishbowlNY has enjoyed giving Gawker and Muto shit for failing to produce anything worthwhile (other than page views for Gawker!) during their partnership, hopefully nothing happens to Muto.

We’re not lawyers, so we don’t know how much of a case Fox has against Muto, but he seems unconcerned. After the updates above, Muto tweeted, “I should have done something more innocuous, like hacked a dead girl’s phone and interfered with a police investigation.” Uh, maybe — and we could be wrong here — the time to shut-up is after police raid your apartment.

Nick Denton Defends Pathetic Fox News Mole Posts By Saying They Brought Traffic

Today Gawker announced that it was blowing up its commenting system, which of course brought out the crazies. And while they were entertaining in their passion — what ever will Gawker do with all the people lying about not visiting the site anymore??? — we thought we’d focus on a comment from Nick Denton, regarding the Fox News Mole, Joe Muto:

Despite AJ’s, um, antagonistic relationship with some star commenters, he and his writers have drawn a record audience: 2.5m people in the US in the last seven days alone. That’s amazing. Lest you think that these are morons drawn by pet videos — stories such as the Fox News Mole have drawn a ton of press attention.

If you’ve been following Muto’s updates, you know by now what a complete failure the whole thing was. Gawker was clearly hoping for something monumental with Muto’s posts, and instead got dispatches about — excuse the pun — crappy bathrooms. But here Denton is defending the experiment by saying that it brought in traffic.

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Fox Threatens Gawker with Legal Action [Updated]

It appears that Fox News has had enough of Gawker’s meager mole, Joe Muto. The network sent a strongly worded letter threatening criminal and civil charges if Gawker didn’t stop publishing Muto’s dispatches. The letter demands that Gawker “immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto, and return them to Fox News.”

Speaking of Muto’s posts, we’re guessing that the photo of Bill O’Reilly with a topless woman that accompanies the letter from Fox is Muto’s doing. If so, we should congratulate Gawker and Muto on yet another utterly unimpressive update. The picture looks like it’s about 30 years old and is far from anything scandalous. In fact, all it does is prove that a long, long time ago, O’Reilly was a bro who could bro it up with the best of them.

The longer this goes on, the worse Gawker looks. But maybe that was the goal of the mole all along, and he’s really a counteragent, working for Fox? Now that would be a story worth following.

UPDATE:
See below for the letter Fox News sent to Muto, courtesy of TVNewser.

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Gawker’s Fox News Mole Identifies Himself, Promises More Excruciatingly Boring Posts [Updated]

And just like that, it was over. Gawker’s lackluster Fox News Mole has been fired by Fox, and revealed his identity. He is Joe Muto (pictured), a longtime producer for “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Muto revealed himself with a post explaining that he had been brought in by Dianne Brandi, Fox News’ Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, and questioned about the whole thing. Muto was caught because he had used his work computer to access sources for two videos that were shown on Gawker. Smart!

Of course Muto, attempting to continue to be relevant, says he has much more in store for all of us:

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.

Fantastic. We simply can’t wait to read what’s next. Will it be a scintillating story about the cafeteria tater tots? Or maybe an exposé on Shepard Smith’s socks?

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Fox News Swiftly Identifies, Ousts Mole

It didn’t take long for Fox News to ferret out the employee sharing the network’s secrets on Gawker. The first column by “The Fox Mole” appeared on the Gawker website Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday evening, the rogue employee had been fingered, confronted, and escorted out of the building.

The mole outed himself to the rest of the world Wednesday night on Gawker. He’s Joe Muto, an associate producer for The O’Reilly Factor, and he promises readers he’s not done dishing on Fox News. After eight years at the network, he’s sure to have plenty of dirt.

Fox tells Mediaite that they are exploring “legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others,” which likely means “our lawyers are trying to shut him up.” Let’s hope they fail. We love seeing how the Fox News sausage gets made.

Photo of Muto via Gawker.