An anonymous Fox News Channel employee has been hired by the news and gossip website Gawker as a mole, with Gawker explaining that the Fox insider “will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization."
The "Fox mole" is unusual as employees "very rarely speak out of turn at Fox News — proof, people close to the network say, of discipline and intense loyalty to the network and its chief, Roger Ailes," notes The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
The Gawker post by the unidentified Fox News employee includes a video of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity speaking before they taped an interview in February, with Romney praising horseback riding and the qualities of certain horses.
"Now there’s nothing wrong with Mitt and his wife loving horseback riding. But remember this video next time Romney attacks Obama for golfing. The inherent elitism and snootiness of golf is NOTHING compared to competitive horseback riding," the unidentified Fox News staffer wrote.
Explaining why he or she had decided to work for Gawker as well, the employee wrote about Fox Nation’s take on President Obama’s 50th birthday party, which included the headline, "Obama’s Hip Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs," according to the Gawker post.
"The post neatly summed up everything that had been troubling me about my employer: Non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on," the mole wrote. "It was so galvanizing, and on top of so many other little incidents, that I guess it just finally pushed me over the edge."