FOX MOLE — COMMITTING CAREER SUICIDE?
Joe Muto, the Fox News producer who got himself fired last week by offering himself up to Gawker.com as a “mole,” says he found himself caught in a career squeeze. On the one hand, he told CNN’s Reliable Sources, “they promote people for pushing this conservative viewpoint. … People at work knew I wasn’t really enthusiastic about the right-wing leanings there, and as a result it seemed after a while my career was stalling. I was never going to advance in the ranks there because I did not buy into this conservative viewpoint.” On the other hand, he said, because his résumé indicated that he was working on conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly’s program, “Hiring managers see Fox News on your resume and they say ‘this guy is conservative. This guy is a nut. We don’t want him in our organization.’” Nevertheless, he said, he had to put Fox News behind him. “I couldn’t be in that building one day longer without exploding.” As for Fox’s threatened lawsuit against him and Gawker, Muto said, “They’re trying to intimidate me into silence because I’m revealing unflattering information about the inner workings of the company.”