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Flop of the Fox mole

The nation’s pre-eminent racial arsonist, Al Sharpton, works for MSNBC.  NBC News is under fire for deceptively editing audio clips and transcripts, multiple times, to smear the world’s most famous “white Hispanic” as a racist.  They claim it was an accident, even though everyone familiar with the editing process finds that assertion laughable, and they refuse to identify the sole individual they claim to have fired for making this “mistake.”

Clearly it was time to put a “mole” in the ranks of Fox News!  Because… well, because liberals really hate those guys, even though they have a very difficult time explaining precisely what journalistic sins Fox has supposedly committed.  Heck, the Obama White House has openly declared war on Fox News on multiple occasions.  They must be evil!

Thus, website Gawker began running what it promised would be a series of dispatches from a “mole” planted inside Fox News: a disgruntled employee who hates the organization, and can’t wait to dish up some dirt.  Chris O’Shea at Mediabistro notes that the really interesting thing about this story is how unusual it is to find a disgruntled Fox employee, and proceeds with a summary of Gawker’s flopperoo column:

The biggest “gotcha” moment from the mole is a behind-the-scenes video of Mitt Romney talking about his love for horses. Scandalous! Yes, it shows how Romney clearly appreciates the finer things in life, but doesn’t everyone already know that? The mole clearly thinks it is a big scoop:

Romney professes his and his wife Ann’s well-known love of horseriding, praising the qualities of the ‘Austrian Warmbloods’ that his wife rides—they are ‘dressage’ horses, he notes—while maintaining his own preference for the ‘smoother gait’ of his own ‘Missouri fox trotter.’

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.

Well, we guess we have to hand it to the mole for trying to make the video incriminating. If nothing else, we all know how the person feels about the public’s perception of golf and horse back riding. So… Good job?

Yeah, golf is definitely more appropriate a pastime for a hard-working blue-collar Tribune of the People, especially when he plays it several times as often as any of his predecessors.  I sure hope Mitt Romney doesn’t play polo.  That’s like golf and horseback riding combined!

There was also a lot of hand-wringing from the “mole” about Romney and Fox host Sean Hannity changing ties during their interview, because it was filmed all at once, but broadcast over two days.  Romney and Hannity also made fun of John Edwards.  The horror.

Next up, the “mole” offered a long dissertation on the unpleasant “basement newsroom,” which is “oddly low-rent” and has old computers.  The bathrooms, however, are “GLORIOUS” following their recent remodeling.  (Caps in the original.)  In fact, they’re better than the bathrooms on the “talent floor,” where luminaries such as Bill O’Reilly relieve themselves.  And the lobby “isn’t too shabby.” 

Those are the big scoops from the Gawker mole, the heavy artillery fired in the inaugural columns of a bombshell feature.  Click here if you want to read it, but content warning – there’s some salty language.

We might not get many more installments of this exciting series, as Fox News announced on Wednesday they had discovered the identity of the mole – barely one day after the first “dispatch” was posted – and were weighing their legal options. 

Maybe they won’t do anything about it.  So far, the “mole” has made them look pretty damn good.  Considering the goings-on at the big liberal networks, Fox management couldn’t have asked for better than a series of dynamite revelations about the quality of its rest room facilities, and the décor of the lobby. 

This might even be some kind of meta-satire of liberal Fox paranoia… or maybe someone at Fox having a bit of fun at Gawker’s expense.  Say, does anyone know if Bill O’Reilly takes a smart phone on his rest room breaks…?

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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