Apr 25, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Poynter: In a series of tweets, the Gawker blogger who worked at Fox News until he was outed as a mole announces this morning that News Corp.’s legal threats were not just talk. Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire told me by email that Muto remains an employee and “we will be providing him with legal support.” She also said Gawker hasn’t “been served yet” and “we don’t expect to served.”
At a talk earlier this month at UNC, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes said of Muto, “The mole shows a culture that believes in theft, a lack of loyalty, turning on his colleagues, lying to management, and there are some real, ethical, serious questions about it.”
Gawker published two of Muto’s posts under the byline “The Fox Mole” on April 10 and 11; Fox News suspended him on April 11. Gawker published another post on April 12, the day Muto was fired.
That same day, lawyers for Fox sent a letter to Gawker publisher Nick Denton, which said, “Muto’s admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing on both his and Gawker’s part, which will be the subject of further intensive investigation. … Gawker should immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto and return them to Fox News.”