On Tuesday, the website Gawker made headlines when it claimed it had a "mole" inside Fox News that was going to start feeding the site seedy details about the news juggernaut by way of a regular column. Just one day later, Fox has said it has identified the mole and is seeking legal action.
That was quick.
A Fox spokesperson told the media insider site Mediaite that “We found the person and we’re exploring legal options at this time.”
However, the "mole" tells Gawker if that's the case, it's news to the mole:
So Fox's PR team has been telling people that they have "found" me and are presently "exploring legal options." If Fox has smoked me out, it's news to me. I'm still here. Back to work.
The spokesperson responded to Mediaite: “We know who it is.”
As Mediaite points out, the spokesperson never initially claimed Fox had confronted the person, just that it know who the mole was.
That could mean the insider dispatches are coming to an end. But it's not like the first one was a bombshell anyway. The mole's first column leaked behind-the-scenes footage of Mitt Romney talking with Sean Hannity before an interview. The scandalous topics? Romney's horses and Hannity's decision to change ties during a break.
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