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That Was Fast: Gawker's 'Fox News Mole' Has Been Caught

Yesterday, the snarky gossip site Gawker annoucned their newest blogger, called "Fox News Mole," an anonymous source from inside the cable news giant that would publish all the dirty details on what it's like to work there. Obviously, the intent here is to damage Fox's reputation, but so far, most of what the "mole" has leaked has been...pedestrian, shall we say.

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He (or she, though I think it sounds more like a man) offered this by way of an introduction:

I always intended to keep my mouth shut. The plan was simple: get hired, keep my head down and my views to myself, work for a few months, build my resume, then eventually hop to a new job that didn't make me cringe every morning when I looked in the mirror.

That was years ago. My cringe muscles have turned into crow's feet. The ten resumes a month I was sending out dwindled into five, then two, then one, then zero. No one wants me. I'm blacklisted.

I work at Fox News Channel.

Of course, the Mole is a liberal, so his unhappiness at this particular, right-leaning news bureau is to be expected. So far, however, the biggest "scandals" he's revealed have been related to the bathrooms (caution, language warning...also, really? Bathrooms?), and a "hot mic" video of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity, where the former governor talks about his love of...horses.

Oh, well now that we know THAT, there's no way he's fit to run for president!

Well, the Mole himself admitted that Fox was likely to catch on to him, but even he probably didn't imagine it would only take his employer 21 hours to figure him out.

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A Fox News spokesperson revealed to Mediaite and told us that they have already discovered the mole’s identity.

Here is the brief statement from the spokesperson:

“We found the person and we’re exploring legal options at this time.”

Dang.

The story is still developing, but does seem like Fox stole the Mole's thunder on this. He intended to go out swinging:

"So why not just leave Fox News?" you might ask. Good question! I've asked myself that same thing many times. And I am leaving. Sooner rather than later, I'm guessing. But I can't just leave quietly, can I? Where's the fun in that? So I'm John McClane-ing this sh*t. I'm inside the building, crawling through the air vents, gathering intel, and passing it along to Carl Winslow.

Hmm. Die Hard indeed. Farewell, Fox News Mole! We hardly knew ye.

UPDATE: The Mole has spoken and says...he's still there?

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.

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Will we ever know the truth?! Stay tuned, as we'll keep you apprised of all the latest developments in this story of utmost national importance.

UPDATE II: Because you didn't think it would end like that did you?! Fox has issued a rather terse statement, heavy with overtones of the Mole's impending doom:

“We know who it is.”

And presumably, what they did last summer. Hey, the original statement didn't say, "We fired the guy," just, "We figured him out." Dun dun dunnnnn...

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