You remember that former Fox News employee that was doing recon for Gawker, right? Well, it appears that Fox News was serious about pursuing legal action. “Fox Mole” Joe Muto was apparently served with a search warrant this morning, according to a series of tweets.
On April 10th, The Fox Mole debuted his first column with Gawker. He detailed how he had taken a job with Fox News as a resume builder, fully intending to use it to springboard to bigger and better things – at least things that “didn’t make [him] cringe every morning when [he] looked in the mirror.” He described how a particular article on Fox Nation, which he described as an “unholy mashup of Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, and a Klan meeting, had been the last straw for him. And with that, he began “John McClane-ing that shit,” working as a mole for Gawker. His first big piece of insider information was a clip of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity talking before an interview, where Romney talks about his wife Ann’s love of dressage.
A few days later, Gawker published a letter from Fox News attorney’s to Nick Denton. In that letter, Fox threatened legal action, saying,
“Be advised that Muto’s admission are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing on both his and Gawker’s part, which will be the subject of further extensive investigation. Fox News will pursue its rights and remedies in the appropriate legal forums.”
Oh yeah, and that article came with a nice picture of Bill O’Reilly on a boat with a topless woman.
And today comes the search warrant on Muto:
I just got search warranted at 6:30am by a very polite crew from the DA’s office. Took my iPhone, laptop, some old notebooks.
According to the warrant, Fox News is apparently accusing me of grand larceny, amongst other things.
Apparently, the leaked video of Romney talking about dressage horses pissed them off quite a bit:
They’re pretty worked up over a clip of Romney talking about his horses.
Muto later takes a swipe at some of the UK issues facing Rupert Murdoch:
I should have done something more innocuous, like hacked a dead girl’s phone and interfered with a police investigation.
Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire told Poynter that Muto is still a Gawker employee and that they will be “will be providing him with legal support.” She said that Gawker doesn’t expect to be served with a search warrant.