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April 13th, 2012
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The Fox Mole: Really, Guys?

Earlier this week, Gawker said, “We have a mole inside Fox News! You can look forward to months of evil inside scoops, provided by our hidden secret mole inside Fox News!”

Then, the next day: “They found him.  He’s fired.”

Whether you think it’s awesome or terrible that someone inside a corporation would leak info, I’m shocked at Gawker’s incompetence. Did they think the Mole wouldn’t be caught right away once he hit the front page of Gawker?

Why did no one at Gawker say, “Look, Fox Mole, this is some awesome shit. But you’re going to get caught the moment we start publishing this. So here’s what you do: write a month’s worth of embarrassing scandals in advance. Send us all the dirt, but we won’t publish it. Then, when we’ve got a nice juicy backlog, we’ll flip the switch and you’ll probably get fired, like, the day after we post it. But then you’ll have accomplished your mission.”

It’s like, dude, if you’d had an ounce of patience or forethought, you could have done some real damage. As it was, yes, you probably squirrelled away quite a bit, but even a month-old look at the daily view of Fox News, with verifiable claims, would have been enlightening.

Maybe the mole was so hot to leave he needed this published now. But more likely, I think it’s just Gawker blowing an opportunity.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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Date:April 13th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
And here I was hoping this was going to be about an interesting hybrid creature, the fox mole. This, in spite of having attempted, just last night, to watch the remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which featured just this very sort of mole.

(Alas, was too brain dead to follow... it seemed a very understated movie... too understated for a brain-dead viewer)

Now if the Fox mole had been an actual fox-mole, perhaps even with publicity he would have gone undetected.

Date:April 13th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
"an ounce of patience or forethought": possibly the least-common thing on the internet.

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Date:April 13th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
What never ceases to amuse me, and I mean ever, is that the U.S. demagoguery pamphlet that most of these types seem to take verbatim upon entering public life doesn't actually seems to have an adequate definition of just what "liberalism" is.

It boggles the mind.
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Date:April 13th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Not that funny and not that unusual, I'm hard pressed to think of any company that wouldn't do the same.
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Date:April 13th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
If it was my employee, you bet I would do my best to get rid of him before he could reveal something damaging. I don't blame Fox in the least for that.

I'm hoping Gawker had a bit of a clue and did get some actual dirt queued up before publishing the story on the front page. We shall see.
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Date:April 13th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
You saw that Buzzfeed, not to be outdone by Gawker, got an insider of their own, right?
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Date:April 13th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Given that the mole had been working there for years I'd expect him/her to have lots of gossip saved up already. Or maybe it's much more boring on the inside than expected . . . like all other huge corporations.
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Date:April 13th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Shockingly there's not much overlap between "ex-intelligence operative" and "blogger".
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Date:April 13th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
The mole was a dumbass who used his Fox login to get the dirt. It's the Darwin Awards effect in action.
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Date:April 13th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Every word you said is true. Similarly, when the mole responded, "I'm still here, so even though they said they caught me, they haven't", he should have known that "researching legal avenues" meant "figuring out the best way to fire his ass and hadn't told him yet".

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Date:April 14th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
It rather seems like a mole should be coming up with something damning about the agency they're a mole within, ideally more damning than "look, some people had a casual chat before the on-air interview and said something a bit offensive that everyone already knew anyway and that has nothing whatsoever to do with the company that I am supposedly a mole in!"
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Date:April 14th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think the problem is that the current Editor In Chief, A.J. Daulerio is a complete idiot who doesn't understand the long game at all.

This is the guy who when Gawker had the pay based on how many hits your article got rather than a normal salary and he was a writer at Deadspin posted a video of a girl getting raped and pissed on in the bathroom of a college sports stadium at halftime and then expressed shock when the woman's father called him up and ripped him a new one.

Just like this time he managed to get one day's worth of tons of hits while losing hits and credibility in the long term.
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