FOX News Threatens Lawsuit Against Former Employee Mole Joe Muto

Disgruntled mole faces lawsuit.

Joe Muto, an associate producer for The O’Reilly Factor, was fired this week after he illegally leaked information stolen from FOX News to Gawker. Now Muto is facing a lawsuit.

FOX News threatened legal action against the former employee and mole who illegally obtained and distributed information while employed at FOX. The mole was fired this week.
Yahoo reported:

The legal team representing Fox Newswhich already threatened legal action against Gawker Media over their employment of Joe Muto, a “Fox News mole”says the now-former Fox employee committed a crime and will pursue a case against him, too.

In a letter sent to Muto on Thursday and obtained by Yahoo News, the New York-based law firm Epstein Becker & Green P.C. advised Muto “that your admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing on both your and Gawker’s part, which will be the subject of further extensive investigation.”

More from the letter:

You should immediately stop providing information and videos to Gawker that you unlawfully obtained while employed at Fox News, and return them to Fox News. You should immediately stop writing columns based on information that you unlawfully obtained while employed at Fox News.

Fox Newswhich terminated Muto, an associate producer for Bill O’Reilly’s prime time show, on Thursdaydeclined further comment. “It’s now in the hands of our lawyers and law enforcement given that a crime has been committed,” a Fox News spokeswoman told Yahoo News.

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  • forest

    This idiot and Gawker are probably in some big trouble here. FNC’s product is information, videos, stories, and that’s what this guy was in there stealing – on behalf of another media organization. The lawyers must be licking their chops.

  • Conservative to the Core

    Fox will promise not to seek prosecution or pay him off in exchange for not spilling the beans. It’s called blackmail.

  • JR

    This idiot can now join the ranks of the blogger contributors to the Puffington Host. I hear those guys make gazillions of dollars spewing their leftist hatred – he won’t miss this lucrative job with Fox even one bit.

  • Stan25

    He won’t go to Huffpo. He has a ticket straight to the very top position at Media Matters.

  • Good. Make them know that this behavior has consequences. It will deter those who might consider something similar in future. I wonder if Gawker will help with this guy’s legal bills, or whether they will allow him to twist in the wind?

  • stonedome

    just another willing marxist comrade in service to the cause

  • You Cowards

    It’s pathetic to see how many of you are cowardly. This is someone who’s willing to speak about the darker side of media and the puppet masters trying to shape the way that YOU think. Someone is willing to stand up and tell the truth about something and you condemn him? Casting rocks as though he were some villain or Judas. You loudly shout down someone who is doing something, that quite obviously, you lack the courage and constitution to do yourself. You place your own ignorance and self service above principle.
    And for that, you are a worse person.

  • JG

    #7 “…the darker side of media”

    Yea, right.

    I won’t even waste time listing the many successful efforts by O’Reilly that have benefited those that your ilk pretend to defend. If you don’t get it now, you never will.

  • Serves him right

  • Joe

    You Cowards, just shut-up! Fox News is a business and this mole was a spy, sent in specifically to spy, idiot. So what you’re saying is that a competitor of a company can send in a spy to try to steal company secrets? That’s alright with you? That’s what this jerk was paid to do. It’s only because it’s Fox News (which we know all libs hate) that you are pissed. And that he was caught. Try to shame us after all the filth your side does every day? Go peddle your crap somewhere else, stupid.

  • Fuquay Steve

    He was producer for O’Reilly – is anyone really surprised? Come on, it was quite predictable, don’t you think?

  • You Cowards

    I have no ilk. I do not follow politics as you’re all spoiled and whiny children. I am not a christian, I have no agenda. All of these things allow me to see so much clearer than the majority of you that can no longer think for themselves and rely on others to form their opinions for them. I get it very well, you see political parties, you see that the world is wrong but take no responsibility and choose to cast blame and fear at others. You see your own fears and motives hidden in every other face that disagrees with you or reinforces your ignorant views.

    I see people.

  • #12 – Your superiority astounds even the most cretin amongst us /sarc. Get over yourself. Stealing is WRONG but then, the Left thinks everything belongs to them anyway, regardless of who earned it.

  • Fuquay Steve

    #12 – I think you do have some ilk – it’s also called skid marks and it is all over you face.

  • Larkin

    Uh, excuse me.

    He’s a lib. I’m pretty sure that they’re allowed to pull this kind of crap.

    I read it somewhere. ..or rather, didn’t.

  • You Cowards

    Yes, because I encourage people to speak out when they see wrong, I must be with a political party and hold a hidden agenda to push my way of life on others, right?

    Look at you.

    You people are so jaded, so miserable with discontent and venemous hatred against “Boogey Men” that you are no longer even able to recognize that someone has something to say, and they’re saying it because it needs to be done and no one else is.

    You mind is so locked and forced fed that you cannot even see past these convenient labels that they’ve handed you along with the collars.

    You’re not a democrat, or a republican or liberal or christian.

    You’re just sad people.

  • Warthog

    @You Cowards
    Since Joe Muto probably signed a non-disclosure agreement to get on staff at FOX news, that means he has broken his contract. As he is giving information to a rival news organization, that may constitute theft of intellectual property.

    Please defend Joe’s oath breaking and thievery.

    As for FOX new’s “darker side of media and the puppet masters trying to shape the way that YOU think,” please point to ONE instance where FOX news has done something as egrigous as NBC’s editing of the Zimmerman 911 call.

    I’m betting you can’t.

    Now, fetch your f’n shine-box.

  • Charlie

    You Cowards, yeah that’s exactly what you guys said about Bradley Manning. And then he released stuff about the Obama administration and vois la… he completely disappeared. To you, this guy is only speaking “the truth” because he’s currently talking about FOX. When he or another speaks about other news media… bak cah, bak cah! It’s the same old same old. Not fooling anyone here.

  • JG

    #16 “I see people” – “You people” – “You” – over and over again.

    I envy your ability to know “us” – without even knowing “us”. Dang, how do you do that !?

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  • FurryGuy

    #16 April 13, 2012 at 9:55 am
    You Cowards commented:

    So what is your opinion about Jonah Goldberg? After all he is a man that spent decades wokring in the news media, and now is quite willing to expose the darker side of the whole mess that is American media.

  • You Cowards


    Yes, because it’s been shown throughout history that change comes about by keeping your mouth shut and following the rules that someone else said you must live by.

    To you it’s most important to be a good employee.

    To him, it’s most important to be a good person.

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  • FurryGuy

    #22 April 13, 2012 at 10:15 am
    You Cowards commented:

    You have an opinion about Jonah Goldberg, or not? He is someone that very eloquently speaks out about the foul mess that is American media, past and present.

  • You Cowards

    I’ve laid with dogs. I’m leaving flea ridden and hoping that some day you remember the sense of Altruism that has long been forgotten.

    Best Regards,

    Jiminy Cricket

  • Joe College

    While we’re on the subject of 1984 style media control, my local paper The Trenton Times in Trenton, NJ has a headline this morning implying Chris Christie has been abusing the use of helicopters to carry out his duties of NJ governor.

    This is an old meme that team Obama tried to lay on Christie when he was considering a White House run last year. The fact is, Christie is smart to get around by helicopter. It’s hard to get anywhere from Trenton by car. There is a lot of corporate helicopter traffic to and from the Trenton area for this reason.

    Obviously, Team Obama is instructing the press to puff up this non-issue at this time because Christie has been speaking against Obama lately and is looking like a possible VP pick. With the way Obama governs, this conclusion is just 101 level stuff.

    The story came from the Bloomberg wire, and not from any reporting The Trenton Times did. Nor is there any “additional reporting” tag on the story. It is pathetic and laughable that The Trenton Times which is supposed to cover the NJ capital city, which is it’s home, would run this wire story on page one in order to trash it’s own state governor in order to lay down and roll over when Obama says so.

  • MaryW

    #You Cowards –

    I have four grandsons in their late teens and gather you are around their ages. Like you, they think they know it all. Now climb down from your high-horse and start reading some history books, that’s what I tell them.

    Honesty and loyalty will never go out of fashion.

  • Jaimo

    You Cowards, what wrongs are you referring to? Is it the story about the toilet paper hanging in the toilet for privacy, well that sure is very important information. Do you think he might forward that to the stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure that we currently have as President. Maybe Obama can do some good with the toilet issue at Fox. Or maybe get better donuts in the green room or something. You moron!

  • Warthog

    @You Cowards
    Yes, because it’s been shown throughout history that change comes about by keeping your mouth shut and following the rules that someone else said you must live by.

    Sorry but “rules” is the wrong word, the correct word is “laws”. By joining FOX news, and putting pen to their contract he agreed to those laws. By staying in this society Joe Muto agrees to those laws (see: tacit approval). Breaking said laws involves legal and criminal penalties. I’m sure his good person status will be of great comfort to him… in JAIL!

    That is your weak-sauce reply? Feh.

    As for opening your mouth and causing change, a fellow by the name of Andrew Breitbart would be a much better example than Joe Muto.

    Oh, and making me the subject of this was a rather transparent attempt to redirect BTW.

  • tj

    I’m not sure what crime has been committed.

    Is leaking information considered stealing? I thought it would be more like plagiarism. BTW – didn’t Biden do that when he was running against Clinton?

    I suspect that he violated his employee agreement. (I have no knowledge of the content of such an agreement or even if one exists.) Usually, the punishment for that sort of thing is termination. Duh.. since they already did that.. what more can they do?

    I guess the could file a civil suit… but how were they damaged?

    While I think the guy’s behavior is highly unethical, I’m not really sure how much Fox can do at this point.

  • Highlander


    “.. because I encourage people to speak out when they see wrong”.

    When you can prove that your selfless quest for justice is not reserved to the conservative side of the political divide – I will take you seriously. For example – I imagine you must have had lots to say on leftist blogs about NBCs um “mistake” in editing of the Zimmerman tape, right? No doubt you are perpetually in a state of outrage over MSNBCs continuing journalistic malfeasance. How about ABC, CBS, CCN, etc.? They must keep you very busy. How do you find the time for Fox News?

  • bg



    March 30, 2012

    House Republicans discuss reviving earmarks

    samo. samo, rino, and. assjacks. all. in. bed. together.


  • JG

    You Cowards commented: “I’m leaving…”

    nap time?

  • Rip VanBullwinkle

    Another Liberal is about to learn that martyrs are never remembered.

  • bg


    You Cowards #16 April 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

    re: [“Boogey Men”]

    i wish, nay, some are way too real.. 🙁

    April 12, 2012

    Alarms over Obama coup against Constitution surging

    [But where previous generations of warnings emanated from lone wolves
    with their fax machines in dusty spare rooms, the current alarms are
    being issued by the likes of Investors Business Daily, First Amendment
    authority Nat Hentoff, New York Times best-selling author Robert Ringer
    and their equals.

    “A second term free of electoral restraints [for Obama] may be a
    frightening prospect,” IBD wrote in a commentary in the last week.
    “This is, after all, a president who has said he can’t wait for Congress
    to act and will govern by executive order and regulations if necessary.
    He has questioned the Supreme Court’s ‘unprecedented’ review of

    The publication pointed out that the Obama administration already is in
    contempt of court – in a court dispute over its ban on oil drilling rigs in
    the Gulf of Mexico.]

    flashback to January 18, 2001

    Breaking Free From The Constitution

    [Mr. Obama’s comments take a turn from discussing the historical
    record. Unprovoked he laments that the Supreme Court “could not
    break free from the essential constraints placed by the Founding
    Fathers in the Constitution.” He further describes the Constitution
    as “a charter of negative liberties.” This is at odds with the preamble
    to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.]

    January 18, 2001 audio/video


  • Reno_Dave

    So what is your opinion about Jonah Goldberg? After all he is a man that spent decades wokring in the news media, and now is quite willing to expose the darker side of the whole mess that is American media.

    Did you mean Bernard Goldberg, FurryGuy? He’s the gent who once worked at CBS, not Jonah G, who writes for National Review and is an analyst on Fox News.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    #12, #16, #22 — Please stay onboard!! You are a hoot!!!
    You don’t follow politics?
    Not encumbered by a religious agenda?
    You see much clearer than the majority (actually “more clearly” is better here)?
    Let’s just try it out . . . .
    Can you see what finger I’m holding up?

    (BTW — Actually, it’s “I lay with dogs” – past tense – a miniscule infraction compared to the content of your comments)

    Keep trying – please.

  • GP Fan

    Lib trolls crack me up. They are completely unable to see their hypocrisy as it pours out with each sentence. It’s also amusing that they are completely obsessed because there’s one, let me repeat that, ONE, network that they don’t control.

    Of course there’s also their fit throwing tantrums about talk radio. They want them ALL! They scream about the first amendment from one side of their mouths, while out the other they throw tantrum after tantrum to try and silence any view/opinion except theirs! All the way up to the man child in chief. I remember one the very first things they did was the tv station tour to try and convince people Fox is evil. The economy just collapsed, country in panic and pain, and that’s what they worry about and devote resources to. It was despicable! And a glimpse into the nightmare that’s been this admin.

    It’s quite the case for study of some serious mental problem(s).

  • stuart

    #12, #16, #22
    Keith? Keith Olberman? is that you?

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  • kay

    he was a producer of o’reilly’s show.
    now I know why o’reilly started turning lefty.
    certain words, shading, stories, etc. – I thought it was ME and it turned out it was Joe Muto!
    Now let’s see if O’Reilly gets his compass back on track.

  • FurryGuy

    #36 April 13, 2012 at 11:16 am
    Reno_Dave commented:

    At least I got the last name correct; yes I did mean Bernard G, not Jonah G. Mea Culpa and all that jazz. D’oh! (Annoyed grunt!) Jonah G. is a conservative columnist which is why I confused the two. Mind you, I am not offering excuses, just setting the record straight. Any error on my part is clearly my mistake.

    But then I see our pest left without bothering to deign answering questions that might make his questionable moral positions clearly evident, even to himself.. He preferred trolling and throwing out accusations, acting petulantly childish, to actually bothering to discuss and debate like an adult.

    We really need a better class of trolls.

  • FurryGuy

    #41 April 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    kay commented:

    From my perspective it isn’t just O’Reilly that has veered decidedly left, nearly the entire output of FNC, news and commentary, has undergone a very unsubtle seismic shift to the “West”. I noticed the ideological creep began shortly after a buttload of Saudi cash bought a lot of Murdoch stock.

  • wanumba

    #12 April 13, 2012 at 9:40 am
    You Cowards commented:
    I have no ilk. I do not follow politics as you’re all spoiled and whiny children. I am not a christian, I have no agenda. All of these things allow me to see so much clearer than the .

    I see people.

    You just said you see “puppet masters.” Since you state very definitely that puppet masters rule people, who’s yours?

    Are you going to claim that everyone except YOU has a puppet master? How’s that possible in your world of puppet masters ruling over everyone?

  • GP Fan

    #41 & #43

    I agree. Obvious change. Scary, after all these years!

  • PJ

    Now we’ll never know: did Fox ever fix their toilet stalls? Inquiring minds want to know!!

  • FurryGuy

    #45 April 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    GP Fan commented:

    What’s even scarier is watching the FNC shift to the Left accelerate, quite drastically, during the 2008 primaries when Barry began trouncing Hillary for the nomination.

    The FNC leftward slide was not as dramatic as the rest of the alphabet media’s gallop off the edge.