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New Book Chronicles Undercover Reporter’s Adventures as a Fox News Employee (VIDEO)

In a new book to be released this June, Gawker’s so-called “Fox mole” Joe Muto writes about his “eight-year odyssey” inside the Fox News network.

Muto’s posts on Gawker drew in more than 2.5 million hits in one week. He also released footage and information that Fox didn’t want exposed, including some unflattering footage of Mitt Romney. When his identity was discovered, he was fired within 36 hours with Fox threatening legal action against him.

A preview of his book was published on Salon.com today, and it no doubt provides an intriguing insight into the center of conservative media. Probably the most interesting portion of the Salon preview is the revelation of Bill O’Reilly’s antics at the network and the claim that he and Sean Hannity are not on good terms with each other.

“I said earlier that O’Reilly had more juice than anyone. That wasn’t entirely true. He had higher ratings than anyone, to be sure, but it could be argued that Hannity actually had more juice, owing to his closer affiliation and friendship with Ailes. The two of them are fellow travelers, both devoted to Republican causes. Bill is not on that train with them — he’s truly devoted only to O’Reilly-related causes. (Which just so happen to dovetail with Republican causes most of the time, but still …)

This has led to no small amount of tension between the parties. O’Reilly and Hannity, the two biggest stars at Fox News Channel, have basically no working relationship. Their shows are back-to-back, yet they’re barely on speaking terms. O’Reilly is convinced that Hannity is trying to sabatoge his show, and vice versa. The two of them fight constantly, almost entirely through intermediaries and over the pettiest of issues — mostly over guests. Both shows like to use Fox News analysts — specifically Karl Rove, Dick Morris, and Bernie Goldberg — and 90 percent of the squabbling is over which show gets which guest on which night. Roger did the situation no favors in 2011, when he spoke to Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast and engaged in a bit of provocative muckraking:

“O’Reilly hates Sean [Hannity] and he hates Rush [Limbaugh] because they did better in radio than he did,” Ailes said. Bill was furious for weeks. Because it turns out there is one thing he hated even more than management meddling: someone insulting his ratings.”

Below is the video of Mitt Romney that Muto leaked to Gawker.

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  1. Cyndi

    May 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I must say that that is the most human I’ve ever seen Romney. Thought it was funny when the reporter tried to talk a little about his wife and Mitt gave him this odd look and then just continued on with talking about his wife and himself LOL.

  2. Multipass

    May 30, 2013 at 1:31 am

    While I am looking forward to the book, I really do not see how this video in anyway reflects poorly on Romney. I hated the guy, but who cares if he has horses? He’s rich for chrissakes – even middle class people have horses.

  3. Michael Forbes

    May 30, 2013 at 1:48 am

    If I hadn’t already had a very low opinion of Romney, this video would’ve done nothing to give me one. If anything, it humanized him a little. Particularly when Hannity, sounding quite fiscally irresponsible, asked him if the reason for staying in a hotel not on the strip was due to the scrutiny of election funds, and Romney replied that it wasn’t the scrutiny, but the use of the money: “You can spend it on ads, or you can spend it on expensive hotel rooms. I’d rather spend it on ads.”

  4. Ann James

    May 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Nothing wrong with the video, what the big deal about it being “leaked” I’m lost here. I voted for Obama, but really don’t like stupid infllammatory headlines about anyone, especiially when there is nothing there to see.

  5. random mouse (@anoynamouse)

    August 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Only Faux news would think that this is a bad video to keep from the public. It clearly shows he’s a human with (guess what) more money then 85% of us.

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