The ‘Fox Mole’ opens up to Howard Kurtz about his career prospects, as bloggers balk
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It's not too often that Howard Kurtz's Sunday show on CNN is the big one, but with outed "Fox mole" Joe Muto giving Kurtz an "exclusive" (a funny thing since we kind of thought Muto had given himself the exclusive, writing for Gawker) New York media had something beside the usual politicians to watch yesterday morning.
Kurtz asked Muto why, if he hated working at Fox so much, he'd decided to write anonymously about it for Gawker instead of just leaving.
"I tried to leave many, many times," Muto told Kurtz. "I sent out dozens and dozens of resumes. I think CNN must have gotten 20 resumes from me."
"The truth of the matter is I was blackballed within the industry that people hiring managers see Fox News on your resume, and they say this guy is conservative, this guy is a nut ... I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at Fox News."
(If he wasn't already, he probably is now.)
Media critics were ready with the salt.
"The current president of CBS News, David Rhodes, previously worked at Fox News for over 10 years and eventually rose to become the network’s Vice President of News," wrote Mediaite's Josh Feldman about Muto's blackballing claim. "And fellow CBS News employee Tim Gaughan previously worked at Fox News for 12 years and Bloomberg News in between the two. Also, Rick DiBella left Fox News after 10 years and went to CNN – He’s now the Executive Producer of their Sunday shows, including Reliable Sources."
"Maral Usefi was a producer for six years on 'Fox & Friends' and left for a senior producer job at CNN," wrote TV Newser's Chris Ariens. "We’ve even seen a PR person from Fox News, Tanya Hayre, make the move to MSNBC."
"Hearing Muto say that he couldn’t find a job elsewhere on the technical side is not surprising to me," added the anonymous industry chronicler Inside Cable News. "But at the same time I’m not 100% convinced that it was all FNC’s reputation that blocked Muto from getting hired elsewhere. There is a glut of qualified people out there after all."
So what's next for Muto? A regular blogging gig at Gawker, which reportedly paid him $5,000 for his insider dish in the first place? A book deal? More TV appearances?
"I'm still weighing a lot of options," he said.
Cable news, however, does not appear to be one of them.
"I think it's pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over," he said. "I don't foresee anyone outside of Current TV hiring me. I don't know what the future holds, but I’m looking forward to some new opportunities."
And Muto, whose initial leaks have so far underwhelmed, still claims to have some Fox News dirt to reveal.
"That's going to have to come out at a later time," he said.
You can watch the full interview below:
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