Uh Oh, Fox News Has a Mole

Regular dispatches from the belly of the beast
Media • Views: 38,243

Gawker announces today that their new writer is a current Fox News Channel employee, who shall remain nameless. He (or she) brought along a video, showing Mitt Romney before an appearance on the Sean Hannity show, discussing the horses Romney and his wife own, and warning each other that it’s not a good subject to bring up on the air.

Here’s the part of The Fox Mole’s post I found especially interesting, in light of all our recent articles looking at the vile, racist comments frequently posted at Fox News and their “community” site, Fox Nation:

The final straw for me came last year. Oddly, it wasn’t anything on TV that turned me rogue, though plenty of things on our air had pushed me in that direction over the years. But what finally broke me was a story on The Fox Nation. If you’re not a frequenter of Fox Nation (and if you’re reading Gawker, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re not) I can describe it for you — it’s like an unholy mashup of the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post and a Klan meeting. Word around the office is that the site was actually the brainchild of Bill O’Reilly’s chief stalker (and Gawker pal) Jesse Watters.

The Nation aggregates news stories, gives them provocative headlines, and invites commenters to weigh in. The comments are fascinating actually, if you can detach yourself enough to view them as sort of the id of the conservative movement. Of course, if you can’t detach yourself, then you’re going to come away with a diminished view of human decency, because HOLY MOLY THESE PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THE BLACK PRESIDENT. I’m not saying they dislike him BECAUSE he’s black, but a lot of the comments, unprompted, mention the fact that he is black, so what would you say, Dr. Freud?

The Fox Nation moderators, realizing that they had a problem on their hands, did the absolute bare minimum, hiring one or two college kids to comb the comments for the most egregiously racist postings, and putting in automatic text filters that blocked various key words. Of course the intrepid commenters quickly found ways around these filters using letter substitutions and spacings, which is why many comments complain about our “n@gger president” and the “M u s l i m in the White House.”

So the site has become the seedy underbelly of the Fox News online empire. It’s surprising that we even have an online empire, considering that our fan base is mostly septuagenarian technophobes.

The post that broke the camel’s back might be familiar to some of you, because it garnered a lot of attention and (well-deserved) ridicule when it hit last August. The item was aggregating several news sources that were reporting innocuously on President Obama’s 50th birthday party, which was attended by the usual mix of White House staffers, DC politicos and Dem-friendly celebs. The Fox Nation, naturally, chose to illustrate the story with a photo montage of Obama, Charles Barkley, Chris Rock, and Jay Z, and the headline “Obama’s Hip Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.”

The post neatly summed up everything that had been troubling me about my employer: Non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on. It came close on the heels of the Common controversy, which exhibited a lot of the same ugly traits. (See also: terrorist fist jabs; Fox & Friends madrassa accusations; etc.)

The worst thing about the Hip Hop BBQ incident is that we didn’t back away from it. Bill Shine, who is a rather important guy—sort of Roger Ailes’ main hatchet man, and the go-between for Ailes and most of the top talent—bafflingly doubled down and defended it. The story still exists on the Fox Nation site, headline and photo montage intact, to this very day.

Related

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Video: The World’s Most Dangerous Downhill Ski RaceFrom top to bottom, the Streif presents skiers with one imposing challenge after another. See what it takes to conquer famous downhill race course with a detailed look at every feature of the run.
teleskiguy
20 hours, 42 minutes ago
Views: 123 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Ani DiFranco - ‘Binary’ (Live at WFUV)wfuv.org • Follow @wfuv: ow.ly Ani DiFranco performs "Binary" live in Studio A. Recorded 11.10.16. Host: Alisa AliAudio: Kate FitzSimonsCameras: Sarah Burns, Monica Fafaul, Joanna LaPorte & Dan TuozzoliEditor: Joanna LaPorte & Dan Tuozzoli
Thanos
22 hours, 53 minutes ago
Views: 137 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Jeremy Messersmith - Little Blue World (Live at the Current for MPR’s 50th Anniversary) jeremy messersmith wrote this song to help us celebrate Minnesota Public Radio's (our parent organization) 50th Anniversary. He invited a big group of friends to help sing along, and even brought in the MPR Choir. Learn more about MPR's ...
Thanos
23 hours, 7 minutes ago
Views: 140 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
John Mayer - Moving on and Getting Over (Audio) John Mayer's song "Moving On and Getting Over" off 'The Search for Everything - Wave One' is available now: smarturl.it iTunes: smarturl.itSpotify: smarturl.itApple Music: smarturl.itAmazon Music: smarturl.itGoogle Play: smarturl.it Follow John MayerWebsite: johnmayer.comFacebook: facebook.comTwitter: @johnmayerInstagram: instagram.comTumblr: jhnmyr.tumblr.comSnapchat: snapchat.com vevo.ly ...
Thanos
23 hours, 11 minutes ago
Views: 138 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Message From President Bane …Shorter version of Trump's speech (relevant part starts around 2 mins 46 sec)
Not Approved By The MPAA
1 day, 1 hour ago
Views: 605 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
No BS! Brass Band on Audiotree Live (Full Session) (ARCHIVE RELEASE) No BS! Brass Band perform on Audiotree Live, August 26, 2013. Download the complete session and interview at: bit.ly YouTube Playlist: bit.ly Subscribe to Audiotreetv: bit.ly Watch more sessions, music videos, and live performances at: audiotree.tv Visit ...
Thanos
1 day, 3 hours ago
Views: 663 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Devil’s Food White-Out Cake Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients For the cake: 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup (packed) light ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 3 hours ago
Views: 816 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 6
Comments: 0
: 6
Resistance Manual Action begins with information. There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who support Donald Trump's ideology of fear and hate. Together, we can harness the collective power of the people to resist the ...
Unshaken Defiance
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 553 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Titan Touchdown On Jan. 14, 2005, ESA's Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn's hazy moon, Titan. Carried to Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Huygens made the most distant landing ever on another world, and the only landing ...
Thanos
1 day, 8 hours ago
Views: 370 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Larsen Ice Crack Continues to Open Up The rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf has grown a further 10km since 1 January. If the rift propagates just 20km more, it will free a tabular berg one-quarter the size of Wales. That would make it one ...
Thanos
1 day, 18 hours ago
Views: 405 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0