In 2012, the website Gawker (most recently in the news for the Hulk Hogan sex tape) began running a column called "The Fox Mole," written by an anonymous Fox News employee.
Eventually that employee was revealed to be Joe Muto, who plead guilty yesterday to two misdemeanor charges and was orderd to give the money Gawker paid him to charity and to community service. Fox News reported the verdict.
Muto found himself in hot water when he leaked video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talking to Fox News' Sean Hannity.
"My asinine behavior of the past 13 months notwithstanding, I'm actually a relatively mild-mannered person and never would have embarked on this path if I suspected it was going to end with me walking into that courtroom handcuffed and belt-less," he said.
When Muto was revealed, he was fired by Fox News. However, he turned that into a book deal with Dutton in the low six-figures. The book is titled An Atheist in the Foxhole and will be released next month. It is being promoted as "a liberal's eight-year odyssey inside the heart of right-wing media."
"I'm totally concentrating on selling the s--t out of this book for the time being," he added. "Writing is something I love to do, and something I think I'm good at, and I'd be thrilled to be able to do it for a living. But one project at a time."
While Fox News probably does not love Muto much these days, he was impressed by its coverage of his trial.
"Fair AND accurate," he said. "Much more so than a lot of other news aggregator sites and blogs that got basic details wrong when reporting the story today. ... Shoe leather reporting is so basic, but so, so rare these days."