What a Liberal Mole Inside Fox News Discovered About Romney

Lefty news and gossip blog Gawker today introduced their newest hire: a current Fox News Channel employee who promises to dish the dirt about the goings-on within the Fox News empire.  The Fox Mole’s inaugural post at Gawker includes a video, which the Fox Mole estimates to be pretty darn embarrassing and which he proceeds to mock, of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity chatting casually before the taping of an interview at the Hannity Vegas Forum in February.

The thing is, the supposedly embarrassing video is really not that embarrassing—to either Romney or Hannity, that is. 

We learn that Romney and his wife Ann enjoy riding horses, and expensive horses at that, which the Fox Mole goes on to deride as an activity that only the most elite of the elitists partake in.  And who know?  Perhaps the discovery that the Romneys ride horses would be a turnoff to those who are still unfamiliar with the family’s great wealth.

Next, we learn that Team Romney stays in mid-priced accommodations when they’re on the road, rather than in luxury hotels.  Sean Hannity asks whether this is on account of the intense media scrutiny that the candidate’s expenses undergo.  Romney responds, “It’s not the scrutiny.  It’s…you know, you can spend your money on ads or you can spend it on hotel rooms. I’d rather spend it on ads.”  Oh, but how embarrassing it is to have a fiscally prudent candidate when we all know that real leaders are spendthrifts.

Finally, the Fox Mole discovers that Sean Hannity changes his tie midway through a two part interview in order to give the appearance that the two segments of the same interview were taped on different days.  The horror. (By the way –and I may get a stern talking-to from Peter Robinson for revealing this top secret information– on days when Peter records two Uncommon Knowledge interviews back to back, he changes his tie in between the tapings so that people don’t fall under the false impression that he only owns one tie.  I know, totally scandalous, right?)

Maybe I’m overlooking something very important in this video, but at the end of the candid two minute clip, I found myself liking Romney just a little bit better.

  1. James Of England

    The riding is therapy for Anne’s MS. I’m pretty sure that heavy attacks on that are likely to do poorly.

    The other attack that you don’t note is that Romney said that he wasn’t going to go Donald Trump with his tie. This is, I think, being spun as ingratitude to Trump, who had endorsed him that day. While it’s not as terrible an attack as the Romney’s support for Anne’s MS, I’m pretty sure that people won’t think it too hypocritical for Romney to praise Trump’s job creation record while not feeling that Trump’s fashion choices would work for Mitt.

    On the luxury hotels, attack, incidentally, there is a cottage industry criticizing him for staying in the Westgate in San Diego. Since my folks stayed there once, they really got a kick out of moveon.org describing it as “the lifestyle known only to billionaires and millionaires”. If you get the specials, as Mitt is notorious for doing, the rooms set you back about $100. Most of the time he’s staying at nice places, obviously, it’s for a fundraiser there, with bundled rooms.

  2. Pseudodionysius

    I’m beginning to think that this mole is the work of Roger Ailes himself and he’s feeding the guy material every day. If the mole keeps up at this rate, Mitt should be above 50% approval ratings without even opening his mouth.

    Go mole, go!

  3. Frozen Chosen

    Fire that campaign back up, Rick!  Don’t drop out, Newt, this thing’s wide open!  Once this tell-all secret clip hits the airwaves it’s all over for Mitt!

    Or maybe not….

  4. Mendel
    Diane Ellis, Ed.:

    Finally, the Fox Mole discovers that Sean Hannity changes his tie midway through a two part interview in order to give the appearance that the two segments of the same interview were taped on different days.  The horror.

    Gawker Exclusive: All the male commentators on Fox News wear makeup during tapings!  Those closeted homophobic hypocrites!

  5. Pat Sajak
    C
    …on days when Peter records two  Uncommon Knowledge  interviews back to back, he changes his tie in between the tapings so that people don’t fall under the false impression that he only owns one tie.  I know, totally scandalous, right?

    How about me? I tape six shows in one day. This Ricochet  multiple tie scandal is mushrooming!

  6. C. U. Douglas

    For the record:  I have more than one tie.  A couple are actually tasteful.

    Sounds to me like this is next to nothing, but those involved didn’t want to waste all that effort, so they are waving it around like it’s something.

  7. Maura Pennington
    C

    I love the parenthetical clarification at the end of the Gawker post: “Like most left-wingers, I abhor actual violence.”  Does this mean we can now attribute any personal preference to a political ideology?  Okay!  Like most people who don’t vote straight ticket, I prefer iceberg lettuce.

  8. Jordan Wiegand

    I’ll bet the lighting was professionally done as well to make Hannity and Romney look better.

    This guy says nothing requiring a mole to discover.  If this is the best he’s got after years at Fox news Gawker isn’t getting its money’s worth.

    I chuckled at his reasoning for not getting a different job.  Obviously its the fact that he’s “tainted” by Fox news, not that there are problems with either the other news organization’s business or his resume.

  9. Southern Pessimist

    Maura’s comment reminds me. Not only has Obama not done much for the rising of the seas but have you seen the price of arugula since he brought it up?

  10. ctlaw
    Jordan W: I chuckled at his reasoning for not getting a different job.  Obviously its the fact that he’s “tainted” by Fox news, not that there are problems with either the other news organization’s business or his resume. · 15 minutes ago

    It’s called the blacklist. I’m choking on the irony.

  11. Peter Robinson
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    Pat Sajak

    …on days when Peter records two  Uncommon Knowledge  interviews back to back, he changes his tie in between the tapings so that people don’t fall under the false impression that he only owns one tie.  I know, totally scandalous, right?

    How about me? I tape six shows in one day. This Ricochet  multiple tie scandal is mushrooming! · 35 minutes ago

    The difference between you and me, Pat–aside from your being an international celebrity with an audience in the millions, that is–is that you have Vanna.  When she’s wearing a new costume on every show, your necktie–well, it’s just not the first thing people notice, now, is it?

  12. Amy Schley
    James Of England: The riding is therapy for Anne’s MS. I’m pretty sure that heavy attacks on that are likely to do poorly.

    I’m not wanting to challenge our resident Romney expert, but in my experience riding (either English or Western) was rather physically demanding.  Is this a normal MS therapy, at least among those MS sufferers wealthy enough to own horses? (Latin name: Equinus broke-us)

  13. Ajax von Kaiserpenguin
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: Maybe I’m overlooking something very important in this video, but at the end of the candid two minute clip, I found myself liking Romney just a little bit better.

    If you can’t see how obviously damaging this video is, then you’ll be needing to report to your nearest Indoctrination Center for some re-education therapy, i.e. go back to school, and pay attention this time. 

    It’s people like you what make Fundamental Change so darned difficult.

  14. Pat Sajak
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    Peter Robinson

    The difference between you and me, Pat–aside from your being an international celebrity with an audience in the millions, that is–is that you have Vanna.  When she’s wearing a new costume on every show, your necktie–well, it’s just not the first thing people notice, now, is it? · 6 minutes ago

    You’re right, Peter. It’s generally my beautiful blue-green eyes.

  15. Dave Carter
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    Peter Robinson

    Pat Sajak

    …on days when Peter records two  Uncommon Knowledge  interviews back to back, he changes his tie in between the tapings so that people don’t fall under the false impression that he only owns one tie.  I know, totally scandalous, right?

    How about me? I tape six shows in one day. This Ricochet  multiple tie scandal is mushrooming! · 35 minutes ago

    The difference between you and me, Pat–aside from your being an international celebrity with an audience in the millions, that is–is that you have Vanna.  When she’s wearing a new costume on every show, your necktie–well, it’s just not the first thing people notice, now, is it? · 6 minutes ago

    Edited 5 minutes ago

    Hold up a sec.  Pat, you wear a tie?  

  16. tabula rasa

    If this is the worst the Dems will throw at us this year it could be easy. But they’ll save the really juicy stuff–e.g., Romney eats at Olive Garden, but secretly hates it–until later.

  17. Von Clausewitz
    Of course, this is all about quantity over quality. The louder the media bangs the drum of irrelevant crap the more desperate they sound but its the 4th quarter, on the one yard line. Why is the left  so shrill when they know they have unlimited downs to push it over the line? Because they are so close. Victory is in their grasp, to “fundamentally change this country.”   And they have.  We are in the most danger our country has seen since the Civil War. Not from idiot quotes or opinions, but from ignorant audiences and the silencing of the truth.

  18. Southern Pessimist

    To Amy’s question above, variations of balance training or therapy are essential for neurodegenerative diseases but she is right to question the benefits of the most dangerous sport in the world. Yep, it exceeds skiing, motorcyle racing and downhill mountain bike racing in serious injuries.

  19. Amy Schley

    Wow, SP, I didn’t realize it was *that* dangerous.

    Of course, a huge part is that instead balancing on a mindless piece of equipment, you’re trying to balance on a 1000 lb. animal with the brain of a five year old.

  20. EJHill

    Yeah, that horse riding thing is pretty damning… We wouldn’t want another president on horseback like we did in the 1980s…