Fox News Mole: Conservatives are Blackballed in the News Industry
It is almost common knowledge that at national, mainstream news organizations, reporters are overwhelmingly liberal. As several surveys show, in a typical presidential election at least 85% of the newsroom will vote for the Democrat. Further, the surveys are probably understating the true figure. For a number of reasons, the true number, as I discuss in my book, is probably more like 95% or higher.
Conservative critics are quick to suggest that this is evidence that conservatives are being excluded from the newsroom--that news executives and producers discriminate against conservatives when they hire reporters. I've been reluctant to believe that. Instead, I've suggested that the main culprit is self selection--that conservatives are generally choosing not to pursue careers in journalism.
However, Joe Muto, the "Fox News Mole," suggests that I'm wrong. In an interview with Howard Kurtz yesterday, Muto, a self-proclaimed liberal said that managers at the non-Fox cable news outlets actively discriminate against conservatives.
Specifically, Kurtz asked him, "If you felt so uncomfortable with your situation at Fox News, why stay there and draw a paycheck for eight years?"
You know, I tried to leave many times. I sent out dozens and dozens of resumes. I think CNN must have gotten twenty resumes from me. And the truth of the matter is I was blackballed within the industry, that people… hiring managers see Fox News on your resumé and say, ‘This guy’s a conservative. This guy’s a nut. We don’t want him in our organization.’ I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry.
While part of me wants to believe Muto's blackballing claims, another part reminds me that he does not appear to be a very honest person. Besides his entire scheme to deceive his employer, he did not strike me as very honest in his interview. Note that he persists in putting forth the meme that top executives at Fox direct reporters to report in a conservative fashion. Yet when he discusses that meme, he only speaks in broad generalities and unsupported claims. He never gives any details that he learned as an insider at Fox that might support those claims. I suspect that he really didn't see any evidence of his general claims when he was at Fox. Those general claims are often repeated by the far left. His motivation for repeating those claims, I suspect, are simply to ingratiate himself with the far left. As Howard Kurtz suggested in the interview, one reason might be to obtain a book deal. Another is that he now needs to find another job.