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.

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  1. Profile photo of James Of England Moderator

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:01 am
  2. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    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!

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:07 am
  3. Profile photo of Frozen Chosen Thatcher

    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….

    • #3
    • April 11, 2012 at 4:07 am
  4. Profile photo of Mendel Member
    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!

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:10 am
  5. Profile photo of Pat Sajak Contributor
    …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!

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:10 am
  6. Profile photo of C. U. Douglas Thatcher

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:17 am
  7. Profile photo of Maura Pennington Inactive

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:34 am
  8. Profile photo of Jordan Member

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:35 am
  9. Profile photo of Southern Pessimist Member

    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?

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:52 am
  10. Profile photo of ctlaw Thatcher
    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:52 am
  11. Profile photo of Peter Robinson Founder
    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?

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:52 am
  12. Profile photo of Amy Schley Member
    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)

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:54 am
  13. Profile photo of Ajax von Kaiserpenguin Inactive
    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 4:55 am
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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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:01 am
  15. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    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?

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:02 am
  16. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:09 am
  17. Profile photo of Von Clausewitz Inactive
    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.
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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:15 am
  18. Profile photo of Southern Pessimist Member

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:15 am
  19. Profile photo of Amy Schley Member

    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.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:21 am
  20. Profile photo of EJHill Member

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

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:21 am
  21. Profile photo of Mark Wilson Member

    But Diane, he was just so…Republican…when did all of it. Ick.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:31 am
  22. Profile photo of Roberto Inactive
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: 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. · 2 hours ago

    That’s it, Romney’s done. Americans will never vote for a man who rides horses, no what we want is a good cyclist.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:36 am
  23. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    I agree, Diane. That “explosive video” made me dislike Romney less. If this is the scandal that Fox News Mole leads with, I’m a bit disappointed. I would figure that any intern at any cable outlet should be able to dig up much, much, much better stuff than this.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:37 am
  24. Profile photo of James Of England Moderator
    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) · 27 minutes ago

    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. · 6 minutes ago

    Anne fell while riding in Montana in ’08. It was a problem. Finding something that worked, though, in defeating the MS/ Breast Cancer combo, was not easy. Once you’ve found your cure, it’s worth sticking with what works. While riding is dangerous, dressage is not the most dangerous form.

    It’s true that the horse costs money, but while there are some expenditures that people object to, fighting MS is pretty safe.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:38 am
  25. Profile photo of St. Salieri / Eric Cook Member

    With a person in my life who is very close and beloved with MS, horse back riding was recommended as well as swimming, in the very early stages, as an excellant source of therapy. Slow pleasure riding of course, not steeple chases mind you, was what was called for and just being around these intelligent (if occasionally willful) animals is very therapeutic. As the disease progressed it became too dangerous to continue, but the bonds formed with the animals was and is a very great palliative that has continued for years and years even though walking is now dangerous for this person.

    Amy Schley

    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) 

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:40 am
  26. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    Open mics are the biggest danger in broadcasting but only to Republicans. At the major broadcast nets the techs are unionized and they are not going to turn on a Democrat. (See Noonan, Peggy and Murphy, Mike)

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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:42 am
  27. Profile photo of St. Salieri / Eric Cook Member

    Agreed, I have not been drawn to Romney, in fact I’ve never cared for him, as a politician or as a man (as far as one can judge a public figure, I do not think him evil, just not appealing) and have only begrudgingly thought of supporting him as a necessary evil; but these recent more personal moments make me warm to him. Also seeing Santorum out today, I see no reason not to put all our efforts going forward to toward defeating Obama and holding Romney’s feet to the fire.

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I agree, Diane. That “explosive video” made me dislike Romney less. If this is the scandal that Fox News Mole leads with, I’m a bit disappointed. I would figure that any intern at any cable outlet should be able to dig up much, much, much better stuff than this. · 3 minutes ago
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    • April 11, 2012 at 5:47 am
  28. Profile photo of sawatdeeka Member

    The Gawker article reminded me of the passages in Eustace’s diary from Voyage of the Dawn Treader: the speaker’s plaintive POV tells you more about the speaker than it does his subject.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 6:01 am
  29. Profile photo of Ethan, College Conservative Inactive

    The inherent elitism and snootiness of golf is NOTHING compared to competitive horseback riding.

    That was from the original article.

    We’re more than 15 trillion dollars in debt and this is what liberals are talking about? And to be honest, I wish that President Obama would golf all day, every day.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 6:03 am
  30. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    Wow. Seems like a pro-Romney double-secret agent at work. Good job Gawker!

    I guess there are DEMSM dog whistles of a frequency inaudible to all of us here? It’s like a version of the Emperor’s New Clothes, or something.

    PS: A year before he announced he was running, I sent an e-mail to Romney’s PAC, Free+Strong America expressing interest in volunteering. A few weeks later, I got a 617 area code cell phone call. When I answered it, it was Romney’s car–unlikely a limo on its way to the first stop on his book tour. Romney’s assistant was asking if I could find some dinner for Mr and Mrs. Romney to deliver to the book appearance. In other words, this guy is about as down-to-earth as one can be in his position.

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    • April 11, 2012 at 6:07 am
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