Joe Muto, a former producer on the O’Reilly Factor who wrote anonymous posts for Gawker about Fox News until he was nabbed and fired from the network, pled guilty yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court to two misdemeanor charges–attempted unlawful duplication of computer related material and attempted criminal possession of computer-related material.
As part of his plea deal, Mr. Muto was fined $1,000, agreed to give his $5,000 Gawker fee to Reel Works, a free filmmaking project for New York teens, and sentenced to 10 days and an additional 200 hours of community service.
The Santa Clause
For all their talk about how “confusing” it is for children to see gay characters on television (lest they grow up thinking that was normal), Fox & Friends had no qualms about bringing a very busy Santa Claus all the way down from the North Pole to explain why the liberal media is waging a war against Christmas.
Which just makes you wonder … who is this shtick for? (Besides Brian Kilmeade, of course.)
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The Simpsons, the venerable Fox network animated series, made light of Karl Rove’s election night antics–attempting to un-call a decisively won election for President Obama–with an animated “chalkboard joke” at the beginning of last night’s episode. It reads “I will not concede the election till Karl Rove gives me permission”–a lesson Megyn Kelly et al. seem to have literally taken to heart for a time last Tuesday.
Tonight we bring you breaking news from 200 Central Park South, where a certain Fox News personality has purchased a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath co-op. Go to live shot: We’re standing outside this 35-story tower famous for its wrap-around balconies and views of Central Park, which news correspondent and Fox & Friends First host Julie Banderas will enjoy from her apartment on a high-level floor.
Update: Although the sale only hit city records yesterday, a source tells us that Ms. Banderas purchased the unit some time ago. Additionally, the purchase price listed in the original story was incorrect. We regret the error.
Yes, according to city records, Ms. Banderas has purchased the unit for $2.38 million under her birth/married name, Julie Bidwell Sansome. Unlike some Fox & Friends personalities, Ms. Banderas has indicated with this most recent buy, that she is not quite ready for the suburbs yet. Moreover, she hails from Farmington, Conn., so perhaps her escape from the Nutmeg state is still fresh in Ms. Banderas’ mind.
“You know, you wait for the end of these things, and then you worry about how they may end,” Shepard Smith told viewers today while showing live coverage of an Arizona car chase in which a carjacker was trying to outrun the authorities. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith didn’t know how right he was about to be.
The host was running commentary on the suspect’s erratic behavior as he stumbled from the car, noting “It’s always possible guy could be on something.”
After running into tall grass, the man took out a gun and shot himself, too quickly for Fox to pull the plug on the rolling live footage.
Warning: The video below is graphic and disturbing.
At a recent party to toast the one-year anniversary of MSNBC’s 6 p.m. hour, one of the news net’s on-air personalities offered up a confession. “I don’t know if I would have brought Al Sharpton on to do a show!” he told the assembled guests.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes is trying to get that paper. Elsewhere in News Corp, two locals go all Benedict Arnold on a certain tablet newspaper and a certain tabloid newspaper. What’s it like to get an employee evaluation at Reuters? How’s that whole Media-and-Race thing going? All that and more in your Thursday Evening Media Briefs.
Well, at least she can’t claim it was a liberal news bias this time: Fox News contributor Sarah Palin took to Facebook today to kvetch about being bumped from the interviews (plural?) she was slated to give tonight about her BFF, John McCain. Whose birthday it is, apparently.
It’s odd to see chain-email forwards in 2012; they seem like a relic of the late ’90s, when email was still the best way to share information with a mass of people one knew (as opposed to, say, Facebook in 2012). More often than not, they seemed intent on propagating something, whether it was a belief, a superstition or an awful joke that parents find funny.
We found ourselves on the receiving end of one today, however, that struck a chord of curiosity from one person who sent it on.
Is the viewership of the Fox News Network really so delicate that they must be shielded from an exclamatory remark invoking the name of a guy worshipped by a decent-sized slice of the human population?