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Did the Post Find A Mole?

All right, I just don't have the time or energy for reporting this, so I'm going to spill the scuttlebutt I'm hearing from the Palm Beach Post, which I've been holding for a couple of weeks with hopes that I would flesh it out. But that's not going to happen, so here goes.

What I've heard is that Post investigative reporter Tony Doris was working on some super-secret story. I don't know what it was. Then Channel 25 scooped Doris on aforementioned super-secret story. Then some folks at the Post got paranoid, believing there was a mole

in their own newsroom.

Okay, so far, that's not really news. But here's where it gets a little crazy: The Post pulled phone records on all the reporters sitting in the vicinity of the building where Doris sits to try to find the traitorious leaker.

I don't know if they found what they were looking for or not. In fact, it may not have actually happened. But if it did, I'm trying to figure out what I think about it. Is it okay for an employer to snoop on employees to see who they are calling from their work phones? I suppose it is, but it's still a little unsettling.

But the tale of backstabbing, eavesdropping, and spying, if true, says a lot more about the nature of the Post newsroom these days than it does about corporate ethics.