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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.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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