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Gawker Investigating Relationship Between Fox News And Chris Christie

Reported by Ellen - July 25, 2011 -

In shades of the News Corp. scandal in Britain - not the phone-hacking part but the eyebrow-raising-coziness-with-elected-officials part - Gawker is going to court in order to obtain and review records of communications between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Fox News chief Roger Ailes. Gawker's John Cook previously requested those records after a New York Magazine article reported that Ailes "encouraged (Christie) to jump into the race" for president. Christie has refused to release those records, citing "executive privilege." Cook has not unreasonably concluded that this implies Ailes has in fact served as some kind of confidential advisor to Christie.

The New York Times reports today:

The lawsuit to be filed on Monday states, “A strong public interest exists in knowing whether the executive in charge of the nation’s most-watched cable news channel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate.”

At the time that (Cook's) records request was rejected, Mr. Ailes told Gawker through a representative, “Whatever the governor wants to do is his business.”

...Through the lawsuit, Mr. Cook hopes to either obtain the records of contacts between the two men, or, alternatively, to have Mr. Christie’s office explain to a judge why each of the records is confidential. “That,” he said, “would be, in and of itself, a newsworthy outcome.”

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