Chris Christie Claims Fox News Honcho Roger Ailes is Confidential Adviser

Gawker breaks the story that union-busting, climate-change-denying, small-government-loving New Jersey governor Chris Christie refused to release emails between himself and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, claiming executive privilege. 

In other words, he claims that Ailes is a political adviser whose communications are confidential, and that he doesn't have to release them in response to Gawker's open records request. 

Gawker blogger John Cook writes:

It was obviously never a secret that Ailes, who spent most of his career as a communications guru to right-wing politicians, is still a communications guru to right-wing politicians. But it's strange to see it spelled out in writing.

Christie's office did not respond to questions about the nature of his communications with Ailes and whether the privilege should apply. Ailes said in a statement, "Whatever the Governor wants to do is his business."

More proof that Fox News is simply the media arm of the Republican party? Or is Christie simply gunning for another of those "contributor" spots, like fellow presidential someday-maybe-hopefuls Sarah Palin? Of course, he'll have to leave office first...

AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at June 17, 2011, 7:52am

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