Gov. Christie Claims Fox News Chief Roger Ailes As ‘Confidential Adviser’
Another day, another sign that Fox News is the media arm of the Republican Party. Gawker has discovered that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has a very interesting “confidential adviser” — Fox chairman Roger Ailes. The reason why Christie is designating Ailes as an “adviser?” So their communications can remain secret.
The office of Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is claiming that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is a confidential adviser whose interactions with the governor should remain secret under New Jersey’s executive privilege.
Last month, after New York magazine reported that Ailes met with Christie last summer and called him this year to urge him to run for president, Gawker filed a request under New Jersey’s Open Records Act seeking any correspondence between the two men, as well as any records of meetings or phone calls with Ailes from Christie’s schedule or call logs.
Last week we received a rather surprising response: While declining to confirm the existence of any such records, Christie’s office said they “would be exempt from disclosure…based upon the executive privilege and well-settled case law.” In other words, Christie’s staff refused to search for any records—which, given the undisputed reports of a dinner and phone call, almost certainly exist—on the basis that Ailes is a confidential adviser whose comments should be shielded from public scrutiny.