Gawker is planning to go after a governor and the head of Fox News in court on Monday, The New York Times' Brian Stelter reports. Gawker, the company, and its reporter John Cook are filing a civil suit against Chris Christie's office in order to obtain any communications the New Jersey Governor might have had Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News. The origin of the case began in a New York profile of Ailes where it's reported that Ailes called Gov. Christie and tried to convince him to run for president in 2012. Cook made a request to Christie's office for the communication between the two after reading the profile, but he was denied.
Cook's takeaway from the denial of information from Christie's office was that it branded Ailes as a confidential advisor. The new lawsuit, regardless of outcome, will be a success for Cook. If he wins, he exposes the emails between the head of Fox News and a prominent GOP governor. If he loses, he establishes that the head of "fair and balanced" Fox News is also acting as a confidential advisor to a prominent GOP governor. He walks away unscathed, and with a great story, no matter what side of the coin comes up.