CTV’s Fife refuses to cooperate with RCMP on Duffy investigation

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CTV’s Robert Fife is using the adage that a reporter’s sources are sanctum when it comes to giving information to the police by keeping his anonymous source used for his Senator Mike Duffy/Nigel Wright cheque writing stories secret:

That alleged email is from Feb. 20 and reportedly outlines how Wright agreed he would give Duffy about $90,000, and in exchange a Senate committee would go easy on the senator when it wrote its final report on his inappropriate expense claims. CTV didn’t provide the RCMP with a copy of the email, apparently in order to protect Fife’s sources.

Fife declined comment. “As a matter of course, I don’t do interviews on my journalism,” he wrote in a short email.

There is one gaping hole though in Fife hiding behind this journalistic shield:

According to the court document, Fife told [RCMP’s] Horton that “it was his understanding that there is a written letter of understanding.” Horton wrote that Fife said “he has not been able to verify that, does not know where it is, and has not seen it.” (see here)

Think about that – Fife admitted to the RCMP that he ran this story based on a document that he never even saw.

The days of Woodward and Bernstein are now officially gone with the public exposure that CTV’s top reporter will no longer corroborate anonymous sources.


12 Responses to “CTV’s Fife refuses to cooperate with RCMP on Duffy investigation”

  1. Liz J Says:

    So Fife has suddenly become lost for words?

  2. beachdude Says:

    So Mr. Fife has two options,to come clean with his source, produce the actual email/document that he never seen just reported as factual or become part of the investigation due to “with-holding evidence in an investigation”. Now to me it can be fair to ask if he doesn’t have any actual evidence; Was Mr. Fife just trying to get a headline and ratings to enhance his own position?

  3. Stan Says:

    Or something like that…..

  4. Liz J Says:

    So does this mean a reporter can raise suspicions or sully someone’s reputation just by quoting unnamed sources and be protected from investigation or litigation? If this is the case people who serve the public politically at any level can be ruined by this sort of crap journalism. Rob Ford is another glaring example of dirty work by the media maggots.

  5. Fat Tony Says:

    Fife the knife

  6. paulsstuff Says:

    I think beachdude has it correct and this could be the proper ending to Fife’s political career. He does not need to release his source to the public but I’d bet he had no source to begin with. If that’s the case I hope the RCMP out him for the phoney knuckledragging hater he really is. Pass the popcorn.

  7. andycanuck Says:

    Come on. He saw it on a crack pusher’s cell phone.

  8. Thucydides Says:

    So in other words, he just made it up.

    Just like all the other faux “scandals” raised against the governing party, and who knows what else, in order to advance a “narrative” rather than present the facts…

  9. Jen Says:



    yep, I firmly that 90 thousands dollars is more than LIBERAL Marc Harbs own 231 thousands of dollars.

  10. CTV’s Fife lying about Senator’s emails? | BC Blue: One BC Conservative's view on it all... Says:

    […] Notice the operative words there “seen by Fife” because Olsen is denying her involvement: Ms. Stewart Olsen denies the CTV report, saying she spoke with Mr. Wright often in the course of her duties, but was never told about any repayment plan. “I deny that I knew anything about Nigel Wright paying Mike Duffy $90,000,” Ms. Stewart Olsen told The Globe Tuesday. Mr. Tkachuk has also said that he spoke with Mr. Wright, but didn’t know about the deal to write a cheque to Mr. Duffy. The CTV report, citing emails it did not publish (see here behind Globe paywall) So, here we have yet another example of how Fife operates – publishes stories without showing any proof. Also: For more stories in which Fife did this as well, see here, here, here, here and here […]

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