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.