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Why Getting "Fifed" By CTV Reporter Robert Fife Is The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You

Fife gotta Fife.

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CTV News Ottawa bureau chief Robert "Bob" Fife breaks news like you breakfast — every damn day.

Fife broke the news that Senator Mike Duffy received a cheque for $90,000 from Nigel Wright to cover questionable residency expenses he had claimed. Wright was at the time the chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The ongoing Duffy trial for fraud and other charges has raised more questions about that payment. Specifically who in the Prime Minister's Office knew that Wright was paying the money?

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One big question is whether Harper's current chief of staff, Ray Novak, knew about the cheque. Novak and the prime minister have always said he didn't.

But the court heard testimony that Novak was in the room when the payment was discussed. Evidence also shows he received an email from Wright that detailed the payment.

Novak has not testified or commented publicly on the new information.

Canadian politicos live in fear of getting Fifed.

If I was Ray Novak and I saw @RobertFife and a cameraman coming I would have just dropped to the ground and played dead. #elxn42

He has a reputation for relentless Fifing.

@_scottreid Although thinking about it, I'm pretty @RobertFife would just keep poking at your fauxcorpse until you gave up.

A representation of how Bob Fife would Fife someone who tried to avoid the Fifing by playing dead.

@_scottreid @kady @RobertFife I imagine it something like this

Conclusion: that fauxcorpose got FIFED.

Former PMO staffer Andrew MacDougall was Fifed many times when he was in the job, and he is still traumatized by the experience.

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"Nigel Wright could have emailed me the cure for cancer after I got evening-Fifed and I probably wouldn’t have noticed," MacDougall wrote in Maclean's.

Woodcock thought he had Fife beat by making a quick cut. But Fife spun around and shoved a second mic in his face with the other hand.

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That's a Double Mic Spin Fifing, and at least seven other journalists have blown out their knees trying to execute it.

  1. Who needs to get Fifed next?

    Stephen Harper, about when he found out that Nigel Wright was cutting a cheque for Mike Duffy.
    Drake, about whether he and Serena Williams are dating.
    Kory Teneycke, about why the press can't have unlimited questions at Harper campaign events.

Why Getting "Fifed" By CTV Reporter Robert Fife Is The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You

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    Stephen Harper, about when he found out that Nigel Wright was cutting a cheque for Mike Duffy.
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    Kory Teneycke, about why the press can't have unlimited questions at Harper campaign events.

Craig Silverman is Media Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

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