Information from party operatives is something ABC News knows firsthand. During the 2004 presidential race, Republican operatives provided ABC News and the New York Times with this 33-year-old videotape of Democratic candidate John Kerry, talking of giving back his Vietnam medals, something he had denied on the campaign trail.
After verifying the authenticity of the tape and the context, ABC News broadcast the tape without saying how it had gotten it as part of the deal with ABC News' source. A suspicious and angry Kerry accused us, correctly, of using Republican material. (ABC News)