Tom and Brad have plenty of inside information but it always helps a story when you do the FOIA requests to get actual proof. Look at Tom's work on UND joining the Summit/MVFC. He had an inside scoop, did an FOIA request and sure enough, he now has the proof he needed to write more than just a story with invisible sources.
For a week, Brad held off on publishing the biggest NCHC story of the year because he didn't want to get his sources in an awkward position.
They both have a lot of inside information, they just don't send out every little thing.