Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Makes It Really, Really Hard To Feel Bad For Him

From the Toronto Star:

Mayor Rob Ford unequivocally says there is no video that shows him using crack cocaine.

Asked by a caller to his Sunday radio show whether it is indeed him in the video described by the Star and the U.S. website Gawker, Ford laughed and responded, “Number 1, there’s no video, so that’s all I can say. You can’t comment on something that doesn’t exist.”

Ford firmly called the reports “false,” a word that did not appear in his Friday speech at City Hall. In that speech, he said, “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.”

Many city councillors and political pundits were unsatisfied with the speech, urging Ford to address the reports more thoroughly. Ford suggested Sunday that he believes he has said enough.

“No matter what you say, I found out, to the media, you’re never going to make them happy. You can give them 10 bars of gold and they’re going to want — why don’t I give 15 bars of gold? Well, you know what, folks, that’s the media that we have, unfortunately,” he said.

Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother and co-host, said 80 per cent of journalists are “nasty son-of-a-guns.” Rob Ford interjected: “Bunch of maggots.” After a brief pause, he added, “Sorry, maybe I shouldn’t have said that.”

Doug Ford later asked listeners to contact him with any personal information about members of the media. He accused unnamed reporters of using cocaine themselves.

“Maggots”, eh? So! Whose word do we take?  The journalists and media outlets that can be sued if they get their facts wrong or the angry politician with a documented history of lying whose biggest supporter is his anti-drug crusader brother who allegedly sold drugs in the ’80s*? Tough call.

But oddly enough, the nagging shard of guilt I had over being in a When Will Rob Ford Resign? pool has completely vanished.


*And how come a guy like me who takes an occasional puff on someone else’s joint maybe once every six months, and who has never used hash and never sold drugs, is in favour of legalization, while Doug Ford, who was allegedly once a middle-level drug dealer, is opposed? I have theories; feel free to share yours below.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

17 thoughts on “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Makes It Really, Really Hard To Feel Bad For Him”

  1. Have no doubt that the allegations against Doug Ford are false but even if they are true what is the big deal. A friend was a dope dealer and youth offender 25 years ago went on the straight and narrow and now is a family man who runs his own construction company why should he as a productive citizen have to answer for dumb ass behavior he did when he was 15. The same progressives who introduced the section in the YOA to wipe out a young persons criminal record at 18 do not want to extend the same second chance to Doug Ford. What a bunch of effing hypocrites

  2. Thanks for the comment, Brian. Most wouldn’t share your confidence that the Globe’s four page feature is false (did you read it? You should, it’s a good read. It’s as solid an investigative report with unnamed whistle-blowers who fear reprisals can be).

    Also, Doug Ford was allegedly selling drugs into his 20s, not (just) as a 15 year old, but that’s a quibble.

    Here’s why it matters: first, we may well have two “tough on crime” hypocrites here who want to be treated differently than they would have society treat others in similar situations. You think the Fords are soft on dealers? You think they’re generous, forgiving people? Not likely.

    Second and more important, they appear to be a pair of epic liars of a magnitude so alarming they need to be removed from office for the public good.

    Third and most important, they’re just really nasty, hatred-filled people who believe, say and do terrible, ignorant things, so as much as I hate seeing their careers destroyed by allegations of drug dealing/use–something that I agree with you is not necessarily a big deal, especially since hash should be legal and crack addiction should be a health problem, not a criminal one–fuck ’em.

    The Ford brothers have shown themselves to be thugs who value ideology over facts and Toronto will be better off when they’re gone.

    The entertainment value of this aside. That part’s been good.

  3. I am no fan of either Ford but I remember a few weeks ago when progressives were screaming outrage at cyber bullying due to the two suicides of teens Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons. Unless the charges against the Fords are proved all you have is lies,rumours and false allegations which is the definition of cyber bullying. I am sorry but a missing video, a picture of Rob Ford with two black men and quotes from unknown sources hardly gives the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail credibility. Secondly the two newspapers do not elect Rob Ford the people of Toronto whether he stays or goes is their decision and all the whining in the press or social media will not change that absolute.

  4. Thanks again for the comment. Two Toronto Star reporters and Gawker’s editor have described seeing a video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The Globe and Mail spent 18 months researching their story on Doug Ford. I think it’s extremely unlikely anyone reporting on either story is lying. The Ford’s dismissal of media coverage reeks of dishonesty and self-interest.

    I also agree with the commentators who have noted in other threads that it seems wrongheaded and offensive to suggest that recent media coverage of Rob Ford, a public figure who holds elected office, is somehow equivalent to cyberbullying.

    It will be extremely interesting to see what happens next. This is a fascinating situation. Plus I’ve got money riding on Rob Ford getting arrested.

  5. My theory is they’re patsies for even more criminal families looking to make inroads into public office. Of course it was easy to throw up Doug & the Slug as test dummies; now it’s like, the mob families who want in to non-partisan big city municipal politics can learn how to avoid being caught 1. stupid; 2. moronic; 3. as epic liars; 4. as toxic, terrible public servants; and 5. as belligerent motherf*ckers who couldn’t charm an earth worm. Now that Dumb & Dumber have laid the groundwork, found the weaknesses and found the strengths, the real thugs can start grooming their candidates maybe.

  6. First things first! Get that damn video and officially verify that it is indeed Mayor Ford doing crack in that video because the way it stands now, the questionable seller(s) of the video aren’t around anymore. All of this speculation becomes unnecessary drama and stress.

    No video = Ford has credibility on his side and both the T. Star and Gawker look bad.
    Then Ford can legally go after both of them to retract their news statements about him.
    So provide the damn video proof already.

    I agree with Barb’s opinion on Mel Lastman.

  7. Brian Mouland: Give it up, dude. It’s not “just” progressives going after Rob Ford. It’s Sun News, it’s the middle class, it’s the whole entire silent majority. He’s a fool, he f*cked, and he’s finished. This is not a prog-left vs. ahole-right issue; this is your mom and dad telling Rob Ford to stop embarrassing the country.

  8. The more pressing questions should be: Is that Rob Ford with his arms around a since-murdered drug dealer? If so, the next question should be: WTF?

    Why the Fords will never sue Gawker, the Star or the G+M: discovery.

  9. You know, there really needs to be a point where human decency trumps one’s attempts to win the debate. To compare the Fords’ current situation to the ordeals of two teenage gang rape victims, one of whom was emotionally abused to death, for having the audacity to be raped, is cotemptible beyond description.

    Congratulations, Brian. You “win.”

  10. Sorry Talbort Fresh but writing a story that just contains allegations ,rumours and quoting unknown sources is just lazy and vindictive journalism. Bottom line the only people who actually have a sake in the game are the people of Toronto. They hired Rob Ford at the ballot box and can feel free to fire him in the same matter. So pc by your comment you acknowledge that cyber bullying can be selective that is much more contempitable

  11. Tell you what, Brian. If Rob or Doug Ford get gang raped, I promise not to bully them for it. But I’m not sure why you’re still arguing with me. You “win,” remember?

  12. My point pc is bullying is bullying regardless of degree . When I was in junior high school I weighed 350 pounds and limped. I was not beat up , not raped but taunted for hours every day by the same group of jerks and usually ended up crying alone for four hours every evening. How must the children of Rob and Doug feel reading that Daddy is a hash dealer,Daddy smokes cracks,Daddy had people killed. A bully is a bully is a bully.

  13. Yes, bullying is bullying. But you’ve essentially stripped the term of any meaning. Setting aside the latest allegations, their behaviour and attitude toward the citizens of Toronto have been appalling. Reading while behind the wheel of one’s Escalade, for example, demonstrates–at best–a callous disregard for the safety of other people. The hockey game incident? Completely unacceptable behaviour for anyone, never mind a public figure.

    There are plenty of people out there who could use a vigorous defence against cyber bullying. Rob and Doug Ford are not those people, for the simple fact that they are not being bullied, in any meaningful sense of the term.

    As for the kids, I’d be more concerned that their daddy/uncle has been photographed with his arms around a known drug dealer, who has since been murdered, than by the criticisms of strangers on the internet.

    The Fords are victims only of their own devices. If, as they assert, they are being defamed, they will have no trouble proving their case in court. They certainly have the financial means to initiate a Statement of Claim. I won’t hold my breath.

  14. Sorry pc but here is my problem polls today indicate Rob Ford lost no popularity in his approval rating with Toronto voters despite the scandal. Did Bill Clinton become less of a president after he had the affair with Lewinski did Jack Layton become less of a leader when he got caught in a massage parlour. Fact is if Ford is keeping his promises to voters and making things better for taxpayers in Toronto I don’t know if many care what he does on his off hours.

  15. You’ve just moved the goalposts and added a dash of “argumentum ad populum” to the mix. So you know.

    However, to answer your question: yes and yes. But then I expect the very best from those who presume to lead us. I have a scrap of parchment on my office wall. It holds me to a standard that only men like Mark Towhey will appreciate, a standard that venal fools like the Fords can never hope to understand, much less appreciate.

    I loathe corruptible politicians, regardless of the colour of their rosettes. Look at our elected representatives–at every level, regardless of affiliation–and ask yourself, in all honesty, is this the best we can do? Lord help us, if it is.

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