reply to post by boncho
Time will tell. The person arrested has the surname Zekarias, which is not necessarily Somali.
This story (the subject of the thread) is odd in that a leading paper, The Toronto Star
seems to have been led into publishing something that
they would not have published, the alleged "illegal commodity" smoking incident involving Toronto's Mayor, in response to a story broken on a
"tabloid" style website, gawker.com
When you go to gawker, not only do you find out all kinds of things about the Ford family of the 1980s but you are treated to the assumption
that Canada has a "national crack smoking habit".
Gawker is a "tab".
Hollywood celebrities have outlined the modus operandi of tabloids very clearly. It is alleged that they routinely make up stories out of whole cloth,
elaborate them to the point of forcing a celebrity to deny them and threaten to sue unless the story is withdrawn, at which point the tabloid
protests, withdraws and apologizes. All of which makes up a "story cycle" designed to guarantee sales
at the news stand or traffic on the
Only God and the tabloids create something out of nothing.
The Toronto Star, like a teenager demonstrating his peenie to his girlfriend for the very first time, shot its load prematurely, prompted by the very
questionable editorial impulses of a tabloid website and are now locked into the tabloid "story cycle".
Editors at the Star would appear to have "blown it".
Routine editorial discretion in force at the Star, professional caution actually, common sense prudence that had been withholding publication of this
story until the crucial piece of evidence, the actual video of the Mayor consuming an illegal commodity came into the Star's possession, was tossed
out the window because some tabloid was running another blazing rumour that happened to overlap the as yet only "potential" story the Star was
investigating and withholding, as any truly professional, legitimate newspaper would.
If they don't get this video and if the video does not show what the Star says it shows, then a very important news outlet in Toronto can no longer be
I would have more confidence in the Star's story and am amazed that Star editors did not insist that the reporters who say they saw the video produce
a screenshot of the Mayor with an illegal commodity smoking implement in his mouth
, rather than one of him standing around at a private party
looking "overly refreshed", as David Letterman would comically put it.
Is it time for an editorial "sit down" at the Star with the publisher, for a reminder of just where the foul lines are on the playing field?
As of last update on gawker
, the video purchasing fund is up to $145,000.00 and confidence at the tabloid website is beginning to sag.
If you are considering contributing, you should be aware that our confidence that we can get a deal done has, on account of the foregoing,
diminished since we came up with this idea. This doesn't mean that it won't happen, or that we won't get a call in ten minutes, or that the
publication of this post won't spur the owner of the video to reach out and re-affirm his interest in selling it. But this is where we are
edit on 28-5-2013 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)