Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
reply to post by ipsedixit
I am surprised. You seem to be acknowledging that the tape could exist and it could be a liability to Ford even if it is not revealed to the
It could exist. It could be an accurate record of things Mr. Ford would rather have kept secret. It could exist but be a fraud or hoax. I think it is
likely, considering more than one reporter was involved, that a video exists and is either a true record of events or a fraudulent representation of
events which did not take place.
Is it not better that the Star brought this forward when they did, than it be an unknown quantity that exerts influence upon Ford without the
public having an inkling?
If the "video" is a fraud, Mr. Ford could hardly have been expected to respond any differently than he did, which was basically to deny the existence
of a video showing him consuming an illegal commodity. If he truly did not consume an illegal commodity, then logically, to him, there could be no
such video in existence.
The Star has made much of this video without producing the video. I think that is where they went wrong.
Publishing an allegation made by gawker.com
is one thing. Corroborating gawker's story is another thing. Dredging up the Ford family's past is
still another thing. Finding the Mayor guilty on "historical" evidence and betting odds is going too far in my opinion. Creating a media circus is
also going too far.
The Mayor denied the allegations. He is innocent until proven guilty. Where's the beef?
The police are looking into the situation. Let's get down to business at City hall.
"Unknown quantities" are constantly attempting to exert influence on politicians. The Star knew about the video allegations some time ago. They did
not publish, but you can be sure they were watching. The Star only published because gawker did, but the current media frenzy in Toronto has been led
by the Star.
Ford will step down or be ousted. Bet you a beer.
In my fantasy worst case scenario, above, he motors on. In the best case scenario, no video or fraudulent video, he motors on. I think he will weather
this storm and will be re-elected to a second term.
When Miller left office an Ipsos-Reid poll said that 8 out of 10 Torontonians wanted him gone. I think that if Ford plays his cards close to right
(admittedly a tall order), he is still electable.
The Star's antipathy to Ford goes back to the time he was elected. In the scheme of things in Toronto, I believe it was the Star's appointed job to
overturn Ford's applecart. They failed to do so. They have been trying to make up for it ever since. Even now, they think they have Ford on the ropes.
They are reverting to form and prominently disparaging an entity they call "Ford Nation". They are beginning to pick up on the tactic they used during
the last election campaign, when they called Ford's campaign the "angry man campaign", as if it only appealed to marginalized crackpots.
The Star is way out of line. If they take that approach during the next election when they oppose Ford again and try to elect another "snuggerbugger"
from Toronto's left-lib establishment, they are going to get their second bloody nose.
Torontonians have a perception that City Hall finances are in need of a more controlling hand. They want the fat cut out. They don't want more taxes
if they can be avoided. They are not enemies of the car.
Yes, they want a green city. Yes they want a pedestrian and cyclist friendly city, but this is the big city. It has to work for everyone, particularly
for commerce. It is not a national park.
edit on 30-5-2013 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)