Ford Brothers Blame Media, Channel Sarah Palin

Ford Brothers Blame Media, Channel Sarah PalinNow that Rob Ford and Doug Ford are both mired in controversy, most of it the result of solid investigative reporting by trustworthy journalists working for award-winning publications, it's clear their attack plan is to blame the media.

Rob Ford has twice dismissed the very serious crack smoking allegations against him as Toronto Star attacks. He essentially wants you to believe Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle risked their entire careers to make this up in an effort to bring the mayor down. Even if you dismiss the fact that Gawker broke the story, this notion is absurd.

Now Doug is making the media rounds after the Globe published an investigation that was 18-months in the making. Doug Ford, it has been revealed, was a drug dealer, and Rob Ford's new top secret Directory of Operations and Logistics was his right-hand man. I've seen Doug on CBC and heard him on the radio and it's crystal clear he's taking a page out of someone's "how to rally your tea party base" handbook.

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The gotcha liberal media is at it again, right Rob and Doug? I'd love to see a little humility and accountability from our mayor and his councillor brother, but instead they seem hell bent on blaming the media for all their many follies.

They've got a show on 1010 that airs at 1pm. It's really more of a 2-hour ad for their agenda, and today, if you bother to tune in, you'll just hear 2-hours of denial and media blame.

Sigh.


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No Dope

They're not bright enough to fool anyone beyond their loyalists.

For example, Doug contradicts himself every time he speaks.

May 26, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

Kevin

Kudos to the Toronto Sun for finally calling Rob Ford out.

The Batra article yesterday confirms people inside the Ford camp say he needs to go to rehab and probably shouldn't be Mayor, at least for now. Yet both Ford brothers and some other Sun columnists - like Joe Warmington - are saying "business as usual!".

It's unprecedented. The leader of a major city may very well be going through things that leave him unfit to lead, and it's quite possible his councillor brother is lying to keep him in power, and we just sit here, sorta' gobsmacked and unable to do anything about it.

May 26, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

Inside Radio Guy

@Toronto Mike

You mention that the Ford Show is essentially a 2 hour ad for their agenda.

This is significant today because during today's call they are taking calls.

These calls are cherry picked by the Fords because this time is owned by them, not 1010. Expect lots of calls from people thanks the Ford brothers for their hard work and asking them to continue with their agenda to keep taxes low.

May 26, 2013 @ 10:57 AM

Another Lurker

Rob and Doug Ford don't just blame the media they also blame the Liberal Provincial Government and pinkos!

May 26, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Speysidephil

So it's impossible for the Ford brothers to win this witchhunt, with all the lefties stomping at the bit to see their downfall.
The so called video/photo has suddenly disappeared and no don't give me the crap that the brothers bought it.Nonsense. If there was a tape there is probably a dozen copies out there somewhere.
As for Doug and his drug dealing days he has caterogically denied the accusation. Again no proof, just 10 Ford haters who won't give up their names.
These personal assaults have to stop, but they won't, the left agenda is cast in stone. ABF (anyone but Ford.).

May 26, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Speysidephil

These "lefties" you're ranting about wanted ABF in 2010. Not one of them voted for him then, and not one will vote for him again. Take another look at how Toronto voted in 2010: http://www.torontomike.com/2010/10/how_toronto_voted_for_mayor.html

There's absolutely no doubt in my very lucid mind that this video exists (or existed). The three journalists are not lying.

Also... because I think others get confused as well when there are unnamed sources... that doesn't mean they won't give up their names. The journalists doing the investigating know their names. These are sources who don't want their names published publicly. It's a rather common practice.

May 26, 2013 @ 11:17 AM


Duane

Donovan is lying, try to justify his story.

May 26, 2013 @ 1:50 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Duane

So you believe Rob Ford over the three journalists who have watched the video?

May 26, 2013 @ 2:00 PM

andrew

I listened to the complete newscast with Rob & Doug Ford. Absurd.
Don't they understand that the "media" sways peoples opinions, but they were still damning the awful media who have written BS stories - there are TOO many & probably more to come.

I equate Rob & Doug as:

Frick & Frack
Abbott & Costello
Laurel & Hardy
Martin & Lewis
Bozo & Bubbles (clowns)
Three Stooges (including brother Randy)
& last but not least CHEECH & CHONG.

May 26, 2013 @ 2:23 PM

Duane

I am sure there would have been more than one copy of the video. If you believe that no respected journalists have ever lied, remember Jayson Blair, Janet Cooke and Pulitizer prize winner Michael Gartner? All highly respected all committed journalistic fraud.

May 26, 2013 @ 2:23 PM

Argie

I hope these scandals never ned. Seriously, they seem to drive the hardcore lefties like Mike, Tron and the other wanks into a tizzy.

It might be a pain for the Fords but its worth it seeing these lefties frothing at the mouth.

How many more Ford threads to go, Mike?

May 26, 2013 @ 2:30 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

No idea. I just write about what's on my mind.

May 26, 2013 @ 3:34 PM

Danzig

There's nothing I dislike more than a liar.

Rob and Doug are liars. Their disdain for Toronto and the truth turns my stomach.

May 26, 2013 @ 5:26 PM

Banger

I tried to listen to the 1010 show. I couldn't get past 10 minutes.

Just a whole bunch of crap: we're not guilty, screw everyone who thinks we are - next caller.

May 26, 2013 @ 5:43 PM

dave

This Rob Ford stuff is getting old, show me something or shut the fuck up......

May 26, 2013 @ 5:50 PM

Paul

This is an interesting perspective. > http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/we-spoke-to-a-former-crack-addict-about-rob-ford
Methinks it's been hash all along.

May 26, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

Cheryl

Okay. That's enough. boy, I wish Smitherman was our Mayor. None of this would happen. I am just fed up with all of this junk.

May 26, 2013 @ 8:32 PM

Cheryl's Trainer

@ Cheryl - c'mon now. I'm regretting introducing you to him. Nice or not, he is a crook.

Oh, by the way, did I leave my shuffleboard broom at your place?

May 26, 2013 @ 10:29 PM

Former Drug Dealer

Paul, I read that article and vice and had a chuckle at it. While there is some accuracy there are many people who are functional crackheads. They hold jobs, they manage to stay as crack users without being the classic skinny crack ho you see on the movies.

People have different reaction to drugs. I was easily able to quit smoking even after heavily smoking since being a teen. I had a few days of wanting a smoke & that was it. Other people I suffered badly. It's like drinking. Some guys can pour it back every weekend and never become drunks. Others not so much.

May 26, 2013 @ 10:32 PM


trapped in habland

How come there are no threats from the Ford camp concerning this being libel or slander?

May 27, 2013 @ 12:55 AM

Boomer

Sarah Palin makes me feel all tingly inside, the Ford brothers? Not so much :)

May 27, 2013 @ 8:58 AM

Torontonian

But wait.... there's more!

Toronto police spoke to Mayor Ford’s senior staffer after tip linked killing to alleged drug video

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-police-spoke-to-mayor-fords-senior-staffer-after-tip-linked-killing-to-alleged-drug-video/article12163629/

May 27, 2013 @ 9:41 AM

Gary

Mike...here is a quote from that story you just posted.

"The staffer did not verify the credibility of the information."

Let's forget that this is a Rob Ford story. There seems to be so many anonymous sources that can't be verified in a lot of stories. Is this responsible journalism?

May 27, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Ben Vidal

There are some important things that people are forgetting here. First Rob Ford stopped being the Rob for d the person when he bought and paid to have his own propaganda radio show and for that matter Doug Ford too. Once they had that radio show they became Ford media, which is different from Ford the person.

Second, don't you think a mayor that actually wanted to work for the people regardless of whether or not they voted for him, he would have been a bit more gracious when he took over the helm? Instead of inviting that useless blow hard Don Cherry out to call everyone who hadn't voted for Ford leftist pinko commies, if he'd accepted and said something like. I appreciate this opportunity and I'm going to do my best to make the city of Toronto proud. To those of you who didn't vote for me, I want you to know I will work hard for you. That would have gone a long way to change everyone's opinions.

Thirdly. Robyn Doolittle and Donnovan, both swear up one side and down the other that they saw this video, where as Ford can only say that he hasn't seen it. Does no one see the problem there?

Fourth, the Ford apologists. You should see Freddie P stance on this, it's pretty hilarious. When you point out what a terrible job he's doing and all of the other bad crap. His response, well it's better than Miller..... Pretty sad.

Fifth. Ford's actual track record as mayor. I think Ford gets too much credit for whats occurred at city hall. We've seen time and again that if he wants something crazy the rest of the council votes him down and makes him look stupid. So anything that has really been accomplished has been because a majority of the council agreed to it. Not because Ford came up with it. A number of councilors have already stated during this mess, they are going to do what they always have done. Run city hall without the mayor.

Lastly does no one remember Ford is the same guy who voted down his own proposed budget?!?!? Really? All of his supporters never ever ever even come close to addressing that

May 27, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

Cheryl

The guy who goes by Cheryl's trainer is not my trainer. He really does like George Smitherman and he didn't leave a shuffleboard broom at my place. He curls, does not play shuffleboard. You're just making stuff up. You don't know my trainer.

May 27, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

Hmmmmmmm

You to have to hand it to the guy who gave The Star and Gawker the picture of Rob and Anthony. The guy basically gave the public the "smoking gun" that there is no doubt Anthony and Rob knew each other.

Could this be a theory (and it is a stretch): What were the chances that Anthony Smith tried to blackmail the Ford bros. with the clip? Anthony could of wanted $$$ and the Ford bros would get the clip. But to kill two birds with one stone, Anthony ended up dead. I'm guessing that when Anthony died, the Ford bros must of made the assumption that the clip died with him.

The real question: the person who has the clip now, is it the original or a copy? If it is a copy, could someone have another copy in the city? Will that copy surface if something happens to the informant?

Other questions, who is David Price? Does the buck stop with David, so the Ford bros aren't linked to anything?
Why did the police source leak to the Globe that the police were looking into a tip about a "homicide"? Who owned the apartment/house the clip was filmed? Could this situation be linked to 23 Division?

There are sooooooo many questions about the whole situation.

May 27, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

bch_toronto

Without addressing the substance itself, there is a certain standard of corroboration that separates a NYT/WSJ from a National Lampoon, but these days, reporters are racing internet bloggers for their scoop and have to go to air as early as possible.

There is a precedent for a top journalist done in by zealous pursuit of the holy grail. Dan Rather thought he had a faxed copy of a compelling authentic letter that implicated GWB in his flight school days. Rather even had the copies in his hands and could reveal it to the world as his "smoking gun".

We all know what happened to Rather.

Right now what we do know is that an editor from Gawker and two reporters from the Star saw a video clip on a phone. Now, I don't claim to know if Ford really did smoke crack or weed or whatever it was the video claimed to show. But at least Dan Rather was holding on to letter sized copies of an old document. Neither Donovan or Doolittle have the video and so we just sort of have to assume that the cell phone showed enough detail that the video was not edited or the overweight person in the clip was not a hired doppleganger who looked enough like Ford to make a convincing clip through a cellphone camera when viewed through the LCD of a 3.5"(iphone) or 4"(iphone5) to 5" (Samsung Galaxy).

I supposed we could just assume that the video is authentic and just condemn the guy.

But the last time Rather did this, it didn't quite turn out the way he wanted.

And there is the pesky problem of noone else has seen this video, so we are now all speculating that the Ford mafia must have killed this drug dealer and sent in the RightWing Special Forces to destroy every other copy made of the video. If this was a hollywood movie about DC, sure, it could happen. But this is Toronto, and nothing that exotic ever happens here.

May 27, 2013 @ 1:51 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

BREAKING NEWS: Toronto mayor's press secretary and deputy have resigned "on principle".

May 27, 2013 @ 1:58 PM

bch_toronto

Here's a great idea for Mike. Ask Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle to come on your show. And have the Gawker guy call in. Ask for more details of this video clip, when they saw it, what clothes the mayor was wearing, and what the crack pipe looked like. Did he use matches.

And ask how big the clip was (resolution). Was it VGA (640x480) or CIF (352x240) or around QCIF (176x120). Or if they can't tell, what screen the video was playing on, was it dark and was there chroma noise,

At this point, even if everyone knew for sure that Mayor Ford is drunk or on weed, or doing crack, there is no real evidence beyond what three people saw on a cell phone.

May 27, 2013 @ 2:31 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@bch_toronto

No need, the video will be leaked... soon...

The Fords will be caught in this lie... yet another lie. I have no doubt.

May 27, 2013 @ 2:34 PM

Corey

So now that Gawker successfully raised the $200k, any predictions on whether they actually get the video?

May 27, 2013 @ 6:29 PM

james

Mike's already predicted the video will be leaked, so somebody somewhere'll get hold of it. Unless the conspiracy theorists are right and rob had somebody on the payroll go tie up a loose end, anyway. But isn't Rob running out of people on the payroll who actually don't want him fired?

May 27, 2013 @ 7:34 PM

Argie

He's still the mayor, Mike.

May 27, 2013 @ 8:01 PM

Tron

@ Argie "I hope these scandals never ned. Seriously, they seem to drive the hardcore lefties into a tizzy" - No I just think it's sad, and you hoping it never ends just shows you how much you dislike this city for whatever reason (is it jealousy?) you why inject this piece of trash to my city. Heck they even call themselves "Ford Nation" they don't even call themselves citizens of the city he's Mayor of. The saddest thing is that this has nothing to do with left or right, saying that is like saying you are anti OJ Simpsons because you're anti Buffalo Bills. The logic is so faulty it's beyond belief.

So let's see what's part of the LW conspiracy. i)Star reporter Donovan(who broke the ORNGE stroy every RW loves repeating as fact) ii)Globe&Mail(who endorsed Harper three elections in a Row) iii)Sun's Batra(former press sec, in a 5/25 article, says RF doesn't listen to advice & brings his problems onto himself) iv)Sun reporter Mandel(in 5/24 article said "Ford universe, the strategy has always been to cast him as the persecuted victim of a LW campaign. That is his usual playbook: lash out & deny) v)NationalPost RW Jonathan Kay (on 5/23 article, called Ford Nation a cult & Ford not a conservative but a culture warrior)

This weekend when Doug talked about "Social elities" having it out for him, that's when it's over, it's like talking to somebody about the illuminati. Nobody say's it to his face, but it' words from a of a paranoid nutcase. Deflecting your problems to some shadowy group of people with nothing specific in common. He can't even say a lefty conspiracy when the G&M and ThePost are both critical of him & did stories on him. When you start believeing EVERYBODY is to get "your guy" that's when it turns into fullfledged cult. It's not left or right anymore, it's people who live in reality & people who don't.

As for today story, Rob tried to push as "workers looking for other opportunities" but from my understanding they left notes on the table in the morning & took off before he got there (at the crack of noon, wow hardest working Mayor indeed) they wanted out of there fast. What will be interesting is who is replacing people with, so far he's only shuffling the deck with Doug's guys into his office and hiring ANOTHER Don Bosco coach this month. It seems like anybody who wants any credibilty in work or politics arena are leaving and Ford's only bringing in his football buddies who are as Doug put it "can't teach loyal".

May 27, 2013 @ 8:34 PM

Common Sense Revolution

Anyone with any understanding of crime, the street, drug dealing & back room deals knows more is going on. Winnie the Pooh got caught with the hand in the cookie jar & he's trying to lie his way out. While lying he stepped on the toes of some motherfuckers that will be less than happy.

When your closet is full of skeletons and you have lots of enemies, every motherfucker is going to drag those skeletons out into the day light.

Go deep. Go dark. You'll find secrets.

May 27, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

james

@Common Sense Revolution: 1995 called. The progressive conservatives want their slogan back.

May 28, 2013 @ 12:16 AM

james

Because somebody somewhere is curious as to why Ford (either Ford) hasn't sued himself a newspaper yet, I give you this as one possible explanation. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/05/28/bob-tarantino-stacking-the-libel-law-deck-against-plaintiffs/

May 28, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

Argie

Tron and Mike,

How about you get back to me when something (at least one thing) is proven to be a fact. Throughout Ford's tenure as Mayor, we've had over a dozen allegations, yet nothing has stuck.Sure, he got hammered at a Leaf game years ago and acted like a jerk but that's been it.

When one serious item can be proven to be a fact, I will say, "yeah, maybe Rob should step down". However, all we have are more crazy allegations. What's next? "Ford kills babies for kicks?" But wait, Dr Morgentaler killed thousands of unborn babies, and he's a hero to lefties and even received the Honour of Canada.

May 28, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - No one was talking about Abortion man.....

May 28, 2013 @ 9:21 AM

Argie

I know Phil. I just wanted to through as shot at Dr Death - while I was at it. My bad.....

May 28, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

Tron

@ Argie- What is your definition of "proven fact?" Are you talking 100% without a doubt proven in a court of law? If that's the case then shut up about McGuinty. There no video or audio of McG saying striaght out "Let's move powerplants to save seats". But you made a conclusion of the circumstance that he did just that. Guess what I AGREE WITH YOU on Dalton. I looked at the timing & circumstance & thought pretty sure he did it to to save a toss-up seat. I don't need audio or video of him saying it. I have reasonable sense. Something you and Ford Nation loses when talking about Rob.

But for some reason, circumstantial evidence here is not enough you NEED a video for this situation even though the same Star reporter who did ORNGE was on this case, his a family connection to drugs, is filling his staff with Doug's former drug running buddy, political staff leaving in droves, today authorites is talking to staff because Fords football bully Price asked "What happens if we get the video" which freaked cheif of staff Towhey out. Ford quiet for a week, but starts talking after the source goes quiet & the creepy Price comment. Ford pictured casually with drug dealers & having an entire term with a secret schedule.

If all of that doesn't make you go "humm maybe there something there". I seriously doubt that a video would change your mind. Jonathan Kay has called Ford Nation "truthers" comparing them to WTC truthers. I don't know much about that scene but I do see the similarites to the birthers, nothing that can be reported or happen can change these peoples mind. It's almost like moonlanding deniers, reality is a conspiracy, whatever "proof" is put out will never be good enough. By the way did you ever see Lance Armstrong take sterioids, did you see a video of him doing it, so I guess he didn't do it until he talked to Oprah

Actually Ford lied mutiple times, the biggest one was when Star reporter was doing a report on Ford buying public property to expand his yard and was in the public park behind Ford backyard. Ford said he was in his backyard (even though when giving detais of the situation, Ford admits he only saw him behind his backyard) Ford said he had security tape of reporter Dale peering over the fence and into his house. The authorites looked at the tape and said Dale never looked over the fence. Strangly Ford gets away for outright lying against somebody with such an ugly allegation, but now wants people to pity him.

May 28, 2013 @ 3:41 PM

trudy

Who are we to Judge Rob Ford,,, we all have one family member in this drug or drinking problems ,,,, do we tell them to step down or humiliate them and destroy there lives ,,,, NO

November 17, 2013 @ 8:45 AM

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