Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Video: Rob Ford's Mounting Confidence

Mayor Rob Ford
What a difference two days makes!

According to Daniel Day, of the Toronto Star, a lot:

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.”

That makes Mayor Rob Ford just about the only public figure who seems willing to publicly state that there is no such video. Period. Finish. The End.

Did the Mayor hear something on Friday or Saturday that let him move from some doubt about the existence of the infamous video, to stating categorically that the video does not exist?

Jon Cook of Gawker, who wants to buy it, seems to have lost contact with the sellers:

So where are the guys who are trying to sell the notorious alleged Mayor Rob Ford "crack smoking" video?
 And where is the most sought-after video in Toronto history itself?

The guy trying to buy it for $200,000 would like to know.

As of right now they, as well as it, have disappeared.

"I haven't been in contact with them since last Tuesday," said Jon Cook of Gawker, who has a "Crackstarter" group collection drive going on line. "The guy who put me in touch with them has not heard from them since Sunday."

So we don't have definitive answers to the tantalizing questions: Was there a video? Did it show the Mayor doing something bad? Was it offered for sale to Jon Cook? If it was, where are the sellers? And where's the video?

No video, no story.

But that leaves the photograph. Does it exist? Is it a fake? Is it also part of a conspiracy to besmirch the mayor of our largest city?

Any journalist out there know anything? Make a name for yourself by clarifying matters, will you?

Then we can move on to more important things.

Like the Mounties little investigation of expense accounts.


  1. Where's WaldoMay 26, 2013 6:21 pm

    Current anti money laundering legislation will show the paper trail if someone wants to follow it. Unless someone has $100k+ in cash hanging around.

  2. Yup. Lots of guys have $100,000 or $200,000 just hanging around. In Toronto. Wealthy city.


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