I’m starting to agree with the whole “leave Rob Ford alone” argument

It’s not that I’m convinced that this whole thing is a left-wing conspiracy, and it’s not because I think the poor guy has suffered enough. No, the reason I wish this train wreck would come to an end is because it’s exhausting.

“This is as bad as it’s going to get,” I told myself this morning for the eleventh day in a row. “Nothing’s going to top these new allegations. I can totally read the news tomorrow without fear of finding out about something worse.”

I hope that doesn’t sound flippant or insensitive. This is a very serious issue, and it grows more serious every day. I think we as a city are entitled to a real resolution, and I’m holding out hope that we’ll get one.

But in the meantime, it’s getting tough to keep up with the latest awful developments. The backlog of news reports in my Pocket queue is getting bigger and more demoralizing by the day.

Ford supporters are quick to argue that it’s the media, not the mayor, who are making this city look bad. They’re wrong, of course, except in the sense that mayor’s radio show counts as a part of the media. But their argument does have a certain emotional appeal. This city would look just fine, after all, if the media would simply abandon their public obligations and leave the Fords alone, if only for a day.

I mean, can’t we just focus on all the positive mayoral achievements that Doug Ford bellowed at the press last week in a contemptuous and counterproductive waste of the public’s time?

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7 Responses to “I’m starting to agree with the whole “leave Rob Ford alone” argument”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Where it would be fantastic to leave him alone, for even one day, this story has become bigger than the city.
    Parallels have been drawn to Marion Berry of DC mayoral fame, and with a pedigree like that, well the north american media wait on baited hooks for the next interesting turn of events.

    For the mayor to find ANY peace in the next month, he needs to directly address the issue and plead his case in the public eye and avoid the media making allegations. Until then, north american media outlets clamor for the next tidbit to splash in print.

    The infamous drop from their pedestals just as hard as the famous. The only difference is who pushes them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why would you leave the lack of evidence out of your post? The media should leave him alone because the accusations are baseless. As soon as the $200k to buy the video has been raised, conveniently their “confidence that we can consummate this transaction has diminished”. Curious, perhaps journalists and bloggers such as yourself were wrong to place their faith in Somali drug dealers?

    The Toronto Star and Gawker are gossip magazines that have, without any shred of evidence, attacked this man. Rumors without ANY evidence is not journalism.

  3. Matt says:

    Bloggers such as myself? I’m guessing you’re not exactly a loyal reader, Anonymous no. 2…

  4. Leon says:

    Rumours without evidence? All I’ve seen the Star report is that two of their reporters claim to have seen a video where someone who looks like Rob Ford appears to smoke something from a crack pipe. If they’d swear that under oath (I imagine they would), there’s your proof that the story is true.

    If Ford is so convinced they’re lying, where’s the libel suit? Make them tell their story on the stand. It seems quite simple to me.

    • Mike says:

      It is true that the person “looks” like Ford, and “appears” to smoke, but what does that prove. The video needs to be obtained and then examined forensically for authenticity. Then the Star will have their story.

  5. Leon says:

    Oh, and if people really are getting killed over this, we need to beat this story until we get to the bottom of it.

  6. Leon says:

    Sorry, shot in the leg, not killed.