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Latest Rob Ford scandal: Caught on video smoking crack

The Toronto Star reports today

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The Toronto Star: 

A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade.

Two Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times. It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Ford is incoherent, trading jibes with an off-camera speaker who goads the clearly impaired mayor by raising topics including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the Don Bosco high school football team Ford coaches.

“I’m f---ing right-wing,” Ford appears to mutter at one point. “Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great.…” and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a “fag.” Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), “they are just f---ing minorities.”

The website Gawker was first to publish the story yesterday

 

mark_alfred

The two reports (Star and Gawker) are quite similar.  Some minor differences due to the greater diligence exercised by the Star, but still, the reports are very similar.

janfromthebruce

I'm thinking that Ford's coaching days with a Catholic School Board are numbered now - count down....

jerrym

Even CNN did an extensive segment on Ford's crack problem. When so many of Toronto's elite want the city to be seen as "world-class", this has to tick them off royally. 

Paladin1

I was surprised the people with the cell phone video turned down and offer to buy it. 

If it's true then it's game over for him since he isn't a music or movie star.

onlinediscountanvils

My understanding is that they initially had hopes of the video fetching them a 7-figure sum. Someone managed to lower their expectations to 6 figures, but the highest they've been offered - so far - was $40k.

mark_alfred

I would take the rumour of the $40,000 offer with a grain of salt.  That came from the Gawker guy who was reporting on what he had been told by the video peddler.  It's unreliable hearsay.  If it was said, it likely was a bullshit negotiating tactic.

onlinediscountanvils

Fair point. It's entirely possible there was no offer at that time. Although, as of now the [url=http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rob-ford-crackstarter]Gawker crowdsourcing initiative[/url] is already just shy of that amount.

NorthReport

So, no weekend Ford radio show this weekend.

What do you think Toronto's mayor is doing instead?  

This sure beat Tourism Canada for getting Canada lots of publicity, eh! 

Guess where druggies are going for their next vacation.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/17/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-crack...

mark_alfred

onlinediscountanvils wrote:

Fair point. It's entirely possible there was no offer at that time. Although, as of now the [url=http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rob-ford-crackstarter]Gawker crowdsourcing initiative[/url] is already just shy of that amount.

Thanks for the link. 

I'm wondering if I should donate to the "Rob Ford Crackstarter" campaign.  My preference would be that the people with the video just handed it over to the Star or CBC.  The Star was leery of paying large sums to the video producers, because then that would have been the story, rather than the video itself.  But it would be good to have the evidence out there.  Hmm.  I find the way the dealers entrapped Ford (breaching his trust by video taping him when he was unaware with the intent of personal gain) reprehensible.  But Ford himself is a bully who's stalling so much needed progress here.  Hmm.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Some thoughts and reflections on this latest piece of idiocy.

Innocent Bystanders

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[O]ne more unexpected, negative, and completely unnecessary effect of this mess has been the circulation of a profoundly xenophobic tone about the people who have the video in question.

.....

The most obvious issue with the use of the term Somali is one of simple accuracy. If the people in question live here, they are Somali-Canadians, Canadians of Somali descent, or, ya’ know, Torontonians. It’s simply bad form and more than a bit odd that Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan, the writers of the article, would choose to mark these men out as “foreigners” rather than residents of the city.

Dangerous addictions: Toronto, right-wing hypocrisies and Rob Ford 

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Another week in Toronto, and another scandal involving our sideshow of a mayor, Rob Ford.

This latest one, in case somehow you have not heard,involves an apparent video of the mayor allegedly not only smoking crack cocaine but also using homophobic language to disparage Justin Trudeau and describing the players of the high school football team he coaches as "just fucking minorities". 

Crack is the Ultimate Gesture in Rob Ford's History of Irony

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What are we talking about, when we talk about Rob Ford? Class, I think, is always there, as is irony. At their core, the most spectacular Ford stories hinge on a deep mixing: the privileges of white, masculine power with the signifiers of poverty and powerlessness. The big-necked guy in an SUV, straight-talking, hard-drinking—and meanwhile, he’s crushing the union. Arguably, Ford started this himself, running for office on a regular-guy schtick that endeared him to working-class voters in (but mostly around) the GTA. His platform traded in the tropes of honesty and hard work, longstanding blue-collar values that, through another lens, we could understand as stereotypes.

But while Ford expressed certain “positive” blue collar values, anti-Ford media and other critics tarred him with negative stereotypes of working-classness, and thus the irony of Ford took hold. The public image of Ford is pure white trash, in its specific male incarnation. Obesity, bigotry, recklessness, and illiteracy have long been slurs against blue-collar men; Ford checks every box, and those for more recent tropes—DUIs, football, McDonald’s—too. He even fucks up according to white trash script, in an excessive, bodily way: overeating, behaving (what’s been described by witnesses as) shitface-drunk in public, allegedly grabbing a woman’s ass at a fancy party. That Ford rarely apologizes, or even seems aware that he’s offended, makes these scandals seem less like fuck-ups than a certain style of governing: expressions of Ford’s particular power. This is why, occasionally, Ford coverage admits pangs of sympathy, even admiration. 

.....

Are we scandalized by the Ford crack story because it’s hard drugs, or because it’s crack: a drug associated, in legend if not fact, with urban black poverty? I don’t think we’d be as outraged, if the drug were cocaine, and the setting a posh hotel. Because race is the culmination of all privilege narratives, because when we talk about power we are always, on some level talking about race, it’s fitting that the most outrageous Ford story of all is the most racialized one.

Sineed

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Are we scandalized by the Ford crack story because it’s hard drugs, or because it’s crack: a drug associated, in legend if not fact, with urban black poverty?

My quibble with this part is that crack doesn't have the association with black urban poverty in Canada the way it does state-side. 

Otherwise, it's a nice nuanced take on how Ford has milked his so-called identity. And people continue to support him, believing this silver spoon boy is somehow a populist because he's inarticulate, crass and bellicose.

Sineed

Working in addiction treatment for many years as I have, my patients have told me some stories of drug use chez Ford. But the Star has to be extreeeemly careful about what they publish when relying on the allegations of people who get through their days through the use of powerful psychoactive chemicals. And who often enjoy spreading outlandish gossip, usually about each other.

Once again, looking at the Ford brothers and their obvious issues, and their heroin-addicted sister, I find myself wondering what sort of dad Doug Ford Sr was...

cco

randomhouse.ca wrote:
I don’t think we’d be as outraged, if the drug were cocaine, and the setting a posh hotel.

Who's outraged? I, for one, am loving every second of this. The same way I love it when Ted Haggard, Rush Limbaugh, or any powerful despicable person gets caught red-handed in rank hypocrisy. What outraged me was people voting for him in the first place.

And you know what? If he'd come out immediately, resigned, and copped to it, I'd say he deserves the same amount of compassion he's previously allotted fellow drug addicts in his city. (I say this as someone with more than a few similar issues in my past.)

While he's continuing to bluff his way through this and blame it all on the Star, though, I think he deserves every single hit he takes from the media (instead of the pipe).

Junkyard Dog
6079_Smith_W

 Ford's lackeys are spamming Peter Worthington's funeral with car magnets

https://twitter.com/KatieSimpson24/status/337232762467659776/photo/1

NDPP

Fast Ford Nation (and vid)

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/hwdvideoshare/viewvideo/76212

Rob Ford Rehab - Tasha Tribute

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Great video.

 

onlinediscountanvils

Maysie wrote:
Some thoughts and reflections on this latest piece of idiocy.

Innocent Bystanders

Quote:
[O]ne more unexpected, negative, and completely unnecessary effect of this mess has been the circulation of a profoundly xenophobic tone about the people who have the video in question.

.....

The most obvious issue with the use of the term Somali is one of simple accuracy. If the people in question live here, they are Somali-Canadians, Canadians of Somali descent, or, ya’ know, Torontonians. It’s simply bad form and more than a bit odd that Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan, the writers of the article, would choose to mark these men out as “foreigners” rather than residents of the city.

 

If you're The Star, you know you've got problems when even the Sun takes issue with your racism.

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Ahmed Hussen, president of the Somali Canadian Congress, was particularly incensed that a newspaper, which for decades has positioned itself as reflecting the ‘multicultural rainbow’ of the city would indulge in the flippant use of the word ‘Somali’ failing to understand how the story maligned the entire Somali-Canadian community.

“In pinpointing the two men pictured with the mayor on its front page, the Toronto Star identified one as ‘Anthony Smith’ and the other man merely as ‘Somali’. What use is such anonymity when in granting anonymity to a drug dealer, the criminal tag is passed on from him to the entire community,” Hussen told me.

Hussen, who grew up in Toronto’s impoverished Regent Park of the 1990s and was the subject of a Star story celebrating his success in 2004, says the traditional liberal, pro-multicultural institutions like the Star do not get it. He asks: “Has the Toronto Star ever labeled biker gangs as ‘European Gangs’? Did it ever identify the accused in Quebec’s municipal corruption scandals as ‘French’? Then what was the point in identifying the drug dealers allegedly supplying crack to Mayor Ford as ‘Somali’?”

[url=http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/21/still-somali-after--all-these-years... ‘Somali’ after all these years[/url]

DaveW

Sineed wrote:

Working in addiction treatment for many years as I have, my patients have told me some stories of drug use chez Ford. [...]

Once again, looking at the Ford brothers and their obvious issues, and their heroin-addicted sister, I find myself wondering what sort of dad Doug Ford Sr was...

It's all a surprise for me, I thought Ford was a garden-variety drunk, and that pot citation in Florida was an aberration, just some fun in the sun.

As for Maysie's shtick above about crack and its associations -- actually yes, this would be just as scandalous for the public  if it were cocaine in a fancy hotel. --The Mayor using hard drugs: 'nuff said, for most voters.

nicky
onlinediscountanvils

[url=http://www.slaw.ca/2013/05/22/lets-not-hate-on-rob-ford-for-the-wrong-re...'s Not Hate on Rob Ford for the Wrong Reasons Part 2[/url]

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It seems as though people are more outraged by the titillating possibility that the mayor has used drugs, and this story seems to have received more traction than any of the other more serious criminal offenses he's been accused of like driving while intoxicated, assaulting his wife, and sexual assault. Not to mention the racist, classist, and homophobic positions he's taken while in office.

Ironically, the stigmatization of drug users, and particularly crack users is a product of our collective classism and racism. Who among us has not used drugs? Recreationally or otherwise? Coffee, cigarettes pain killers, booze, weed? I know a lot of drug users who are among the professionals I trust but we've stigmatized crack as a drug used by poor people, sex workers and people of colour.

Maysie Maysie's picture

And Ford has lost Margaret Wente's support.

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The city can no longer function with someone at the helm who’s (allegedly and seemingly) out of control. If he will neither explain himself nor step aside, City Council must repudiate him and appoint an interim leader in his stead. It’s the only ethical thing to do. 

That's gotta hurt.

janfromthebruce

Maysie, you sound almost empathic in your above post.

onlinediscountanvils

G&M: [url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/mayor-rob-fords-allies-prepa... Mayor Rob Ford’s allies prepare to run city[/url]

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Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee is preparing to take the extraordinary step of publicly urging Toronto’s troubled leader to confront allegations of drug use, and is making contingency plans to run the city in his absence.

Amid an escalating crisis of confidence in the city’s leadership, members of Mr. Ford’s cabinet-like executive committee are drafting a statement, expected to be released Friday, attempting to reassure residents of Canada’s largest city, say two councillors leading those discussions.

Doug

Et tu, Sun? Et tu? Here comes the real pain.

Maysie Maysie's picture
arielc

Update from Gawker - It seems the owner of the video can't be contacted, though the campaign to buy the video is nearing its goal - now at $163,417. http://gawker.com/rob-ford-crackstarter-update-509596078 Given the timelag, it's wouldn't be surprising if someone else bought the video and the silence of its owner by now.

Given the report of his Chief of staff fired for telling Ford to go to rehab, it's cllear that Ford's addiction problem is no secret, and the evidence in the video becomes irrelevant anyway.

"Can Toronto fire Mayor Rob Ford?"
http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/24/can-toronto-fire-mayor-rob-ford/
Maclean’s spoke with Ryerson University politics prof Myer Siemiatycki about the options available to council in this case.
...
Q: You see him resigning?

A: I see him either resigning or announcing that he wishes to take a leave, to deal with various issues, and would claim at this point that he looks forward to returning to office and championing the good fine causes he has been proposing all along. The impregnable fortress of his own sense of entitlement and righteousness I think is under siege.

Q: Looking back on his career I can’t see any precedent for his folding unless absolutely forced to do so.

A: Well, he’s going to have to ask himself does he really want to have a life where he has to go underground, be in hiding, if he ever turns up in his office he has to find a way of secretly getting from the parking lot into his office—is that the kind of life he wants?

arielc

There we have it: Rob Ford
I do not use crack cocaine

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/i-do-not-use-crack-cocaine-mayor-rob-ford-s...

And the video and its owner seem to have (been) disappeared.

bekayne

So he does he explain the picture?

Sineed

onlinediscountanvils wrote:
Ironically, the stigmatization of drug users, and particularly crack users is a product of our collective classism and racism.

I don't think so, though I concede the American experience may be somewhat different. Drug use cuts across all races and levels of income. The vast majority of my patients (people with substance use disorders) are white males born in Canada. 

Stigmatization of drug users is IMV an artifact of Christian temperance. That's why your most hard-right Christian fundies are also the most fervent anti-drug warriers. And Wade Davis also points to the roots of the drug war in suppression of indigenous cultures and their use of psychoactive substances in sacred rituals.

6079_Smith_W

Christian temperance true, but that doesn't mean it was without good reason. Much of that movement was driven by women who had to deal with their husbands drinking their paycheques away and ruining their families. I'm sure that in your practice you know about that reality of addiction far better than I do.

The problem is when it goes overboard, and it is significant that it was also a lobby driven by women which ended the scourge of alcohol prohibition.

It's no different today. Just because the war on drugs is completely fucked doesn't rule out that His Worship might have a real problem.

onlinediscountanvils

Sineed wrote:

onlinediscountanvils wrote:
Ironically, the stigmatization of drug users, and particularly crack users is a product of our collective classism and racism.

I don't think so, though I concede the American experience may be somewhat different. Drug use cuts across all races and levels of income.

Drug use, yes. But the stigma? I think that falls disproprtionately on the poor, FN, POC.

And I don't think they're invoking the example of the U.S. They're writing from their experiences as feminist lawyers in Ottawa who work from a framework of anti-oppression.

Sineed

onlinediscountanvils wrote:

Drug use, yes. But the stigma? I think that falls disproprtionately on the poor, FN, POC.

And I don't think they're invoking the example of the U.S. They're writing from their experiences as feminist lawyers in Ottawa who work from a framework of anti-oppression.

Poor people get stigmatized because their drug use is more visible. If you're a rock star, an investment banker, or a mayor of a large city smoking crack in a hotel room or a mansion, you're much less likely to get arrested than people who use drugs on the street. Also, people with good drug plans may get their drugs of choice prescribed to them by a physician (Oxycontin, stimulants, benzodiazepines).

In Toronto, the vast majority of impoverished street drug users who frequently go to jail are white people born in Canada. Granted, when you get north of (I think) North Bay, it switches to largely FN.

I object to the statement that stigma around drug use is driven by racism and classism because it's such a massive over-simplification. Drug use is tied to misery, mental illnesses and basic physiology, the way our brains are wired to feel pleasure. Stigma around drug use is fuelled in part by the history of Christian temperance in our culture as I mentioned earlier, and also by a fear of losing control, of going that way ourselves. We despise what frightens us, ergo we fear ourselves and the depths to which we are capable of falling.

Crack use is motivated by profound unhappiness from which people are attempting to escape. In my experience, the prevalence of childhood abuse among people who use crack approaches 100%. Some crack users have told me that it isn't that crack is so addictive (they're wrong about that, but when having these discussions I sometimes agree to disagree in order to keep the conversation going), but that crack users are so deeply unhappy, their lives are such shit, they can't face living without crack.

Sineed

Interesting conversation we are having here btw. I have more to say about the history of Christian temperance, but I am leaving my computer to go forth and consume alcohol on this Friday evening.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Sineed wrote:

 

In Toronto, the vast majority of impoverished street drug users who frequently go to jail are white people born in Canada. Granted, when you get north of (I think) North Bay, it switches to largely FN.

 

 

You must have a link ready because I'm fucking ROFLing. SeriouslY???

onlinediscountanvils

Sineed wrote:
Poor people get stigmatized because their drug use is more visible. If you're a rock star, an investment banker, or a mayor of a large city smoking crack in a hotel room or a mansion, you're much less likely to get arrested than people who use drugs on the street.

If you're a rock star, banker, or mayor; you're more likely to be given a 'pass' on your drug use than a poor person. A poor person's drug use will - more often than not - be seen as a personal moral failing and the very reason for their poverty. But if you can excel at a prestigious job while maintaining a drug habit, people are much more likely to shrug it off. You may even be admired for your drug use if it's seen as an inherent part of the culture within your field.

Earlier this year, I was enrolled in a course on pop music, where the subject of drugs came up frequently in discussions. I found the disparate views on drug use quite fascinating. It was taken as a given that the majority of the musicians we were discussing were drug users of varying degrees. Within the class, nobody seemed to have any moral objections to that reality. In fact, in many cases the drug use of these musicians was valorized and even seen as beneficial to their work as artists. Conversely, there were a few times when the subject of drug use within our own community came up, and people's attitudes were far less tolerant and forgiving of addicts not named David Bowie, Brian Wilson, or Keith Richards.

 

Sineed wrote:
I object to the statement that stigma around drug use is driven by racism and classism because it's such a massive over-simplification. [...]Stigma around drug use is fuelled in part by the history of Christian temperance in our culture as I mentioned earlier, and also by a fear of losing control, of going that way ourselves.

I'm sure that's all part of the mix, but there's no question that racism and classism have played a huge role in the social stigma. The first anti-drug laws in both Canada and the U.S. targetted opium, pandering directly to anti-Chinese racism. In the same way that opium was stigmatized as a particularly Chinese vice, cocaine was negatively associated with black people, and marijuana with Mexicans. From its outset, the war on drugs was about scapegoating people of colour, and using fearmongering to keep the working class divided by race.

The low-income neighbourhood where I currently live has a long-standing reputation as the "bad part of town" because of a perceived drug problem. But people who work in addictions in this city will tell you that drugs are actually more prevalent in the more affluent suburban neighbourhoods. So why does my neighbourhood get the stigma, but not the suburbs? Class.

I know about Christian temperance, having been raised in a church where more than a few people were ostracized right out of the congregation for the "sin" of enjoying a glass of wine with their supper. But I think its role in the stigmatization of drug use is more in play on a personal level than it is on a societal level.

Sineed

RevolutionPlease wrote:

Sineed wrote:

 

In Toronto, the vast majority of impoverished street drug users who frequently go to jail are white people born in Canada. Granted, when you get north of (I think) North Bay, it switches to largely FN.

 

You must have a link ready because I'm fucking ROFLing. SeriouslY???

I don't have a link. I know this because of my job as a methadone provider to people trying to recover from addictions, sometimes in jail, for the past 17 years. It makes sense if you consider that North Americans are by far the largest abusers of drugs in the world. About 80-90 percent of the world supply of narcotics is used in North America, which has 5% of the world's population. And if you consider that most people in North America are white, then the fact that most people with substance use disorders are white logically follows.

In the north, FN people predominate in jails. I visited Thunder Bay jail in 2011, where 80% of inmates are FN. But in Toronto, most of your homeless or marginally housed people struggling with addictions and mental illness, frequently going to jail, are white. True fact.

 

 

howeird beale

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/globe-investigation-the-ford...

 

here were usually a number of dealers to choose from, some of them supplied by a mainstay at James Gardens – a young man with the hulk-like frame and mop of bright blond hair: Doug Ford. “Most people didn’t approach Doug looking for product. You went to the guys that he supplied.

6079_Smith_W

@ Sineed

To be clear, I'm making a distinction between the WCTU under Frances Willard, which fought for many issues of social reform, and those who eventually pushed prohibition over the top with the support of the KKK, anti-immigrant racism and bullying politicians (and the fact that most who voted for it never dreamed it would apply to wine and beer).

 

Sineed

Yes, I see that, Winston. I just haven't gotten round to discussing the history of Christian prohibition more completely.

onlinediscountanvils

[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-police-spoke-to-mayo... police spoke to Mayor Ford’s senior staffer after tip linked killing to alleged drug video[/url]

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A senior member of Rob Ford’s office was interviewed by police last week about a tip linking a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking illicit drugs to a recent Toronto homicide, two separate sources have confirmed.

The staffer felt compelled to share the tip, which came to him from someone else in the mayor’s office, with police because it could constitute evidence in a homicide investigation.

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The informant in the mayor’s office purported to know the address and unit number where the video was being held.

They went on to say that the video originally belonged to an individual who may have been killed for its potentially valuable contents, according to a source.

nicky

The fund to buy the videonow stands at $183,704 with 21 hours left.

It only grew by about $8,000 yesterday so it will be touch and go whether it gets to the mandatory total of 200,000.

arielc

nicky wrote:

The fund to buy the videonow stands at $183,704 with 21 hours left.

It only grew by about $8,000 yesterday so it will be touch and go whether it gets to the mandatory total of 200,000.

Since Gawker says they haven't been able to contact the owner of the video for a week, it seems unlikely that the video can be purchased anyway.

Rob Ford said yesterday on the radio "There is no video."
Seems he's pretty confident that it's no longer available.

And it seems from the above report that one of Ford's staffers knows where the video was at some point.
It's safe to assume that if Ford knew where it was, it would quickly 'disappeared'.

onlinediscountanvils

The Fords should top it up to $200k. If Gawker reaches their target but are unable to purchase the video, the money will be donated to a non-profit agency that deals with the effects of drug addictions. The Fords profess to be anti-drug. They like to boast about their philanthropy. They can easily afford it. And they're confident the video does not exist. With a mere $16k of their own money, they can ensure that a non-profit will receive a $200k donation - most of it coming out of the pockets of their detractors. I don't see a downside for them.

janfromthebruce

It now appears that the mayor's office is directly involved in a murder investigation. And so the informant in Ford's office verifies the video existence (or past existence). And it thus becomes evidence for a murder investigation in which if destroyed is a criminal offence in itself.

The informant in the mayor’s office purported to know the address and unit number where the video was being held.

They went on to say that the video originally belonged to an individual who may have been killed for its potentially valuable contents, according to a source.

Robert McClelland ‏@RJMcClelland 17m

So the Ford Saga has gone from drug use to drug dealing to homicide. It's a television series that's writing itself

arielc

@onlinediscount ...

Or ... perhaps they're more likely to want to buy it for themselves to keep it 'private'? Destroy it perhaps?

- Rob Ford seems pretty confident that now "There is no video."

- A staffer in Rob Ford's office knew the address where the video was kept.

- Now apparently ... "There is no video." Connect the dots ...

Very disturbing allegations that his possession of the video may be relevant to the murder of Anthony Smith. Who would do that?

Toughspike Toughspike's picture

I'm sure the video has been bought and disposed of by Doug Ford's associates.  Rob's denials have been getting stronger, especially where the video is concerned.  I just hope that the Star, G&M and Gawker journalism has put any chance of Ford reelection to rest.  Ford Nation is holding strong, but there are now a lot of people who voted for Ford last time who are seriously rethinking their choice.

onlinediscountanvils

@arielc...

But the Fords say the video doesn't exist, so there's nothing for them (or Gawker) to buy. Therefore they can pledge to Crackstarter, safe in the knowledge that Gawker won't be able to complete the transaction, and the $200k will go to charity. They should recognize this for the PR coup that it is. Pony up, Rob!

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