‘Any other questions?’ Rob Ford holds press conference amid new crack scandal reports

The attack on Rob Ford is over-the-top

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“Any other questions?”

It was what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford asked reporters at City Hall after he finished a prepared speech touting the city’s $248-million budget surplus, along with his record on low taxes and infrastructure improvements.

There were other questions. A lot of them, in fact, with most focusing on separate reports from the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Gawker.com that identified the Toronto home where Ford appeared to have been photographed with his arm around Anthony Smith, a man who was murdered in a drive-by shooting in March.

All three reports say the home in the west Toronto suburban neighbourhood of Etobicoke is the location of a photo that was provided by the man who tried to sell the Star and Gawker the video of Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine.

Neighbours around the home, at 15 Windsor Rd., told Star reporters that they have had concerns about drug activity at the home for some time. The home is near Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, where Ford was a volunteer football coach, and near 320 Dixon road, in the same building where the Star reporters say they viewed the video.

All three outlets also report that there was an armed home invasion at the Windsor Road bungalow on May 21, five days after the reports of the alleged video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine emerged. Ford has denied that the video exists and said he doesn’t use crack.

There were plenty of questions at the afternoon press conference–but evidently not ones Ford wanted to discuss.

“I guess there are no more questions,” he told reporters as he left the podium and walked back into his office. “Thank you very much.”

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‘Any other questions?’ Rob Ford holds press conference amid new crack scandal reports

  1. Poop

      WAKE UP

      It is Monday 10 June and this story is dated from 6 June.

      4 days have gone by without a new ‘story’ covering an old fanstasy, or a new fantasy, about Rod Ford doing hash, pillaging towns, gay-bashing, putting magnets on cars,etc.

      You haven’t given up have you, keep digging – I am sure you’ll find something.
      Don’t let it be said that I never supported your during your periods of insanity!

  2. I wonder if the secret Tory slush fund bought the video.

    • The wheels have come off the Gawker/Toronto Star ‘journalism’ wagon on this story. There’s nothing left but the lousy picture to beat to death.

      • And they are beating it pretty good. Who knew all along that it would be the photo that would in the end crack the case (pun intended) and not the video? Now they have a geographic place to research and lots and lots of residents and neighbors to interview plus police reports. A dozen people are probably searching for Jasmine Johnson right now. It’s all about to tip…

  3. The case is closed on the video.

    Ford has, despite misquotations and misinterpretations, not said that is him in the garage picture.

    The photo has been examined by two experts, one is non-committal on whether it’s genuine or fake.

    The other can find no evidence of manipulation, but that’s the classic absence of evidence, not evidence of absence.

    In natural phenomena, Occam’s razor would normally speak to the assessment of the expert, but with human beings, we are not exactly dealing with natural phenomena.

    • This story is a long way from over. There are too many loose ends, any one of which could unravel next – e.g., police investigation(s) in progress, former Ford staffers with stories to tell/sell, a whole community of drug users/dealers from whom informers could be recruited, probable copies of the video still in play, etc., etc.

      This is just the intermission. The movie is a two reeler, at least.

      • As long as compromised journalistic apologetics lets coke Cook, Dolittle, et al off the hook, abuses properly incensed professors of journalism, and DISQUS-blocks justly trenchant commenters, they can keep a semblance of this story alive.

        Without that, the story would have died a week ago.

        • Welcome to communication in the 21st century.

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