The Star and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are in a scrap again. There have been many.
The latest is the allegation Ford was asked to leave a gala event because he was intoxicated. It went on to say his inner circle has requested that he seek counselling for his alcohol abuse for some time.
Ford denies it all.
But a Toronto councillor, Paul Ainslie, referenced in the Star as “a strong Ford ally,” told the newspaper Ford was asked to leave. He wouldn’t say why.
There were a couple of other people who said the mayor was “fine” on the night of the gala.
The event co-chair Mark McQueen said people were posing for pictures with Ford and many were glad-handing. But he only saw the mayor from a distance.
Many unattributed sources say Ford was indeed drunk and stumbling. Some people in attendance were reportedly offended.
Sarah Thomson, a Toronto businesswoman and former mayoral candidate, was interviewed for this latest story as two weeks earlier she said the mayor groped her at a function. The mayor basically said she was off her rocker.
This is very troubling as discrediting someone who accuses you of a serious offence is the easy way out.
Thomson would only say this time that Ford’s family was in her prayers.
Ford’s behaviour has been erratic, but does he have an abuse problem? The Star says it’s “an open secret.”
Time will tell if the Star is correct. You can only hide a problem for so long.
I suspect there is some truth to the story. The problem is there are so many people unwilling to have their names printed that it becomes very murky.
It is understandable that Ford’s staff would fear losing their jobs if they went on the record.
But there has to be somebody far enough removed from Ford’s office that they are willing to speak up.
This leaves the Star looking like it has a vendetta, as the paper has been accused of in the past when it comes to Ford.
So is this good journalism?
If someone has a personal problem, does it have anything to do with his/her public role?
Well, yes, if it is affecting the way he or she does the job.
I would have liked the Star to work more sources until a few accountable people emerged. The Star does say it contacted many people at the function and most did not return calls. It became an issue of running with what they had or waiting and perhaps never getting the story to print.
The Star stands by its story, of course.
What is your opinion of this latest blow between the news organization and the Toronto mayor?
Here is said story.