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Posted by Lauren McKeon on July 04, 2011

Toronto city councillor Doug Ford spoke on AM640's the John Oakley Show today about Canada Day, Pride, his time at the cottage, and, what else, the Toronto Star.

Needless to say, after the Toronto Star showed up on his cottage doorstep, Ford isn't any more impressed with the paper than he ever was. Here's how he responded when Oakley asked what he made of the Star paying him a visit:

"Well you know something the Toronto Star, as far I'm concerned, they practice Soviet-era journalism. For them to show up at our cottage and start interrogating [my] daughter, because Rob and I were up in Huntsville ... wanting to know where he was, what store he was in in Huntsville, was totally unacceptable. They're the only media outlet that bothered us all weekend and it's no surprise. We just do not see eye-to-eye with the Toronto Star whatsoever. They're a bunch of socialists as far as I'm concerned."

Ford went on to say the Star is also the most ruthless newspaper in the country.

What do you think? Was showing up at the cottage fair game?


Ford's a public figure, and this was a huge story. Assuming Doug is being liberal with his use of the word "interrogate," I'd say, yeah, the move was fair game.
It's outrageous to bother him at his cottage. He had the right to make the choice he did, just like the people who chose to take part in the parade. So how does journalism excuse such a breach of common decency?
As a retired long-time journalist I am confounded on what passes for news nowadays. Attending or not attending any particular event is a non-story. Who cares, whom does it impact, why "manufacture" news? Today's media are a far cry from real journalism like it used to exist.
There is one of those rare instances when a reporter, assigned to ferret out a local politician at his cottage, even if it means interrogating his daughter, to inquire why he didn't attend a parade, can justifiably say "No, I won't do that" and defend his/her decision on grounds of impropriety, inconsequentiality and a whole lot of other bases. To argue that this story is "huge" is goofy. It's huge only in the hyperactive imagination of an assignment editor trying to fill a paper in a slow summer. It's a parade, for heaven's sake! (Although what this has to do Soviet-era journalism is unclear.)

Oh, oh, can I be next- I want to be called a socialist too-- please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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