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New Details About the Alleged Rob Ford Crack Video Surface

Gawker publishes a reconstruction of the events that allegedly led to the creation of the now-infamous video.

Earlier this week, Rob Ford’s crack scandal was showing signs of blowing over, as exhausted reporters began to give up their vigil outside the mayor’s office at City Hall. How quickly things change. Thanks to some fresh revelations, there’s once again no end in sight.

Gawker, citing information from an unnamed source, has just published an article that reconstructs the sequence of events that supposedly led to the creation of the now-infamous video that allegedly shows Ford smoking crack.

The Gawker article makes the following claims, which we have no way of verifying:

  • Ford frequented a home, at 15 Windsor Road in North Etobicoke, that was known to neighbours as “a crackhouse, essentially.”
  • Fabio Basso, the son of the owner of the home, is Ford’s longtime friend.
  • When visiting, Ford would go on drug “binges” with members of the Basso family in the basement of the home.
  • The crack video was recorded six to eight months ago during one of these binges, when drug dealers from the neighbouring apartment building at 320 Dixon Road were called over to supply Ford and others at the Windsor Road house with crack.
  • The photo that was published along with the reports about the video by both Gawker and the Toronto Star was taken the same night as the video. Gawker‘s source told the website that the group that brought the drugs over asked for a photo with the mayor. Fabio Basso didn’t want them to take it inside the house, and so “Ford ran outside like a schoolgirl to have that picture taken.”
  • Days after Gawker broke the story of the video’s existence, “two large men” went to the home and demanded that Fabio Basso help them find the person who took the video.
  • After a few days of repeat visits, one of the men returned to the home and beat Basso and his girlfriend with a steel pipe, putting Basso in the hospital.

Some details of this story are corroborated elsewhere. Both the Globe and the Star have published articles that identify 15 Windsor Road as the address where a photo was taken of Ford with his arms around two men who were later on the wrong end of a shooting. The photo was provided to reporters by the owner of the crack video as a way of establishing his credibility.

The Star‘s article identifies the Basso family as the home’s owners and says the place has a neighbourhood reputation for being somehow involved with the drug trade. The article also clarifies the relationship between Ford and Fabio Basso: they knew each other from high school, it says.

The Star also agrees that police responded to a home invasion and assault at 15 Windsor Road recently—though its article doesn’t mention a steel pipe. A police spokesman told the paper that the attack happened on May 21.

For its part, Gawker says its source knew some now-established details of the case before they were made public, which would seem to vouch for his or her reliability.

Many of the above details have not been confirmed by another source outside of Gawker‘s contact. As more and more articles are published, however, a picture of sorts is slowly coming into focus—not just of one particular moment, but a bigger portrait of the mayor’s alleged ongoing behaviour. Rob Ford continues to refuse to answer questions about the evolving story, and has not yet responded in any way to this latest development.

Comments

  • WhateverDudes

    Wake me up when any of this shit actually has any relevance to Ford leaving office

    • iSkyscraper

      It’s an interesting point. Let’s say Rob pulls a Leafs incident, says “Ok, fine, you got me, I smoked crack there. Whatever. I have it under control, and it hasn’t stopped me from SAVING YOU A BILLION DOLLARS! LOWEST TAXES ON EARTH! SUBWAYS SUBWAYS SUBWAYS”.

      And a lot of people would still say “Ok, he’s human, I’ll take the crack addict who is holding down unions and taxes and cyclist commie pinkos over that limp-wristed David Miller any day.”

      But it won’t be enough to win re-election. The mushy middle will take a lot but they won’t vote for a crack smoking lunatic, not twice anyway.

      • Lee Zamparo

        Depends on the alternatives on the ballot. It also depends on people making their own decisions on what affects their lives the most. If they voted Ford and he had minimal effect on municipal governance this time around (due to absenteeism / intransigence / what have you), what makes you think Ford voters in 2010 would not vote for him in 2014?

        Please understand that I’m against having a lazy part-time mayor, and opposed to just about every one of his policies. It’s embarrasing for our city that I love, and a drag on municipal affairs in general to not have an effective leader to drive policy. But I don’t see a Ford Nation voter changing their ways just because of a bunch of stories that originated in the Star or Gawker (which they probably don’t even read).

        • iSkyscraper

          I hear you, and Ford will always get 25-30% support no matter what, provided no other conservative is running.

          But a LOT of people in old Toronto still voted for him in 2010 to push his vote total over the top, in places like Lawrence Park, Leaside, Forest Hill, etc. (Check out Wards 25 and 26, they actually went majority-Ford). These are not low-information voters and there is no way they are voting for him this time. I don’t see how he could win if he only appeals to the less-affluent parts of Etobicoke and Scarborough with a I-smoke-crack-and-keep-taxes-low appeal.

          • FinStockton

            I really like your description “low-information voters”, is that standard terminology?

            In reflecting back on how Ford got elected when leaders on both sides of the political spectrum seemed to think he was a lightweight, I’ve come to the conclusion that the poor quality of local TV news reporting has a lot to do with it. For the most part, City, CTV, CBC, and Global just played soundbites, with zero analysis of whether campaign promises were at all realistic (or wise). Even “analysts” like Stephen LeDrew are way more interested in the theatre of politics than in whether any of these policies would, you know, actually be *a good idea*.

            To most people in Toronto, all the evidence and allegations against the Fords is just noise. They don’t read the papers carefully, or the blogs, they just flick on the news in the evening. Where they see the Fords adamantly denying all the allegations as fiction.

            What’s needed is better TV journalists. And a clear and compelling candidate who can coalesce opposition to the Fords. A talking head with brains.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    I can’t wait for this to become a TV movie.

    • Brock

      Too cheap to pay to see it in a theater?

      • dsmithhfx

        It would never get a theatrical release because Rob Ford is a nobody, a honey boo-boo in an overgrown man’s body. Straight to video.

        • Brock

          For a nobody, he seems to consume much of your life as of late.

          • dsmithhfx

            Rob Ford is the mayor of my city. He’s done a lot of damage in that role, and I want him gone. To the rest of the world, he is worthy of some chuckles on late-night television. That’s about it.

          • http://leftytgirl.wordpress.com/ Savannah

            Probably has something to do with him being the mayor and sabotaging the future of the city’s infrastructure and all that.

          • the_lemur

            FYI, the expression is ‘of late’, not ‘as of late’, Darren Dave Brock.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        They don’t put TV movies in theatres, trollbot.

        • Brock

          You so smart.

      • CentreOfAttention

        You call yourself a Canadian, and you spell like a bloody American? Smells fishy, eh? Sod off, you ‘Zee’ sayer, spelling-butcher, Yankee!

    • crookedrealist

      *paging the ghost of chris farley*

  • Guest

    Wow…Now I can read the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail and Gawker for amateurish works of fiction. When are they going to give it up. When will they provide the public with real evidence to back their story up instead of relying on “unnamed sources”.

    • HotDang

      Don’t forget the Post, the Sun, and the CBC. Journalists reporting from anonymous sources is real evidence.

    • hawk777

      Says the unnamed, unregistered guest.

    • Andy Poolhall

      Wasn’t Deep Throat an unnamed source (until recently) that brought down a sitting President Nixon

      • Brock

        There was actual facts in that case. This situation is not supported by any fact.

        • Andy Poolhall

          Not in the beginning and This is Just the Beginning

          • Brock

            The beginning of a huge hoax.

          • Graeme

            You don’t really beleive that, do you? Please, ask yourself: which is more likely, that every news outlet in the country is involved in a massive conspiracy to bring down Ford for undetermined reasons, or that Ford is just kind of a shady guy?

          • marc

            The first, because the MSM, run by rich straight white men is out to get hard-working, straight, rich white men. That’s what Sarah Palin said.

          • Graeme

            Rob Ford is not hard-working. And Sarah Palin is a lunatic.

          • Andy Poolhall

            LOL gotta love Low voltage Types

          • FinStockton

            Brock: There are a lot of facts so far. The fact that a photo exists of Ford with the shooting victims in front of a drug house that’s known to police. The fact that Ford went to high school with a resident of the drug house. And the fact that Ford has yet to address in any way the allegations that are piling up.

            Also: Ford previously lied about harassing a small-town family at a Leafs game in 2006, then only admitted the truth when he was proven to be there. And in 2010 he lied about his ’99 arrest for DUI and marijuana in Florida, then only admitted the truth when his conviction was revealed.

            As in the case of Watergate, I suspect it’s the *cover-up* rather than the act itself that will ultimately bring the Fords down.

          • Brock

            If there was any legitimacy to any of the allegations, do you not feel that at least one credible source would have gone to the police or the media? This so called story is nothing more than a fabricated daily soap at this stage that a percentage of the populous want to believe because of hate for the person in question.

          • FinStockton

            Brock: I think it’s very reasonable that no one is willing to put their neck on the line as the poster boy for allegations.

            It’s well-known that the Fords have a reputation for being fierce political opponents – for example, they kept John Tory out of the last mayoral race, which took some serious balls. When Sarah Thomson publicly revealed that Rob Ford exually harassed her, she was attacked from all sides by the media. And the newest allegations suggest two ads were beaten with a pipe by thugs because they wouldn’t help track down the video.

            Why would any “credible source” want to come out to the media? They’d be attacked from all sides, a glutton for punishment.

            It’s a smart move for sources to remain anonymous, but still reveal the truth by speaking to the media. And the media seem to be using the revelations to piece together the truth.

          • Brock

            I have swamp land to sell you in Florida.

          • FinStockton

            That’s it Brock, no response to my argument?

            Just a smug, meaningless statement that adds nothing to the debate?

          • OgtheDim

            As I say to the con-bots on the G&M site, have none of you read “All the President’s Men”?

            A non-denial denial is not doing you any good.

          • HotDang

            He’s not here to debate. He’s here to prove he still holds the faith. You’re arguing with a Ford fundamentalist. You may as well be arguing with a brick wall.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Brock/Dave Williams/Gage/etc is an astroturf bot sent here to spread uncertainty and doubt. Do no engage as you would a real human.

          • Brock

            Fin, if nothing else that Star has done what it intended, it has raised the traffic on its site and likely increased revenues. Can you even agree that they have a strong motive to keep this hoax going?

          • FinStockton

            Brock: the scenario you describe is pure fantasy. Fixating on the Star ignores that the allegations are coming from all sides: The Globe & Mail, American news sites, other local politicians, and local blogs.

            What you’re suggesting is that they’re all engaged in a massive, coordinated fraud – opening themselves up to expensive libel suits and risking destroying their reputations – in order to gain marginal extra web traffic. Despite the fact that real-time ad auctions mean income from online ads is being forced down, shifting newspapers like the Star and Globe to rely more heavily on subscription fees.

            Brock: I’m a strong believer in debate and critique, but nothing you’ve alleged here seems even remotely plausible. I honestly feel like reading your posts has made us all a bit dumber.

          • Brock

            I am not stating that they are running a massive coordinated fraud what I am stating if you can comprehend actual logic is that an initial fraud has been created by a publication that has ruthlessly attacked a person. All other publications that have picked up on the story and printing their versions as the story sells regardless of truth.
            No facts have been verified, proven, or even validated. The whole story has no legs.

            If you do not think that newspapers have sensationalized stories to sell papers and increase traffic on their websites, you are even more dense that you appear.

          • FinStockton

            Brock: what you are alleging is a paranoid delusion.

            Early on, there may have been some merit to questioning the motivations behind certain allegations, since Rob Ford, his policies, and his ability to do the job are so heavily disliked by some people. It’s the kind of thing that makes people *want* to believe allegations like this.

            But over time, many *many* facts have been verified, proven and validated, and the picture they paint isn’t pretty. The scenario you’re outlining is so fantastical that it makes you look naive.

            If you believe so passionately in Rob Ford’s policies then I suggest you turn your energies elsewhere, to other people who hold similar views. Because the conspiracy theory you’re peddling in so many comments on here is going to get more and more outlandish. It’s a waste of your time Brock.

          • Brock

            In this case then, name one verified fact and not one from an “unnamed” source?

          • FinStockton

            Sure Brock: three different journalists, from two different news organizations, separately viewed a cell phone video. All three believed it to show the mayor, Rob Ford, smoking crack cocaine.

            A published photo of the mayor, Rob Ford, shows him posing in front of a known drug den, that was recently the site of a home invasion. Two of the men in that photo have since been shot.

            Now it’s your turn Brock. Can you name a verified fact that backs up your allegations the media have committed “fraud” and this is all a “hoax”?

          • Brock

            Three journalists words mean nothing as all three could not authenticate the video and both publications printed that they could not authenticate it.

            I am at a loss on what a photo proves as Obama was in a photo with Ray Lewis who is accused of murder, does that make Obama a person who associates with murders?

            Again, you make no strong argument.

          • FinStockton

            Brock:

            There are a lot of important decisions where we trust the accounts of eye-witnesses. For example: in murder trials, often there isn’t a public video of the murder, so we have to rely on the testimony of witnesses. If the facts support the testimony of the witnesses, then we’re willing to send people to jail for a long time. Despite the lack of a public video.

            But let’s get back to the main point. Brock, I like your focus on verified, proven, validated facts. Please name one that backs up your allegations that the media have committed “fraud” and this is all a “hoax”.

          • Brock

            The example of the fraud is by posting a story on hearsay alone, no fact.

            I am surprised that you actually remember to breathe without a reminder every few moments.

          • FinStockton

            Brock:

            I’m missing something. Where is the *verified, validated* proof that the video is hearsay?

            I’m trying to understand how your “fact” meets your own standard for proof. So far, your allegations about a media conspiracy sound like a paranoid delusion.

            I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings – let’s just focus on the debate at hand, okay?

          • vampchick21

            Seems that there is confusion in some quarters as to what hearsay is. http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/H/Hearsay.aspx

            Evidence that is offered by a witness of which they do not have direct knowledge but, rather, their testimony is based on what others have said to them.

            So therefore, a journalist who watched a video and then reported on the contents of that video is NOT hearsay. They watched said video. They reported what they saw.

          • Shoestring

            It is fact that three journalists saw the video. If the video appeared, would you then say there’s no proof that the video is authentic – that it was doctored? What’s most believable about this video is the comments made by Ford – no one could make that stuff up! That’s Ford-speak all the way.

          • BjamesT

            It’s not court, there is no hear say. It’s reporting on what the journalists saw. That is their job.

          • BjamesT

            The three journalists never said “Rob Ford smokes crack”. Okay, Gawker did kind of say that, but that’s splitting hairs.
            What they said was “we saw a video that appears to show the Mayor of Toronto smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe”. They are relating the fact of what they saw. That is the very essence of what journalists do. They report on what they observe. I don’t believe for a second that they did not sit in a car in a rough neighbourhood at night with some shady characters to view a video. Why would they make that up? The two of them. And Cooke at Gawker?

          • Lee Zamparo

            What about the tweets by one of the Ford staffers who recently quit?

          • Brock

            That would not even be admissible evidence in small claims court.

          • Lee Zamparo

            Maybe so, but we’re not in small claims court, we have the benefit of drawing upon more evidence as we see fit. Do you really assign zero weight to all the evidence that has come to light here? How do you explain the exodus from the mayor’s office of Towhey et al? And why did Towhey and David Price give sworn statements to Toronto Police?

          • BjamesT

            Is this in the courts already? Are you suggesting that there is a higher burden of proof on the media than there is litigants in court?

          • BjamesT

            The story started on Gawker, who had no previous issues with Ford. The Star did not “break” this story, nor did they invent it, nor were they at any point through this the only outlet reporting it. Even Ford’s so-called buddies at the Sun trying to get to the bottom of this. And that does not mean “admit that there is no video”.

          • Sean Dixon

            Yeah, that you bought from Rob Ford. Sorry: you’re stuck with it.

          • vampchick21

            I think where the problem lies here is that people associate anonymous sources with the type of reporting that happens in celebrity tabloids, where half the time the anonymous source is the tabloid writer themselves. That particular practice has some people associating legitimate anonymous sources in legitimate news with the tabloids and therefore not true, because they are unable to recognize two very different things.

          • FinStockton

            Good point, hadn’t considered that!

            You singlehandedly just doubled the IQ of this comments section btw, vampchick. . .

          • vampchick21

            Dawwww! :) The other part of the issue is that many people invested a great deal of their trust and belief into Ford and are having a very, very hard time watching this unfold. I’m starting to liken their reaction to a parent who’s been told by a teacher that their kid was caught behind the school smoking a joint.

          • Brock

            Eye witnesses in murder trials in many cases have proven to be non credible. Why would anyone in their right mind buy a story from an alleged crack dealer without any proof whatsoever is just amazing. We call ourselves an educated country, but the amount of people that are buying this snake oil really show how little our society has progressed.

          • Anthony

            I think Brock is a plant for Rob and Doug Ford. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brock was on Rob Ford’s staff the way this guy defends this man is pathetic.

          • BjamesT

            I think Brock IS Doug Ford.

          • FinStockton

            Journalists generally make good eyewitnesses, since they stake the future of their careers on their credibility.

            Brock: we’re still waiting for a “verified, proven, validated fact” that backs up your allegations that the media have committed fraud and this is all a hoax. Looking forward to reading it.

          • John Duncan

            The people to whom the crack dealer was shilling the video were able to watch it themselves–aka they were presented with proof. Three different journalists came forth and stated that they did in fact watch said video.

          • Shoestring

            The fact that Ford is mayor shows how little our society has progressed.

          • BjamesT

            Do you think anyone with any direct knowledge of this situation (ie people who smoke crack) would be especially interested in talking to the cops? If you’re a crack dealer with a video, do you want your name in the paper?

            There is nothing wrong with media using anonymous sources. Without them, there would be very little news indeed.

          • dsmithhfx

            No, it’s only a small one. But keep pumping.

        • bobloblawbloblawblah

          Really? Three reporters have seen this video. There’s a photo of the Mayor standing in front of 15 Windsor, a house the neighbours regard a “crack house”. It defies logic to think that 2 reporters from the Star would risk their career to fabricate a story that slanders Ford. It defies logic even further to think that every media outlet in the country would join in.

          • Brock

            So you are stating that in the history of reporting, no reporters of higher credibility have ever lied about a story? Maybe should explain that concept to Michael Gartner, the former President of NBC news, as his credibility once rated higher than all three of these so called journalists and he risked his career for a story that eventually sunk him.

          • Anthony

            Three different people saw the video Brock it exists when three people from two different countries all say they saw Rob Ford smoke crack we know it is true! The house where Ford smoked crack has been identified, the neighbours and Toronto police say it is a well known crack house. Ford also NEVER denied that he ever smoked crack in his life. Ford made a carefully worded statement which smacks of a cheap denial. How much is Ford paying you Brock to be on his pay roll?

    • LogicToronto

      Real evidence like an accurate identification of the house from the photo, information from a named police source that confirms the occupants of said house suffered a violent home invasion days after the scandal was published, and irrefutable historical connection between the mayor and one of the house’s occupants?

      Throw Rob Ford’s utter refusal to answer simple questions on top and you have a lot of signs pointing in the same, suspicious direction.

  • Brock

    Folklore at its best. several suckers believing everything that is being sold. I wonder how many people here would not be alive if a cure for polio was only introduced in the new millennium?

    • Stephen Job

      Wut

    • marc

      lol go home Brock, you’re drunk

    • andrew97

      Mr. Mayor, you’ve gotta lay off the crack in the middle of the day.

      • Brock

        Very old at this point. Lacks any originality.

        • andrew97

          Wow, that would have been SUCH A BURN except I used the same line on “Dave Williams” three days ago

    • iSkyscraper

      “Folklore” doesn’t explain certain corroborating details being posted on a blog in March long before the house story broke. (See Torontomike.com) You can’t fake that, so it must be the world’s craziest coincidence combined with a lie. Not terribly likely.

    • Anthony

      The only sucker is you Brock for drinking Rob Ford’s kool aid. You continue to defend this SOB even though evidence is mounting. Ford will eventually crack and tell the truth.

    • rich1299

      Rob Ford’s long and well documented history of being a chronic liar isn’t in the least bit of doubt. In some cases he continues to lie even after irrefutable proof is presented such as the Florida police charge sheet stating he was charged with DUI and not the failing to provide a breathalyzer sample that he continued to insist he had been charged with despite the hard evidence.

      When deciding whom to believe each person’s credibility plays a major role, Ford is an undisputed chronic liar on the public record while there is no evidence of any of the three journalists who saw the video ever having lied, not even once, in any news article they wrote. So who to believe, the guy who is a well documented and proven chronic liar in the course of his job and on the public record? or the three journalists who have never even faced a serious accusation of lying let alone having been proved liars in any news article they wrote?

      Anyone who believes anything a proven chronic liar says is going to have a rough go of things in this world.

  • OgtheDim

    And onto the next bit.

    This isn’t going to end well people.

    • dsmithhfx

      Yet I feel hopeful…

  • sthompse

    I think you all need to understand that anonymous sources are a part of journalism. As well, there are Whistleblowers in all areas of government. I think this story is coming together as the journalists get the facts. We would be angry if the media didn’t report on it, yet people are frustrated that they are?

  • THINK!

    And this is how a police case is put together…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Lis/571716919 Walter Lis

    Were one (or more, to throw off the scent) Cadillac Escalades parked around the neighbourhood?

    • OgtheDim

      TRAFFIC CAMS!

      • dsmithhfx

        If you look at the map it shows the house in question is fairly close to Don Bosco. Easy walk.

        • Brock

          Rob Ford in sweats near Don Bosco where he coached a football team. How rare would that be to run into a former player or two and pose for a photo after practice or with the team on a conditioning jog? What a far fetched concept.

          • Graeme

            Yeah, Rob Ford jogs a lot.

          • Brock

            Judging by the way he was sweating in the photo, is it obvious that he is not an athlete.

          • Graeme

            Judging from the company he keeps, is it obvious he’s not a reputable person?

          • Brock

            He has been photographed thousands of times with many people, that does not mean he is a personal friend of each one of them. He is the most accessible mayor we have seen, that is why his approval rating has not dropped even with this fabricated story. There is a side of this city that will believe most anything printed in the Star, at the end of the day, the Star knows they are playing them all as suckers.

          • Graeme

            Dude. He’s lied and been found out SEVERAL times before. How you continue to believe him with such fervor is nothing short of incredible. I don’t know the truth, and I’m not claiming to, but the man has MUCH less credibility at this point than one reporter, let alone every news outlet in the country combined. But hey, enjoy all those “subways subways subways” he’s built for you. Idiot.

          • iSkyscraper

            There is a side of this city that will disbelieve absolutely anything about Rob Ford that they choose to.

            A photo in front of a random house, that’s one thing. In front of his friend’s house? At night? No, the “I was out jogging” thing does not fly. Plus Ford hasn’t even claimed this excuse!

          • MER1978

            Frankly I would rather a completely inaccessible mayor who actually answers questions about his actions + policies than a mayor who spends much of his time glad handing random people in a city of millions.

          • Brock

            Fortunately we have a mayor that follows up on what he was elected for and is not afraid of his constituents. That is refreshing.

          • MER1978

            It isn’t about being afraid of constituents… it’s about the fact that he voluntarily applied to be the leader of a city with a 9 billion dollar budget which employs tens of thousands of people to provide that sort of service to millions of citizens. Wasting his non football coaching time personally helping dozens of people is nowhere in the job description.

          • BjamesT

            No he doesn’t. Where are the private funds for Subways? How’s the Land Transfer Tax? What about privatising all the agencies? Oh look, there are still Libraries.

            Let’s all just be thankful that he CANNOT do the things he promised. What a disaster that would be.

          • BjamesT

            A conditioning jog? Rob Ford. Seriously. There is NO WAY that man is going on a jog.

        • the_lemur

          It’s also not far from Deco.

  • OgtheDim

    Serious question.

    If Rob were to say, “I did not use crack ever, and I was not there.” and was found out to be lying, how would that be worse then his current approach of shaping bits of truth in order to not be seen to be lying?

  • Astin44

    Why do people keep feeding the troll?

    Oh right, comment relevant to the post… ummm… I’m seriously impressed with Rob’s ability to keep his mouth shut about this. This is a guy who has said and done so many embarrassing things, been caught lying, over-shares, and now has his lips are sealed tight. That alone gives the impression that something is seriously amiss. Like everyone he actually listens to has pounded it through his thick, stubborn skull that he should say NOTHING about this.

    “Any other questions?”

    • dsmithhfx

      Saying nothing has proven to be a huge mistake. If he had admitted at the outset, ‘Yes I have a substance abuse problem,’ let the video out and gone away for treatment, it would have pretty much defused the whole situation. Yesterday’s news. Brother Dougie could hold the fort for a month or two, Rob could come back and have a fighting chance at saving his career in politics (though I’m not sure why he’d want to, maybe he’s drunk on power as well as booze and crack?). That’s the professional advice he was given, and didn’t take. This keeping shtum is classic Rob Ford, and it must be like Chinese water torture for him and his supporters. Drip, drip, drip. But who knows, maybe he’s a willing victim and a masochist, and gets off on the attention and melodrama.

  • brock / dave williams

    since i cant see it i dont believe it. Also molecules are BULLSHIT.
    I am thankful that rob ford continues to embarrass my city and in my mind I re-elect Rob Ford everyday.

  • LT

    This is amusement reading only. The only crack record ford has is holding pigs at city hall from taking my money. Fu@k u all. I’d rather have a crackhead then a leftist cu@@t

    • The Ministry of Truth

      Amen brother! I’d rather live in a Toronto run by a government of the crackheads, by the crackheads, and for the crackheads than the out of touch leftard Milleristas who have never smoked a hint of crack in their lives.

      • dsmithhfx

        Keep your pipe filled.

      • BjamesT

        It’s not about the crack. It’s about the lying, and about the racist and homophobic hatred out of his mouth, and the poor judgement.

  • Anthony

    I hope Rob Ford is caught soon this circus is hurting the city of Toronto and making us a laughing stock around the world. Hopefully another copy of the video exists and it will rise to the surface so the world can see it.

  • Steve Fleck

    The dots keep getting connected. The Mayor likes to say he’s “accessible” – an honorable pursuit. However, how is it that the Mayor of the 4th largest city in North America is any where within 100 miles of this story?

  • Steveinto

    I would really like the conspiracy believers out there to explain the logistics of mounting a conspiracy to oust Rob Ford. One that involves multiple media outlets in different formats inside and well outside Toronto and Canada,and countless average citizens as far reaching as the media outlets. How do you get that many people involved. How do you keep the story consistent with the same mounting information. How do you not get anyone to crack and say it is all fake. How did the Star arrange all that?

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Magic can’t be explained, and faith doesn’t need evidence.

  • Robert K

    So now Rob Ford was smoking crack at night in a basement? Doesn’t square with the accounts of the video given by both Star reporters in print and interviews. They
    clearly state it was shot during the day with sunlight streaming through a nearby
    window. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Steveinto

      An addiction means you will, in this case, smoke crack more then once. And in all likely hood in any time of the day. What are you smoking?

      • Robert K

        Yeah but do you have to be videotaped with a cellphone camera every
        time you do it? Oh right the mayor’s an idiot sorry

      • DNter

        A guy I knew only smoked on weekends. Owned a successful business at the time. He drank on weekdays, with occasional coke if someone brought it over. He got super fat during that time bc he would binge eat during the day. So RF can be a high functioning user without being an addict yet. The guy made a series of bad decisions the killed the business but he’s been to rehab. Lost a lot of weight now that he’s off drugs.

    • FinStockton

      You’re right Robert – I caught that too.

      Gawker has since posted a correction: “This post originally referred at two points to the “night the video was taken.” That was written in haste; the video I saw actually appears to have been shot during daylight.”

    • Shoestring

      Yeah, it could have been sunset in winter, then dark 20 minutes later. Ford could have been partying with them for hours (time flies when you’re having fun, ya know). Neither of these possibilities occurred to you before you posted?

    • BjamesT

      It was stated that he was on a binge. Stands to reason that the video was taken in the afternoon/evening (the house has westerly windows) and the photo taken an hour or so later as he was leaving. It was taken “within the last 6 months”, which would put this in winter lighting conditions, where you could be in streaming sunlight at 4:00 and darkness less than an hour later.

  • Antivaughan

    Wow! Alli see here is a bunch of communist delusional babies..wait till the home owning 50 hour per week tax paying workers start ruling..you’ll all starve to death like the animals you are.

    • dsmithhfx

      Step away from the keyboard…

    • sezme

      Yo, Antivaughan, I’m a home-owning, 50-hour-a-week-working Tax payer. When I start ruling, Rob Ford and friends will be in jail (because of all the crack, and general thugishness). Also, I’ll make sure nobody starves like the animals they are.

      • Antiyoucommunists

        When we take over there won’t be any racist delusional uneducated marxist running anything more complicated than a hot dog stand..we’re pissed and we won’t be taking this manipulation much longer.

        • OgtheDim

          Now I know you are taking the wee wee.

          No self respecting Fordite would use the word manipulation in any context.

          • Anticommy

            Wheres that racist,marxist,uneducated,lying,deceiving,plagjahhhrizinnn,thief,”Mr” Spence?Hey Spence..When will you admit that you gots dat tdsb direktors job through “White Privilege” you silly MOFO.Your kind will all be defeated..democracy will rule and you will all be made to look like the looooosers you all are..mark my words you commies.

          • Brock

            Don’t even feed that guy, in a week he will flip his story just to keep pissing people off.

      • OgtheDim

        You are just plain Stupid.

        • OgtheDim

          Looks like somebody is wanting to use my name as I didn’t write that one.

          Not my style to call somebody “plain” anything.

          • Antiyouloosers

            COMMUNISTS!!!!,,We will defeat you delusionals..first thing is we get rid of the welfare state,,then free,subsidized housing..we’ll watch all your azzes starve on the sidewalks of TO,just like back home in your third world animal shiethoes.

          • A dumb Vaghina

            I Adumb Vaghina is a communista.

  • Antivaughan

    By the way..I see adumb vaghina blaming the great Honourable Ford for kicking out an old man from the Tchc welfare sucking housing scheme..and the real blame should be on that minority standing on the side lines looking all innocent..please spare me your BS a dumb vaghina..yeah dry all at risk and underprivileged..bwahahahaha…we’re ready for your little game.

  • Antivaughan

    Hey where’s Mr Spence?…notice how the director of the TDSB gets caught without an education,a lying cheating racist, and the communist media in TO says NOTHING!!!