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The Rob Ford Radio Recap: Bingo

Every Sunday, Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Doug, host The City, a two-hour talk show on Newstalk 1010. We listen so you don't have to.

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Rob and Doug Ford in the studio. Photo courtesy of Newstalk 1010.

Oh boy, it’s the Sunday after Ford Fest, so I’m extra jazzed to hear from the Fords, Fords, Fords. Hopefully brother Randy joins too—he was at Ford Fest on Friday wearing his black cowboy hat and shirt with a gold chain—but that’s probably asking for too much. Either way, off we go!

1:08: As Rob and Doug discuss their routes to the Newstalk 1010 studio at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue, we get our first mention of the so-called St. Clair Disaster. This is the fastest they’ve ever mentioned it, so make sure your Ford bingo cards are ready.

1:10: Rob and Doug discuss Ford Fest, the Scarborough burger extravaganza that went down on Friday night. Says Rob, “It’s very humbling. We want to thank the people very much for their outpouring of support.”

1:12: Doug apologizes for the long wait in the hamburger line, which he says was close to three hours (I would estimate two hours). For the next Ford Fest there will be more grills to speed up the process, which is welcome news to Ford Nation’s ears.

1:14: Doug criticizes the CBC for not giving Ford Fest its due by reporting lowball attendance estimates and failing to describe it as the largest political barbecue ever for an elected official in Toronto. Shame!

1:16: Rob and Doug do parodies of Rob and Doug:

Rob: “The people came up to me and said ‘don’t give up.’ Straight in the eye. Thousands of people, and they were dead serious. Like, do not give up. So I’m not giving up. We’re going full out. They’re the people, you know, are just ready to go to war.”

Doug: “Those are our type of people, Rob. The hard-working, blue-collar folks that we absolutely love. You know folks, what this comes down to is the social elites, the establishment that have run this city for years, their hands have been pulled out of the cookie jar and they don’t like it. And I always tell everyone that the average folks, like yourself Rob, or the people who were at that BBQ, there’s more of us than there are of them.”

Everyone playing along just hit Ford Radio bingo.

1:20: We go to calls early today, with Bill on line two. He says he knows the mayor has been sidetracked by a lot of craziness, but he hopes he can get done what he promised to do. The mayor then claims he’s fulfilled 85 per cent of his promises, which by Metro‘s calculation is far from the truth. Doug says that the people who are sidetracked are the media. In other news, Torontoist is happy to offer Doug a media criticism column if he so desires.

1:23: Doug, on subways: “We had a phenomenal plan, an 81-page report with KPMG, Dr. Gordon Chong’s report, and guess what folks, they throw it in the garbage.”

Actually Doug, you threw it in the garbage. When the report recommended that multiple user fees and taxes would have to be introduced even in the best case scenario, you happily forgot the contents of the report. And when it came time for council to vote on transit revenue tools, you voted against the same ones the report mentioned. So yeah, Doug Ford, you’re wrong.

1:24: Rob takes issue with Newstalk’s John Moore debunking the Fords’ claim that they’ve saved the city a billion dollars, a talking point that has also been criticized by Metro, the Grid and the Globe and Mail. Even though Rob is categorically wrong, he’s audibly frustrated with what he feels is Moore’s unfair characterization. As if to make his younger brother feel better, Doug calls Moore a “downtown latte-drinking socialist.” Rob says he “feels sorry for that man.”

1:36: Rob says that if Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) or Peter Milczyn (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) wins the provincial by-election in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, he’d prefer a city by-election to fill the empty council seat, rather than an appointment.

1:52: Doug Ford, out of context: “They don’t understand the governance process.” Oh Doug.

1:56: Doug Ford talks about the hypocrisy of councillors who support subways in Scarborough for political reasons, and he’s right to do so, although he’s doing it for the wrong reasons.

2:02: Janet on line one says she loves subways, and sounds like a typical Ford Nation caller. But then she surprises everyone when she brings up last week’s big subway delays and the need for better maintenance and more funding. “You talk about subways, subways, subways,” says Janet. “But who the hell is going to pay for them?” Doug says that they’ll go out—worldwide!—and find a private company willing to build subways. But this misses the point, as those private companies need to be paid, and there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

The point is, if subways were as free as the hamburgers at Ford Fest, they would have been built long ago.

2:08: Toronto Argo Andre Durie is on the show, and the mayor is more comfortable conducting the sports interview than he is delivering any political speech. It’s actually very good sports radio, and the mayor’s passion is clear.

2:10: Mike from Scarborough calls in and says Ford Fest was cool. He goes on to say that people love Rob “because he’s real.” “He’s not that articulate sometimes, but he’s solid. He’s too busy to think about complicated things. Garbage. Clean parks. Policing. Good public housing. Those things.”

2:18: Rob previews the issues of the week, and one that he highlights as ‘huge’ is safe injection sites. Despite the fact that medical research vouches for their efficacy, Rob is opposed. “I do not want drug addicts hanging around our city. There’s going to be a place where people go and shoot drugs and get high…it’s really bad. We want to fight this.”

2:30: Peter on line one disagrees with safe injection sites. He thinks “these people” should be arrested and sent to detox. “I’m against drugs, and I’m against these activities going on in our fair city.” Toronto the Good!

2:36: James on line two is from Scarborough. “We deserve a subway,” he says. “We’re half this damn city.” Scarborough the Good!

2:50: Doug throws out a lot of questionable numbers that he says would have them “building subways tomorrow.” They would not.

2:56: Chris from Toronto thinks Rob and Doug are the best. “You guys are the coffee and the cream.” Chris then favourably compares the mayor to Mike Harris, one of the least liked politicians in Toronto.

2:58: Doug says Rob is doing a great job. “You’re known right across North America,” he says. This is true, although for different reasons than Doug thinks.

3:00: Doug blesses Ford Nation, and we depart for the week.

It was another week of talking points and half-truths on our mayoral radio show, which is to say it felt perfectly normal. But this normalcy just made the unspoken moments stand out all the more. When Rob railed against safe injection sites, no one spoke about the alleged crack video. When Rob and Doug bemoaned the fact that they can’t get 23 votes to pass any one of their myriad plans, neither of them mentioned how they haven’t been able to get one councillor to come on their show since the crack scandal broke. Instead, they offered Ford Fest as a sign of their political vitality. But here’s the thing: you can offer hamburgers for free and you can offer subways too, but you’ll only ever be able to deliver on one of those.

Three out of five whoppers.

Comments

  • OgtheDim

    “You talk about subways, subways, subways,” says Janet. “But who the hell is going to pay for them?”

    You know, I’d love it if a John Tory type would do that line at Ford during a debate, but the Ford answer would most likely be “efficiencies”.

    • Dogma

      “The private sector is just waiting to step in!”

      “Development charges!”

      “We just need to trim the gravy! The money is there folks!”

      “Hardworking people in Toronto shouldn’t have to pay more to have stuff!”

      etc etc

      • switcherdawna

        Oh, they expect to take money away from programs and housing for the poor, because God knows the rich people have to pay for their cottages, and four vacations a year.

    • MouseWithBrick

      Ford won’t attend a debate. Too many tricky questions.

  • wklis

    Is Rob Ford campaigning already? Isn’t the LEGAL start (unless changed by legislation) in January of 2014? Why can’t ALL candidates buy their votes like the Fords? Oh wait, if it was election day, then it would be vote buying. In the other non-election days, it is not vote buying, according to the Fords.

    • Your Momma

      It appears the Fords don’t have to follow any rules. They can do whatever they like and they get away with it, so business as usual for the Ford Babies.

  • McRib

    it amazes me that week after week this pair of hillbillies can insult people on air and nothing is ever done about it.

    Disagree with a Ford? You’re a latte sipping socialist and Rob “feels sorry for you”.

  • OgtheDim

    “the largest political barbecue ever for an elected official“

    Sounds like an MTV Movie Award category.

  • joe

    Don’t you think if Rob Ford really was a crack smoker, he’d be a little more in favour of injection sites? Just askin’?

    • Your Momma

      Naw, he’s a conservative. Rules and regulations and logic don’t apply to them

    • WoRPt

      Strange comment. First, I don’t buy into the crack scandal when there’s no real evidence. I usually don’t get involved in crack scandal debates. Besides, there are so many other reasons to not support Rob Ford.

      But, hypothetically, if he was a crack smoker, do you think he’d support injection sites? Do you really think injection sites are like the Starbucks of heroin? They’re for the destitute, people on the streets, possibly dangerous. They’re not for the elite millionaires club.

      Regardless of whether or not Ford does crack, you’d never see him, or anyone in his class, walking into an injection site. Just saying, it’s not an argument that really proves anything about Ford.

      I lost respect for the Toronto Star and it’s wham bam thank you mam journalism with the Ford crack scandal. But, I lost respect for Rob Ford long before any of that.

  • Alex

    Worst Toronto mayor ever.

  • dsmithhfx

    “I do not want drug addicts hanging around our city. There’s going to be
    a place where people go and shoot drugs and get high…it’s really bad.
    We want to fight this.”

    *boggles*

    • Punned_It

      Hey, come on down to Dundas and Sherbourne. No people shooting drugs and getting high there.
      Duh

  • switcherdawna

    … and how much of the two hours do they spend on commercial breaks? It seems they break every five minutes.

  • Lrt

    Where are your subways now idiot

  • wip1968

    “Doug says that they’ll go out—worldwide!—and find a private company willing to build subways.”

    My question is that 2-years into their mandate, why hasn’t there been any news of any private company anywhere in the world willing to put in subways, subways, subways in Toronto? And if the Doug and Rob are not even willing to travel outside of Toronto for fear of spending money, how are they going to even solicit interest from worldly private companies?

  • Paula

    Doug: “Those are our type of people, Rob. The hard-working, blue-collar
    folks that we absolutely love. You know folks, what this comes down to
    is the social elites, the establishment that have run this city for
    years, their hands have been pulled out of the cookie jar and they don’t
    like it. And I always tell everyone that the average folks, like
    yourself Rob, or the people who were at that BBQ, there’s more of us
    than there are of them.”

    Wow. WOW. That’s … Wow.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      “…the establishment that have run this city for years…”

      Said by a millionaire son of a career Toronto politician, whose brother has been in city government for 13 years.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD8ZtM1sWgI

      • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

        I just seriously do not understand how people fall for this. I have had many conversations recently with a few older white men, and they all do the whole “well, he does what he says he’s going to do, and he’s a straight talker”. Like, what???

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          Someone really should poll Ford’s supports and compare what they think is true against reality.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “You talk about subways, subways, subways,” says Janet. “But who the hell is going to pay for them?” Doug says that they’ll go out—worldwide!—and find a private company willing to build subways.”

    It’s three years into Rob Ford’s scandal marred, inept, chaotic Mayoralty. Tell us Doug, if you and your brother were so pro-subway, why weren’t you going “worldwide!” to find that private company earlier? Especially after council revolt and put the Transit City plan back in motion. Is it because you actually don’t have a plan for how to build/fund a subway and aren’t really interested in it anyway?
    Perhaps you’re only interested in using the Scarborough subway/LRT issue as a means to get votes?

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    16 months until we have a chance to get rid of these bozos.

  • Dinah Might

    As if to make his younger brother feel better, Doug calls Moore a
    “downtown latte-drinking socialist.” Rob says he “feels sorry for that
    man.”

    It drives me nuts how they use “downtown” as an insult…. it’s like their personal version of “goddamn”.

    (They have HAD IT with these LATTE-SIPPING snakes on this LATTE-SIPPING plane!!!)

    I mean, if “downtown” is such a horrible wretched thing, can you please detach your wonderful perfect corner of heaven from it, go merrily rule over that, and leave us alone?

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      The endless complaints of suburb-bashing looks more and more like whining with each example of downtown-bashing.

      • Punned_It

        This is the one thing that they do best – pit people against each other. They’re just fanning the flames of “us” vs “them” thinking when they should be helping all of Toronto’s citizens to work together.

  • selonmoi

    “Doug criticizes the CBC for not giving Ford Fest its due by reporting
    lowball attendance estimates and failing to describe it as the largest
    political barbecue ever for an elected official in Toronto.”

    Yeah, it sure sounds like Ford Fest was a truly “humbling” experience for them. Do they even know the meaning of the word?

  • pretzelz

    Rob Ford is looking for a provincial handout to pay for the LRT to be changed into a subway.Then he wants to take credit for having the lowest tax increases during his term.

    Meanwhile Ontarians are beginning to get how Rob Ford manages Toronto’s business; which is, as long as someone else is paying the bill, he’ll take the credit for not paying.

  • kstop

    Zero viewers that day. They were all at Ford Fest.

  • huanguan

    tinyurl.com/l3cselt