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Daniel Dale Says Rob Ford’s Statement “Didn’t Come Close”

Toronto Star reporter would like the mayor to "try again," is proceeding with lawsuit.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale has had a few hours to process Rob Ford’s statement this morning, made on the floor of council. Ford, addressing insinuations he made that Dale was a pedophile during an interview with Conrad Black, said that “I wish to sincerely apologize again to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence.”

That “if” does a lot of work, as many people quickly observed, and don’t clearly constitute an acceptance of any wrongdoing. Dale’s response, delivered in a series of tweets:

I asked Mayor Ford to 1) retract all of his false claims about my conduct and 2) issue an unreserved, abject, complete apology. His statement today didn’t come close. I’m proceeding with a defamation lawsuit.

In his “apology,” the mayor didn’t retract anything at all. Instead, he blamed the media for its reasonable interpretation of his words. He also blamed his neighbour. He used the words “lurking” and “leering.” And, crucially, he didn’t retract or specifically apologize for the categorically false, malicious, and in-itself-defamatory claim about me taking pictures of his young kids.

I didn’t ask for an “I apologize if.” I asked for an “I apologize because I said false, damaging, and unfounded things, and here they are.” So: while I appreciate the mayor’s first step, no dad or teacher would accept that apology as sufficient. I would appreciate another try.

Comments

  • ByronK

    It’s the right thing to do. Ford’s speech was not a proper apology. He took no responsibility for his actions and should be held to account. He’s finally gone several lies too far. Best of luck to Daniel.

  • seaton

    So happy he’s proceeding! It’d be understandable if he’d chosen not to (lawsuits are generally hell), but wholehearted support for him.

  • The Man With No Name

    It’s about time someone other than me called Ford on his “I’m sorry but %&#@ you, it’s your fault and I’m great” non-apologies.

  • johnphilipgreen

    I’m glad to see Mr. Dale react as I would if I were in his position.

  • wklis

    Which “suggestion” was Rob apologizing for? Oh! That “suggestion”. I thought it was that other one.

  • SNAM

    Ford also used the word ‘alleged’ in the pathetic attempt at an apology. And not only blamed the media (change the record), but cast aspersions on his senior neighbour. Thankfully, Mr. Dale is much smarter than Ford and can see through this insincerity. As a former media maggot myself (and proud of it!) Vision TV ought never to have aired the piece at all. It wasn’t live…they sat on the tape for 3 days and then played it twice, the second time after many comments had already been made in the social media about the inappropriateness of and shock at Ford’s remarks..

    • Tallulah Banker

      Most everyone is smarter than Rob Ford.

  • abashed

    I appreciate the majority of the previous comments. In MHO, Ford’s “apology” is completely disingenuous. I have never, in my entire 60+ years, encountered a politician with such a profound lack of insight and self-awareness, or such evident pathology. It is truly gob-smackingly outrageous. I only wish it would stop.

  • Douglas Turner

    While I do agree that legal action is certainly called for, it does trouble me that a reporter cannot seem to muster a response beyond a series of tweets. I would have thought that the seriousness of the situation would have called for something a little more… well-written. Of course that quality of Mr. Dale’s writing has no bearing on the appropriateness of his action – I get that. But the tweets really don’t do much to raise his reputation as a writer.

    • dsmithhfx

      The onus is on Rob Ford to deliver an apology that is acceptable to the person he wronged. He needs to work out the exact wording and appropriate venue with Mr. Dale, who has clearly indicated through his tweets and comments quoted in a Star front page article today, that Ford’s ‘nonpology’ doesn’t cut the mustard. This response has utterly no bearing on Dale’s “reputation as a writer”.