Rob Ford Apologizes to Daniel Dale
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Rob Ford Apologizes to Daniel Dale

The mayor issued an apology to Daniel Dale at today's council meeting.

In the middle of a debate on water, Rob Ford issued an apology to reporter Daniel Dale from the council floor. Dale recently served Rob Ford and Vision TV with libel notice over comments Ford made during an interview with Conrad Black suggesting Daniel Dale might be a pedophile. “I have no issue with Mr. Dale personally,” Ford said. “I understand that he is an employee in the very competitive news business, and must do as his superiors instruct him.” “I do take issue with his bosses at the Toronto Star to put him and I into this situation,” he added, before turning to the matter of the insinuations:

“I do not mean to insinuate anything about Mr. Dale personally in my interview with Mr. Black. I certainly did not intend to suggest that he is a pedophile. I was merely commenting on the thoughts that went through my mind on the night of May 2012—before I had any idea that person my neighbour told me he saw peering over my fence was a reporter on assignment from the Toronto Star.”

Ford then managed to work in another reference to the media’s supposed complicity, before making a direct apology to Dale: “It is unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media, but I wish to sincerely apologize again to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence. And if Mr. Daniel Dale is here, I want to personally apologize to him.” No word yet on how or if this will affect Dale’s planned libel action.