[URBAN NOTE] "It was a grim year for the Ford brothers"
The unanimous consent of Matt Gurney, Chris Selley and Jonathan Goldsbie, writers in the in the right-leaning National Post, that Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug have had a very bad year. Their consensus is that Rob Ford has demonstrated he's completely unworthy of being mayor.
Looking back over 2012, looking for a low point for city politics, I found my mind turning to the conflict of interest ruling against Rob Ford, obviously. But I decided to discount that from my personal running. Both because it was too easy and because it was too recent. After I decided that anything related to that fiasco was out of the running, it didn’t take me long to settle on what bothered me most over the last 12 months: When the Mayor and his brother decided to tear into the media, including NewsTalk 1010 reporter James Moore, when Moore sat just feet from them. To refresh your memories, this was during the kerfuffle in the fall over whether the Chicago trip would cost the city money. Fords said no. NewsTalk 1010, with Moore at the microphone, reported yes. That set off the Fords. Moore is as nice a guy as you could hope to meet, but that wasn’t what bothered me. Nor was I just showcasing my tribal loyalty to a member of the media pack. It was more fundamental than that. The Brothers Ford felt no compunction about attacking the media for their perceived bias … while hosting their weekly two-hour radio show. I think that some of the media outlets in this city have absolutely gone after the Fords were unprofessional zeal, but NewsTalk 1010 sure isn’t one of them. To pretend otherwise demonstrates their fundamental disconnect from reality. And for all their macho posturing — on this occasion, Ford told the media they’d better “keep their chin straps tight” — they didn’t even address Moore by name, even though he was sitting in a booth that connects directly to their studio, with a glass wall between them. That, for me, was the low point in this town for 2012. What say you fellers?