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Robyn Doolittle gets autotuned along with Rob Ford

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle plays a pretty big role in "Ford Nation," a video by Anonymotif that autotunes Rob Ford, whom she has covered extensively. "It's not a big deal," Doolittle said in a phone interview Friday about seeing the video, but "I did cringe a little."
"As a reporter, you try to just stick with facts," she said, and she usually tries not to offer her opinions. Those opinions, however, were pulled out from two much longer interviews, where Doolittle said she was careful to give nuanced answers on Ford and his future.

The results?

Yeah, autotune.


In her new book, “Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story,” Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle writes about working on the story of Toronto’s mayor and the video of him smoking crack.

Keeping a secret is tough. Keeping a secret that I’d seen the mayor of Toronto smoking from what looked like a crack pipe was exhausting. My Star friends knew not to ask what I was working on. My mom called to see if everything was okay — she’d noticed I hadn’t been writing much. “Oh, you know, just taking some time off after the big Garrison story,” I said, lying to my own mother.

Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star


If Canadian media liked football more, maybe they’d get to interview Rob Ford

Rob Ford isn't having much to do with Canadian media these days, but every Thursday morning, you can hear his take on football in the U.S. Ford calls in as a special guest to WJFK's Sports Junkies in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, Ben Spurr interviewed Junkies host Eric Bickel in the Toronto publication NOW.

Bickel said Ford's staff never tells him what kind of questions can or can't be asked, but there is an understanding that Ford is there to have fun and not be grilled. Bickel also said he did not try to keep up on news about Ford and he'd leave the serious questioning of Ford to others.

"The frustration for some media here is he won’t talk to us and answer those questions," Spurr told Bickel.

"Maybe you guys gotta like football a little more or something over there," Bickel replied.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends an Executive Committee meeting at city hall in Toronto on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.  Ford met with his executive committee for the first time since allegations of Ford's videotaped drug use surfaced earlier this month. Ford has denied the drug-use allegations, making a statement late last week after six members of his executive committee urged him to publicly address the allegations following a week of mostly silence on the issue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Rob Ford apologizes to reporter again: ‘I wholly retract my statements’

The Toronto Star The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale will not pursue a libel lawsuit against Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, the Star reported Wednesday, after Ford issued "a second, more complete, public apology." Ford had implied Dale was a pedophile; Dale rejected an earlier apology in which Ford blamed the media for ascribing to him a "word I did not say." The new apology, by contrast, includes pretty much full retractions of everything Ford has said about Dale so far, and words he implied.
Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said. I sincerely hope that Mr. Dale will accept my personal apology for my comments and all harm my words may have caused him.
Dale tweeted about the apology Wednesday night.     Dale also planned to pursue a libel case against Zoomer Media, which aired the interview where Ford reasserted complaints about Dale. On Wednesday night, Zoomer media also issued a full apology. Later, Dale tweeted that he wouldn't be pursuing a suit against Zoomer Media, either.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, is flanked by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday in Toronto in a January 25, 2013 photo, after learning that he has successfully appealed a decision to remove him from office following a conflict of interest hearing. Holyday said Friday it's urgent for Ford to deal with the allegations that gained attention around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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Toronto Star reporter pushes back at Ford’s ‘vile’ suggestion

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Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pushed back Wednesday against repeated suggestions from Toronto's mayor Rob Ford that Dale is a pedophile.
"He tried to get me arrested, to destroy my career; I decided to correct him gently, deferentially.

Not any more. Not 19 months later. Rob Ford is lying about me, he knows it, and it’s vile."
Ford's latest comment came from an interview with Conrad Black that aired Monday night in Canada. The Star's Robin Doolittle wrote about the interview Tuesday, in which Ford also accused Toronto's chief of police of going after Ford for retribution.
Ford also implied Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was a pedophile for what Ford described as taking pictures outside the mayor’s Etobicoke house. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids,” Ford told Black on a taped interview that aired on Vision TV Monday night. “He’s taking pictures of little kids. I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about.”

Rob Ford’s brother: Media should stop ‘Stalin-era’ tactics

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On Friday, Rob Ford's brother lectured reporters at Toronto's city hall for 15 minutes on their "Stalin-era" tactics. Natalie Alcoba reported about Ford-the-other-brother's tirade in The National Post.
"Until the media stops its (Soviet) Stalin-era Pravda journalism. And for the folks that don't know Pravda journalism, back in the day of Stalin ..." he said, before reporters interjected. "The mayor is feeling healthier than he ever has. He's focused on his diet plan, he's focused on working out two hours a day and, you know something, he's of healthy mind."
Ford at City Hall Thursday (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
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Update: A Season of Remarkable Apologies

Editor’s Note: This story was updated following Sunday night’s “60 Minutes.”

We have just witnessed one heck of a string of remarkable public apologies. And all of them fell flat for different reasons.

We’ve gotten apologies from Health and Human … Read more

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford listens to speakers at a council meeting about casino proposals at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Nathan Denette)

Toronto Star paid $5,000 for latest Ford video

Toronto Star "It's fully transparent," Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan told Poynter on the phone about the paper's new video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford swearing and shouting, vacillating between whether he needs 10 or 15 minutes to kill someone.
A screenshot of the video.
The Star's position on disclosing what it would pay for the video evolved over the afternoon Thursday. Donovan told Poynter in an email that the paper won't say exactly how much it paid: "We are not disclosing the amount but it is not a lot," he wrote. An earlier version of the story said the Star paid an amount "consistent with fees paid by news organizations for exclusive videos or photographs." An update to the story says:
The Star purchased the video for $5,000 from a source who filmed the video from someone else’s computer. The person with the computer was there in the room, the Star was told. (more...)

Rob Ford’s brother was addressing journalism class during crack admission

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Toronto Councillor Doug Ford appeared before a group of journalism students Tuesday, apparently unaware his brother, the city's mayor, was confessing to smoking crack.

Councillor Doug Ford told a class of journalism students at Ryerson University that his family had been hounded by the media, comparing the Fords to Princess Diana and journalists to paparazzi, Kim Magi reported on Tuesday in the Toronto Star. He also called the Star the “National Enquirer of the North."

“Let’s talk about the Toronto Star,” he said. “Everyone says don’t get with a fight with people that buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton. My theory is, don’t get in a fight with two guys that are willing to come after you and hold you to account.” (more...)