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Newsrooms pay for scoops: will it escalate the practice?

We start a new week with a sobering journalistic reality. Last week, two newsrooms paid sources for exclusive content that broke big stories, and those who would not or did not pay were left quoting those who did.

A year ago, Canadian journalists said they had seen video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack but they didn’t buy the video and, despite Ford’s bizarre behavior, no images equaled no proof.  So when a new video emerged showing the mayor holding a crack pipe, The Globe and Mail forked over $10,000 to an admitted drug dealer for still frames from the video.

TMZ will not say if it paid for audio of NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ranting about his associate/girlfriend’s posting photos of herself and black men on social media, but Deadspin said it paid for another version of the audio tape.… Read more

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Globe and Mail paid $10,000 for latest Ford crack pictures. Gawker got them for free

The Globe and Mail | Gawker

The Globe and Mail paid $10,000 for still images from the latest video that shows Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, smoking what a drug dealer described to the newspaper as crack cocaine.

This time, Gawker didn’t break the news, but they did run the photos and they got them for free. Editor-in-chief Max Read details how he got those photos in a story published Wednesday night.

“We haven’t paid Jermaine’s friend anything,” Read wrote Poynter in an email. “He emailed again this morning to say that the video was still in his possession and still for sale, but obviously its value has gone down a bit.”

Gawker did make the front of the Toronto Star on Thursday, however. Formerly the news home of reporter Robyn Doolittle, who broke the story for The Globe and Mail, the Star ran this as their front on Thursday.… Read more

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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.

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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

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

NOW

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.… Read more

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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.

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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

Rob Ford apologizes to Toronto Star reporter

The Toronto Star

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

Toronto Star

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.

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

The National Post | CTV News | Now Toronto

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 Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford — and now, CBS’s venerable “60 Minutes” finds itself apologizing for hanging a story on the reputation of a source who lied about his actions on the night of the attack on a U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya.

CBS took two swings at the apology, once Friday morning and again Sunday night. Anybody who hoped the Sunday night version of the apology might explain how America’s favorite news program went so far off track was sorely disappointed.… Read more

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