Friday, May 04, 2012

Breaking: Canada's Watergate Moment

The Toronto Star jumps the shark:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have used Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale's cell phone!!!
The Toronto Star has suggested mayor Rob Ford may have used Daniel Dale’s cell phone after the reporter dropped it during a confrontation between the pair Wednesday evening — an act that could be considered illegal. 
Toronto CSI are on the case:
Toronto police told the Star they did not search Mr. Dale’s phone, as they would need a warrant to do so. Police also said the battery was partly charged when they received it, although Mr. Dale said it was dead when he dropped it.
There you have it. The battery was partly charged!  But, it was dead when Dale dropped it!!

Mr. Mayor: did you or did you not charge Mr. Dale's cell phone??!! It's not the crime, it's the coverup. Canada's Watergate moment.

Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor Rob "I am not a crook!" Ford
... expanded his threat to say he won’t speak to any media if any reporter from the Star is present. 
Toronto has just become a better place.

Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, greeting a nun at ...
Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Zorpheous said...

Actually Canada's Watergate Moment is the CPC cover up of the Robocalls in Election 41.

New information has come out that directly fingers the Guelph campaign as the source of the RoboCalls.

Anon1152 said...

It might be the Post that's jumping the shark, given that it's the Post that you link to.

From The Star (which, given the nature of the story, does have a lot of coverage):

"A phone call was made from Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale’s cellphone on Wednesday night at 8:37 p.m. — about 45 minutes after he surrendered his BlackBerry to Rob Ford in a heated confrontation behind the mayor’s home.

"The Star has obtained phone records showing that a phone call was made from Dale’s BlackBerry to Robert Andreacchi, executive assistant to councilor Maria Augimeri, well after Dale left his cellphone with Ford."

So. They may have suggested that Rob Ford may have used the cell phone. But they said that they have proof (phone records) that the phone was used 45 minutes after he...ahem... abandoned it.

RkBall said...

Philo 11:52: All the quotes you give were in the NP article I cited. Maybe it was updated. And, don't forget, satire follows different standards of (elastic) evidence-citing than real argument. Boy, I bet you feel foolish now, eh?!

RkBall said...

Robocalls -- Robocalls isn't funny. If anyone tampered with election integrity this conservative says off with their heads.

Anon1152 said...

You (or rather, the Post), made it seem as if the Star reported merely its own accusation, when there is, apparently, evidence that the phone was used after Dale "left" it with Mayor Ford.

That was all I wanted to point out.

I do not feel foolish.

Or rather, I do. But for other reasons.

Anon1152 said...

I admit though that I have followed this story with no small amount of amusement.

RkBall said...

"I do not feel foolish."

I was just kidding.

Anon1152 said...

"I was just kidding"

Don't worry. I know. I sometimes forget that plain text lacks a lot of the information that a face-to-face conversation carries with it. Especially among political opponents.

RkBall said...

I've just never got on to the emoticon thing ;)

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"