I was just on Facebook where someone who can be described as progressive vehemently defending Mayor Boss Hogg and basically trashing the Toronto Star. In fact, so vehemently, I was wondering if this individual has changed her political stripes. That whole innocent until proven guilty thing. It’s how it should work, but doesn’t. Mayor Fordzilla, like his Harpercon and Rethuglican buddies all go after their enemies with that same zeal…guilty until proven innocent. If Fordzilla really wasn’t smoking crack, hopefully he’ll have learned a lesson with his typical impulsive knee jerk reactive behaviour. But that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this post.
It may well be that the Toronto Star has a vendetta against ol’ Fordzilla, but it was earned after his treatment of the paper. But we must remember that it was the American web site Gawker that first broke the story, not The Toronto Star. Also others have jumped on the bandwagon, albeit with necessary caution.
There are a few questions though…
1) With every transgression ol’ Fordzilla has committed or not, Big brother Dougy is right there by his brother’s side like a pitbull. This time around, he appears to be more detached. All he could muster was:
“I have never seen my brother involved with anything like coke.”
Hardly a ringing endorsement. Anybody with half a brain knows that someone who is involved in some serious shit like that often live in a secretive world where no one knows. It may well be that Dougy never knew his brother to be into crack cocaine, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, even Dougy appears to know that judging by his careful wording. Under normal circumstances, true or not, he is the first to be at ol’ Boss Hogg’s side denying! denying ! Denying!
2) As mentioned above, Fordzilla is notorious for exhibiting behaviour that is impulsive, reactive and more often than not, disorganized. The usual Fordzilla would be, in addition to putting on his persecution complex regarding lefty pinkos and the Toronto Star, would’ve most likely thrown the gauntlet and publicly announce he would sue the Toronto Star and quite possibly Gawker for even launching the story in the first place. He would’ve done it with relish, face a few more shades of purple to boot without first consulting an attorney. He did not do that. At the very least, he would’ve demanded an apology and an immediate retraction. Again, he did no such thing.
3) Does anyone really believe that the editors of the Toronto Star wouldn’t have consulted its’ legal team before running the story, knowing the risks full well?
I should also add that it’s interesting that the Fordzilla brothers haven’t responded to the Grope & Fail’s emails or calls on the subject, a paper that is actually right winged sympathizing.