Stupify wrote:that's his life and i could care less. as long as he does his job during his work time then i have very little concern about matters like these. If this indeed is illegal then let the cops handle it.
i prefer not to poke my nose into others' personal lives.
Stupify wrote:I am not saying that personal life actions should not be a matter in professional life
Celt wrote:Wow! I've never seen Cnadians get so argumentative mongst themselves!
Who knew crack could have such an effect!
Fuzz wrote:This has got to be one of the best videos of the subject.
The scene at 45 seconds is VERY Canadian
minus the crackheads part....
Is Gawker's Rob Ford 'Crackstarter' Crowdfunding's Jump-The-Shark Moment?
Never an outlet to shy away from controversy or a juicy political scandal, Gawker may have finally outdone itself. The devious minds at Nick Denton’s flagship site have started a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a cellphone video of what they claim is the mayor of Toronto, Canada smoking crack cocaine. You thought Zach Braff’s Kickstarter was a reason to take umbrage? Well, you haven’t seen the Crackstarter.
The story started on Thursday night, when Gawker posted a piece by John Cook detailing how the site came to be offered a video of what was claimed to be Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Cook journeyed to TO, met with some shady characters and saw the video footage with his own eyes. The video’s owners – Somali drug dealers - had already shopped it to Canadian media outlets, but had deemed one’s offer of $40K to be too low. No, they wanted six figures for what could be the nail in the coffin of Ford’s strange and embattled political career. So, what does any enterprising news outlet do in the year 2013? They start a crowdfunding campaign to ask site readers to donate the $200K it would take to pay the ransom on the video and vow to post it on their site once they presumably hand over a bag of unmarked loonies and toonies to the men who claim to supply the most powerful mayor in Canada with drugs.
The Crackstarter makes smart business sense for Gawker. They outsource the risk to their readers in the event that perhaps would-be drug kingpins are not the type to keep their word and they reap the rewards of traffic and page views should the deal go through. And they show up mainstream news outlets by delivering a master class in the new model of iterative journalism – publish now, flesh out or course correct later. The Boston Marathon bombings coverage showed us the flaws in this approach, but the public demand for up-to-the-millisecond information means it isn’t going away anytime soon.
But what’s perhaps most interesting about Gawker’s campaign is how it gleefully takes the idea of crowdfunding to its perverse end. I’ve speculated in the past about the untenability of this model as organizations and entities with already deep pockets hit up the internet proletariat for big bucks and squeeze out the little guy starving artists – and that was even before Rob Thomas went panhandling on behalf of Warner Bros. and raised over $5.7M for a Veronica Mars movie. People will pledge their cash for a lot of silly stuff, but a major digital media outlet creating a crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise money to purchase a cellphone video of a Canadian mayor smoking crack and to pay that money to members of Toronto’s drug trade so that they can skip town and start new lives elsewhere might truly be a jump-the-shark moment. Expect Lindsay Lohan to start a campaign to cover her latest rehab costs any day now.
As for Rob Ford? Well, he’s employing a tight-lipped Shaggy defense and it’s going to cost us all at least $200K and a whole lot of squeamishness to possibly refute his protestations of innocence.
The Star had much earlier been approached by a go-between for the alleged Somali drug/video peddlers, looking to make a deal. The newspaper declined to buy and does not have a copy of the video.
A photo was also given to the Star of a smiling Ford in the company of two men, one of whom was purportedly shot twice in the back of the head two months ago.
The mayor routinely poses for photographs with about anybody who asks, so there are innocent explanations for why he’s standing next to a subsequently murdered young man “known to police.’’
But the confluence of all these provocative events — an alarming cellphone video that may or may not be fake, proximity to alleged drug traffickers — merit more than the guffaw Ford offered Friday.
Fuzz wrote:Another reporter also saw the video. I don't see how a bunch of crack dealers could fake a whole video. Obviously if someone is going to pay that much they are going to walk away with video in hand. I understand the desire for the amount of money because the guy is going to be putting himself in danger.
Plus its Rob Ford smokin crack. Gotta be worth something!
clone wrote:the video should be copied, 1 copy should go to police and the other after verification should be sold to the media who'd eagerly pay the 200k if it's authenticated, the idiots throwing money into the ring first are just that .... idiots.
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