So it turns out that when he said he didn't, he did. Today's revelation by Mayor Rob Ford that he did indeed smoke crack though he can't remember the circumstances or the fact that somebody filmed it, came as something as a shock. But it was secondary to the revelation that Ford, having admitted his mistake (finally!), refused to step down, either permanently or temporarily, as a result of his drug use. Between the doings in Toronto and the pending vote to suspend three senators in Ottawa, it's hard to imagine a busier news day, and it seems like a great chance to engage in some of this newfangled rich media like podcasting.
I decided to try something different with today's news. Instead of typing out an exhaustive article chronicling all the day's developments, I recorded a special edition of the Politicast to discuss the day's events and some of my thoughts on the subject. Have a listen to the full podcast below.
And here's the list of links mentioned in the podcast:
- The Star's immediate coverage of the Mayor's press conference.
- The Star's article on Doug Ford's call to Bill Blair to take a leave of absence.
- The Toronto Star's Gemma Karstens-Smith reviews the Fords' growing enemies list
- Doug Ford talks to Ryerson media students.
- Councillors John Filion and Paul Ainslie of Scarborough move to curb Mayor Ford's power.
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong's comments to the press.
- Peter MacKay's comments on Ford.
- The Grid remembers all those other times the press asked about crack.
- Great editorial from NOW's Norman Wilner about Ford's issues.
- The website for the new Save Toronto group.
- Save Toronto's recount of the "Rob Ford file." 113 items and counting.