Episode 107: The Myth of Rob Ford, with the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume


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The Rob Ford crack cocaine scandal continues to engulf Toronto, and while the Mayor faces repeated calls to step down, he has remained steadfast in his belief that there exists no reason to relinquish his post. In this latest episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Christopher Hume of The Toronto Star joins Guy Evans to discuss being on the ‘inside’ of the Star‘s battle to counter his projected public image as a ‘man of the people’, as well as what the implications of the scandal could be for Canada’s largest city.

HUME ON FORD’S APOLOGY

“He’s a twelve year old boy who has never grown up. He’s really, really sorry…’Mummy, I’ll never do it again’, until the next time. I think he meant [his apology], but I don’t think it should be taken seriously.”

ROB FORD – BOUND FOR EXILE?

“He should banished, sent into exile as far away from Toronto as possible. I think he should resign, to be serious. I don’t see how he could ever be taken seriously again. He will forever be the mayor who smoked crack cocaine.”

FORD’S ERRATIC BEHAVIOR

“He’s always been this guy, right from the very beginning. He’s been around thirteen years in public life so there’s nothing new about it. It’s just that now he’s mayor, now we’re paying attention…we’ve found out.”

HUME ON TORONTO’S REPUTATION

“I hope that people don’t dismiss Toronto as being a sort of hopelessly, buffoonish outpost because of Rob Ford. He is, I hope, a singular unfortunate event in our history.”

PREVIOUSLY: THE ROB FORD SAGA

Rob Ford Crack

As a companion piece to this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, be sure to check out Episode 106 of the podcast which breaks down the key events in the entire Rob Ford Saga! Click here to download!

FURTHER READING

Hume, C. (2013). Rob Ford can’t be saved; can Toronto? The Toronto Star.

Marche, S. (2013). Toronto’s Hot Mess: What Mayor Rob Ford knows about Toronto. The New York Times.

Mayer, A. (2013). Mayor Rob Ford’s crack use ‘weakens’ Toronto’s brand. CBC News.

Tucker, E. (2013). Here’s everything Rob Ford has said about crack video allegations. Global News.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in video murder rant. BBC News.

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