Even worse for The Star, like the cartoon character pathologically obsessed with hunting down the Road Runner, every one of their plans ends up blowing up in their faces, with the self-inflicted damage making them look increasingly ridiculous.
The Star's obsession with Ford and the discreditable approach they have taken to persecuting him has resulted in half of Toronto thinking the newspaper is flat-out lying in its reporting.
Contacts inside The Star's headquarters at One Yonge Street describe an environment where detestation of Ford is so open and pervasive that seasoned adults who should be planning their retirement have adopted all the dignity and intellectual vigor of Beavis and Butthead.
|Toronto Mayor Rob Ford|
"He's fat and gross!"
"Yeah, he's fat, gross and stupid! Heehee!"
That is an actual conversation that was described to me as having occurred between two senior Toronto Star writers. And it reflects in their coverage of everything related to Rob Ford.
At first it was The Star's editorial writers who were infected worst by their deranged fixation on Ford. Articles by Rosie DiManno, whose writing indicated she was infuriated beyond coherence, and many from Heather Mallick, including one in which she envisioned a sordid, semi-date rape by Rob Ford, suggest mental illness on the part of some Star editorialists.
That disease has spread to its reporters as well. Yesterday, Doug Ford, the Etobicoke Counselor who is the mayor's brother, railed against Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, who went all the way to Florida to try to dredge up any material on Ford's family background she could find, including about Ford's elderly, widowed mother.
On Ford's radio show Sunday, a caller who manages the condominium where Ford's mother lives described an encounter with Dooloittle:
“She was interrogating me sort of for answers and I gave her truthful answers and finally the way she was talking to me, I said ‘Are you a reporter?’” he said. “And she says to me ‘Well I do work for a newspaper but this has nothing to do with the newspaper, this is a personal history that I’m compiling.’”Never, since Confederation, has there been the type of invasive, personally motivated vindictiveness in the coverage of a Toronto mayor by a newspaper like the Toronto Star's treatment of Rob Ford.
Ford has never been accused of misusing public funds or corruption in office. He hasn't sold out the city to unions or special interests like his predecessor, whom The Star did its best to shield.
The campaign against Rob Ford is due to pompous elitists at The Star thinking their interests and their image is threatened by a plain-speaking populist.
And the irony of the matter is that The Toronto's Star's image is getting worse every day due to Ford. Not by what he is doing, but by how foolish and desperate The Star looks with each idiotic maneuver they try to pull to bring Ford down.