Is Chief Bill Blair a Liar?
I have been a consistent supporter of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. I have called to account the Toronto Star for misreporting stories and for rushing to print with the story about Ford being seen on video allegedly smoking crack with drug dealers. They rushed the story because they were being scooped by an Internet site, but neither the web site - Gawker - or the Star had the video. Their accounts differed in some aspects, making it even more important to have the actual video.
But now the Chief of Police, Bill Blair, tells us that the video has been recovered, is in police hands, and will be presented in court. He says Ford is on the video "as reported by the media."
Even now there are people writing to me in an attempt to continue the story line that there is "no evidence."
Do they seriously believe the Chief is lying?
Why would he? If the tape can't be produced and is not entered in to evidence, the Chief's credibility will be destroyed. He could lose his job.
It is entirely understandable - that is not to say acceptable - that a person would lie in order to protect his own interests, but I am hard pressed to find a reason to explain why Bill Blair would tell anything other than the truth in this case.
I have been on record saying I would prefer the penny pinching mayor drunk and stoned over a lying, self-serving fiscal horror-show like Dalton McGuinty. But I don't like being lied to. Do you?
My support has been built on the fact that the Mayor's accusers have often been people who take rumour as fact, and in the case of the Star, report stories that are untrue. It was the Star that accused the mayor of assaulting a football player; a story the Globe and Mail almost immediately proved wrong. The Star has not backed off that story, which is dysfunctional for a paper that prides itself on being the top paper in the nation.
The Star reported that the mayor was asked to leave the Garrison Ball due to drunkenness. There is no credible evidence that happened.
CBC reported that Ford insulted a 911 operator. That story was not true, according to Chief Bill Blair.
And there is the problem for Ford. He was happy to have us all accept the Chief as the definitive word on that issue, so he - and no one who supported Ford - can now credibly doubt the Chief.
The Mayor had my support because I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he said one thing and others, with flimsy evidence and an obvious agenda, said another. But he lied, it now seems.
The question was being asked on Newstalk1010, "Do some people owe the Toronto Star an apology?"
I don't. I wanted them to prove one of their stories. I don't feel badly at all for doubting them in their zeal to bring down Ford. They never apologized to him - or us - when they misreported stories. Their credibility was not strong with me when it came to Ford. I told their reporter Robyn Doolittle that I did think she made it up, but I wanted the evidence. Not too much to ask, under the circumstances. That they get to crow this time is fortunate for them, but it doesn't justify how they got here.
As for he mayor; well now I want the evidence that he didn't lie to me.