Is Crazytown worth the read?

Posted By: John Moore · 2/8/2014 5:59:00 PM

Just finished reading Robyn Doolittle`s Crazytown, the story of the Ford family and of how Doolittle and Kevin Donovan reported on the infamous crack video. It`s a quick read and if you have been following the story from day one there`s almost nothing new in it. But it is a handy reminder of a couple of important things. 

Firstly, although she gets a bit didactic about it, Doolittle emphasizes the importance of investigative reporting and freedom of the press. I spent months listening to pundits (many of whom knew better) and callers tearing into the Star. At one point where it seemed the video might have vanished forever they become even bolder, attacking every person associated with the paper and calling them liars and partisans. Well the Star may have an inflated sense of its civic importance but never let it be forgotten: they were right about the Garrison Ball, they were right about the crack video and they were right about the mayor being a serial lair. 

Secondly, Doolittle`s book creates a time line and an inventory for Ford`s offences and after a while his sense of entitlement and denial become breathtaking. It really is astounding what this guy has gotten away with (so far) and that we have become so complacent about it that weekly reports of him being staggering drunk have become banal.

The writing is workmanlike which is too bad; there is no lack of drama here. And because Doolittle has to continue to work in this town there is a certain colourlessness about the whole thing. It would be a lot more fun if she expressed an opinion or two on the supporting players who are a venal, arrogant, self righteous and childish bunch. 

On balance it`s a book written for a foreign audience on a topic most of us already know enough about. And then you have to remind yourself that Rob Ford is running for re-election. 

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  1. John posted on 02/08/2014 11:54 PM
    Unbeknownst to Doolittle, she's written Rob Ford's 2014 campaign manuel.
    1. ed blair posted on 02/12/2014 07:23 AM
      @John she has written his manuel. the fords will play on the inaccuracies like rob started using hard drugs after his father died. the mayor has been smoking crack with football players he coached as far back as 20 years ago at scarlett heights

      . and for those out there threatening me and doing shit to my car because i tell the truth to everyone i meet and you know who you are, come and get it over with. i am not afraid and have been telling people who the fords really are since they got elected. there are 100's of people now that say wow that guy wasnt making it up or exaggerating. i know dro and kordas and fathead are to yellow to do anything on thier own so send your hoods now, i am not afraid.

      the mayor will never coach kids again which is by far the most important thing that has come from this scandal.
  2. danieljchristie posted on 02/09/2014 09:20 PM
    As book reviews go, Mr. Moore has done a pretty good job. Very well balanced. Speaking of book reviews, the back page of the New York Times Book Review that comes with the Sunday Star (and therefore carries Star advertising) has a rather gripping ad for 'Crazy Town'. To the right of the cover photo of the book, there's a 30-point block letter sentence that simply reads "His own father gave him a lie detector test'" I expect t's only a matter of time before one of Ford Nation's sharper knives completes the sentence with "Yeah, and he PASSED!!!!!!". Wait for it....
    1. Sonny posted on 02/12/2014 03:32 PM
      @danieljchristie I probably don't have to read it but I would say that the Star was right. Ford and his rabid supporters were wrong!
  3. Roy Cummings posted on 02/15/2014 05:02 PM
    Heard you spout that usual crap about the Liberals and Martin balancing the budget for seven straight years. Bullshit! They did it only by clawing back transfer payments from the provinces, such as $5B a year from Ontario. If I went to all my neighbours and took $1,000 a year from each, I could pay all my bills. As for them? Who gives a shit! I'm all right Jack.
  4. dirk posted on 03/22/2014 06:20 PM
    I think that that rob Ford (Ford NATION RULES!!!) and Jerry Agar and Don Cherry should actualluy be our diplomatic entourage to every country in the world because they speak their mind and no body else in Canada does like Justin trudeau. Justin Trudeau wasnt on Jimmy Kimmel live so does he really care about Canadina culture like Rob Ford does??? I think this is a no brainer. duhhh. Rob Ford has always cared aboubt tax payers money and especially about the billon plus money he has saved for tax payers!! I cant beleive there is a option about who we should vote for in October....Rob Ford! Sure he has problems but he is just like me a responsible family guy...and do we really want another Trudeau for our mayor???????
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