Extensive U.S. broadcast and print coverage focusing on embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted smoking crack cocaine, public drinking and foul language, goes into the third week today, notes Grumpy Editor.
Media became excited when his rambling rage was captured in a video.
CNN and Fox News dropped everything earlier this month to cover “live” one of his press conferences from the Canadian city.
Yet, his woes started six months ago when a video caught him smoking crack.
Ford’s actions until this month were overlooked by U.S. media which suddenly went overboard detailing the escapades of a foreign country’s mayor like he was head of a major American city.
"In terms of America's coverage of Canada, (the) story has gotten more coverage than anything I think since the War of 1812," summed up Howard Kurtz, host of Media Buzz on Fox News yesterday.
As Wall Street Journal writer Ben Dummett pointed out Saturday, “The mayor of Toronto is in many ways a figurehead, with much less power than in comparable U.S. cities.”
Ford’s mayoral grip was clipped somewhat on Friday when Toronto’s City Council voted to strip some of his powers.
Despite the negative coverage and cries for him to resign, Ford, according to the Associated Press, said he intends to seek re-election next year.
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