Magazine article Newsweek

Gawker's Crack Gamble

Magazine article Newsweek

Gawker's Crack Gamble

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Byline: Caroline Linton

The gossip website says it's got proof of a Canadian politician doing hard drugs. Now, it's asking readers to help buy the VIDEO--for a cool $200,000.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford entered City Hall on Tuesday with his back to a throng of reporters who had gathered at the elevator to follow him. But Ford wasn't going to escape that easily to the City Council meeting on a casino expansion--after all, it's not every day that there's a video going for $200,000 that allegedly features the mayor smoking crack cocaine. But then again, this is Rob Ford we are talking about--only six months ago, an Ontario judge ordered that Ford be removed from office after improperly using the city's letterhead to solicit $3,150 in donations for his high-school football charity. Ford later won on appeal and remains in office.

But back to the alleged crack smoking. On Thursday, Gawker posted a lengthy description of a video the website says is of Ford allegedly puffing on a crack pipe. "I'm 100 percent sure" that it's Ford, Gawker editor John Cook told Newsweek. But there's a hitch: the video's owner insists on being paid $200,000 for the footage. That's more money than Gawker is willing to shell out to publish it.

On Friday, Ford called the allegations "ridiculous," even as the Toronto Star wrote a front-page story claiming that it could confirm the video exists. Ford does have a history of issuing denials for things that have happened: in 1999 he was arrested for a DUI and marijuana possession in Miami, and during his campaign for mayor in 2010, he insisted he had only been charged with failing to take a Breathalyzer test. …

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