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article imageRob Ford attacks reporter Daniel Dale, suggests he's a pedophile

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 10, 2013 in World
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have dragged himself down to yet another low when, on a taped interview airing Monday night, he implied a Toronto Star reporter was a pedophile. There's no substance to the allegation but that seemed immaterial to Ford.
That reporter, Daniel Dale, had simply taken photos of property Ford had considered buying near the Ford home. It happened on the evening of May 2, 2012. The land in question was public and Dale has gone on record as saying he was there to see the land himself, note where it was and determine how it "might benefit" Mr. Ford to buy it before writing his article.
At the time, Ford disputed Dale's assertions and if his recent comments can be believed, he still does. “When a guy’s taking pictures of little kids,” Ford said on Conrad Black's weekly show 'The Zoomer' on Vision TV. “I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking, ‘What’s this guy all about?’” The Mayor added that Mr. Dale was “Lucky he fled on foot because I was upset, because that’s just crossing the line.”
Rob Ford attacks Daniel Dale
Ford confronted Dale that night and police were called. The Mayor then claimed Dale was standing on cinder blocks taking photos of his home and children and that it was on his surveillance tapes. Councillor Doug Ford, the Mayor's brother, called Dale a "peeping tom." But an extensive police investigation, including looking at the home's surveillance tapes, found there was no grounds to Ford's charges.
“The mayor’s comments are categorically false," Dale told the National Post in an email interview this morning. "As I have said consistently since the week of the incident: I took no photos of the mayor’s family, home, or property; I never set foot on his property; I never stood on blocks; I never peered over his fence or jumped to look over the fence."
“During the investigation, I offered to let the police go through my phone, which had been in their custody since the night of the incident. The lead investigator, Detective Tricia Johnston, did so, and she found no photos whatsoever from that night."
In support of reporter Daniel Dale
There has been a slew of voices reacting to Mr. Ford's comments with Toronto city councilors and others coming to Mr. Dale's defence. The editor of the Star weighed in on the interview, calling Ford's comments an "outrage."
“Just when you think Mayor Ford has said the most stupid thing, such as letting the whole world know about his sex life at home, he tops himself with another outrage," Michael Cooke wrote. "Mr. Ford calling reporter Daniel Dale a pedophile tells you all you need to know about our mayor’s brain. So sad for all of us.”
Ford, who has admitted to lying about other statements, including his claim that he never smoked crack cocaine, hasn't taken back his comments. For his part, Daniel Dale did not see the show but woke up this morning to find out he was back in the media spotlight.
“Thanks for your kind words, everyone!" he tweeted. "Never again will I go to sleep before a Conrad Black interview with Rob Ford." He added another tweet that said in part that "If you still believe Ford’s word, I really can’t help you, at this point, because you’re a determined fellow."
Ford also said in the interview with Black that he believes that much of his troubles stem from the fact that Toronto police chief Bill Blair is out to get him. He said he has "an issue" with the chief. Throughout, Black appeared to have sympathy for Ford.
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