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Apparently, Toronto’s esteemed Mayor Rob Ford got into a tussle with a reporter: Daniel Dale on what happened near the mayor’s home:
“At some point, perhaps 10 or 15 seconds into the encounter, he cocked his fist near his head and began charging at me at a full run. I began pleading with him, as loud as I could, with my hands up, for him to stop. I yelled, at the top of my lungs, something like, “Mayor Ford, I’m writing about the land! I’m just looking at the land! You’re trying to buy the TRCA land!” Instinctually, I also reached into my pocket to grab my dead phone. I then fiddled with my voice recorder, trying fruitlessly to turn it on so that I would have a recording of any physical violence.”
Now here’s a bit of commentary from Ford on the incident: Mayor Rob Ford won’t release video of incident with Toronto Star reporter. What’s interesting is that this part doesn’t quite add up:
“I never laid a hand on the guy,” Ford said on 640AM radio Thursday morning. “I said ‘buddy, I am giving you two seconds to get out of here.’
“He said ‘Don’t hit me, don’t hit me, here’s my cell phone, here’s my tape recorder.’”
Hm. You think someone, especially a reporter, would just offer up their phone and recorder if they weren’t being threatened? Doesn’t sound too likely.