Mayor Ford’s Media Image

December 27, 2013 am

Toronto’s Mayor Ford’s recent media image has forced me to think about this man who I accidentally became aware of when he was a Toronto counsellor speaking to Toronto Counsel on a local television channel that mysteriously came on with my television set. When he was elected mayor to everyone’s surprise (most reports seemed to indicate that a better known successful provincial politician, Mr. Smitherman, would replace Mr. Miller as mayor; and today I don’t remember the name of the candidate that I voted for, perhaps because I’ve been bombarded with reports and images on television newspapers, and electronic media of Mayor Ford) I forgot about him until a few months later I was reminded of his existence as Mayor when I received a flier in my down-the-street mail box encouraging me to join Twitter and tweet something against him.

So yesterday December 26, 2013 -now educated about Mr. Ford in some detail: his relatives his mother, his brother, his sister, and the fact that his father had been a member of Ontario’s reviled Conservative Mike Harris led government, and perhaps the essence of his media image: photographs of him among groups of visibly typical Torontonians; and that the whole world is laughing at him- I saw Mr’ Ford on CTV’s CP 24, this time among Torontonians enduring loss of electricity for 4.5 days in sub zero temperatures, lambasting his helplessly repeating condolences big as life and without flinching.

Below is a report in the Toronto Star of the incident that I viewed on CP 24:

Debra Black

Immigration Reporter,

Published on Thu Dec 26 2013

Some residents of a Toronto Community Housing building on McCowan Ave. – which has been without power since Saturday – berated Mayor Rob Ford about the lack of electricity in their building and the city’s lack of action at a barbecue held on their behalf…

Impoverishment or Inequality/Majority or Middle Class

December 18,2013 am

Over the past two days on Canada’s BNN(Business News Network) I heard that Canada’ s family indebtedness has reached a record 163% of gross income, and that the Province of Ontario has recently sold 6 billion dollars of bonds to eager American investors to finance its tax secure triple A minus provincial debt. I also heard that there has been no serious inflation in Canada or the US since 2008 because the Core CPI does not include rising food especially anti diabetes vegetable prices; and resources fees such as energy(+7% electricity) and water or services such as the arbitrary more than 50% rise in the postage stamp price announced with a cut back in mail delivery service.

I also heard that Ontarians despite their families’ 163% debt to income ratio and downtown Toronto’s more than 30 years of street people are wealthier than ever with their highest net worth on record. I also heard a statement about a corporate investment recession as corporations sit on money, frugally investing in dividends and stock buy backs while fearing investment in employment increasing research and development because there are not enough people to buy their products at their less than inflationary prices.

Then yesterday(December 17) evening I read Paul Krugman‘s December 15 article “Why Inequality Matters” in which he begins by alluding to the 1987 movie Wall Street, though maintaining that today with his article and the recent arrival of Democrats Warren and De Bassio, and recent comments by Democrat president Obama that perhaps at last inequality really matters.

The New Mayor Despite The Municipal Elections Act

November 30, 2013 am

In an Online Globe and Mail article I learned that “media” finally got a mayor of Toronto that they like: “He’s articulate, centrist, congenial.” His name is Norm Kelley, the deputy mayor who was elected councillor in 2010 when Mr. Ford a former councillor of 10 years was elected mayor now identified as 1/2 mayor by Mr. Hume of the Toronto Star after most city of Toronto councillors took his powers and gave his title to Mr. Kelley.

Saying the “media” got what they wanted is a kind of figure of speech, for “media” broadcasters and publishers are simply employed to do a job, just as everyone on Canadian television who obediently wears a plastic poppy about 2 weeks before November 12 when the television poppies disappear.

So I’ve always believed that attacks on Mayor Ford by the “media” did not originate with the individual writers and news agencies repeating (reiterating) charges such as look Mr.Ford knocks over women; admits crack use: talks of oral sex; gets drunk; associates with criminals; appears in a video using a low grade of cocaine favoured by those who can’t afford cocaine itself, or marijuana; a video still seen only by Gawker the Toronto Star and a recently reported police officer. So as I learned more about Mayor Ford to supplement my vague awareness that he was a Conservative I eventually learned that Canada’s Federal Conservative finance minister was his first supporter and that his father had been elected to the Ontario legislature as a Mike Harris Conservative, I began suspecting an undercurrent of political party themes beyond municipal issues about how municipal taxes are spent and the relationship among the city of Toronto and its boroughs amalgamated as the Greater Toronto Area.

Hence this article in today’s Globe and Mail aids my understanding of the undermining of Mr. Ford’s credibility with anti Ford actions that go way back to 2011 when I received a flier in my mailbox urging me to establish a Twitter account to tweet something bad about Mayor Ford; then his conflict of interest case, his refusing “free money” to finance a gangs research project, the publicly unseen spring 2013 video and finally the October 31 to November 13 non-stop media lashing that culminated in city council giving his mayoral  powers to former federal Liberal, Mr. Kelley ” a one-time MP under Pierre Trudeau” .