Conrad Black, Star Reporter Respond to Mayor Ford Interview

Co-host of a Vision TV show Zoomer, Conrad Black, defended his interview in a column published on Saturday, in which he had invited Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Black mentioned that “I do not conduct an antagonistic debate,” while adding that “this is a format that viewers seem to enjoy, and it was on this basis that guests — including Mayor Ford, last week — have agreed to speak with me.” Writing about the intent of his interview, Black alleged the wanted to give Ford space in which “he could say whatever he wanted to get off his chest.”

In the show televised on Monday evening, Ford discussed his relationship with the media. Elaborating over which, he remembered an incident of May 2, 2012, when he saw Star reporter, Daniel Dale, outside his home. Ford alleged that “I have little kids” and “when a guy’s taking pictures of little kids, I don’t want to say that word, but you starting thinking you know, what’s this guy all about.” Even though Ford might not have used exact words but response to his insinuation was swift.

Responding to the comments Ford made during the interview, Dale alleged that “it’s the word that people are already attaching to my name in emails and Twitter posts. It’s the word that will now come up every time a prospective interviewee or new acquaintance Googles me. It’s false. It’s malicious. It’s defamatory. It’s mind-boggling. It’s damn gross.”

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