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Chris Selley: As Rob Ford happens

In Canada on October 27, 2010 at 20:50

“The CBC, you f–king idiot!”

That’s a blogger over at Eye professing astonishment at Rob Ford’s cringe-inducing sort-of interview with CBC’s Carol Off on yesterday’s As It Happens. Torontoist helpfully transcribes the proceedings, during which Mr. Ford ignores questions, delivers boilerplate gravy-train rhetoric, yells at various people related to a football game he was about to coach and then abruptly signs off. Anyone on Twitter will have seen various accounts of fellow Tweeters’ surprise, disgust, shame, embarrassment and brains shooting out their noses in response to Mr. Ford’s egregious faux-pas.

Now, people have every right to expect a mayor-elect not to give an interview such as that — indeed, to expect him to decline to give an interview at all sooner than give that interview. It didn’t sound to me like he even realized he was on live radio. If he did, he certainly didn’t care. That’s unfortunate.

On the other hand, I somehow doubt the mayor-elect listens to As It Happens. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’d never heard of it — or if anyone else had never heard of it, for that matter. This may shock George Smitherman and Joe Pantalone voters, but in any given day, fewer Torontonians are exposed to Radio One than to The Edge, 680 News, CHFI, CHUM FM, Z103.5, Q107, boom 97.3, Virgin Radio and KISS 92.5.

Two observations: One, it’s a little much to be scandalized by Mr. Ford’s election win and be scandalized by the As It Happens interview, in which he simply conformed, briefly, to the apocalyptic dumbth that’s been ascribed to him for the past 10 months. And two, if you find yourself particularly outraged that Mr. Ford blew off CBC — Of! All! Networks! — you probably haven’t even begun to come to terms with why Mr. Ford won the election in the first place, and might well win the next one.


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