Doug Ford actually makes a good point for once

Doug Ford actually makes a good point for once

(Image: Davis: Michael Erickson/Facebook; Ford: Christopher Drost) (Image: Davis: Michael Erickson/Facebook; Ford: Christopher Drost)
 

Wednesday was an extraordinary day, because it’s the day Doug Ford complained about his treatment by the media in a way that was completely fair and sensible. This almost never happens, we swear.

Ford, who in the past has accused reporters of “stalking” and “ambushing” him and members of his family, was at a meeting of city council’s budget committee yesterday when, according to the Sun, fellow councillor Janet Davis told him something to the effect of “keep your fucking mouth shut.” (We don’t know the exact wording because Davis said it off-mic.) Granted, Davis’s outburst wasn’t entirely unprovoked: it came after a classic Doug Ford tirade against city spending. She apologized for the remark.

Afterwards, Doug Ford spoke to reporters. “I’d tell you right now,” he said, “if Doug Ford said that, not only the media but the council would have me strung up over City Hall swinging right now.” Exaggeration and third-person phrasing aside, he makes a good point. Doug Ford pays a higher price for gaffes than most other politicians—but, on the other hand, most politicians aren’t Doug Ford.