The Star’s Corey Mintz thinks he’s really cute for setting-up Toronto mayor Rob Ford asking for assistance so he could then dump all over him in a smarmy column:
He shakes my hand but is reluctant to accept the lunch I’ve packed for him. I think he could use a nutritious meal if he’s going to spend his day helping private citizens like me.
So I assure him that it’s a balanced lunch, a steak sandwich with pickled onions and basil and a salad with dressing on the side. He gives up a little smile when I say dressing on the side. The steak is bavette, cooked medium rare, sauced with jus, which is beef stock reduced down to a near-syrup. So basically, super-gravy. I include a signed copy of my book because, like the mayor, I never miss an opportunity to campaign. (see here)
What is the journalistic ethics of pretending to have an issue for a politician to help solve as a set-up for ambushing them? And people wonder what ‘happens’ to idealistic politicians when garbage like this is played against them.
Newspapers realize why they are dying right?