When Gawker published an article saying they had seen Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine, it set off a firestorm in political spheres and journalistic circles. From a Twitter fight between Gawker and Toronto Star on who got the “exclusive” to a debate on chequebook journalism and what this coverage means for media libel, J-Source has your round up on news and commentary on this unprecedented journalistic event.
Most news organizations have strict policies to not pay for the news. But he question is: can a case be made for public interest that makes paying for the alleged Ford video justifiable? Toronto Star columnist Rose DiManno wants her newspaper to pay for the alleged Rob Ford video reasoning that if the Star doesn’t, the video may be bought by people who would prefer to let it disappear for good. The Province in Vancouver also launched a crowdfunding campaign to access the alleged video. Edward Tubb reports.
The Rob Ford video is not news, it’s only gossip, according to two journalism ethics professors, and the difference is the standards of verification. Romayne Smith-Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson argue the public must be wondering what outweighed the search for truth.