Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Reporters evicted from Rob Ford campaign speech

Four newspaper reporters were welcomed into the swanky University Club of Toronto on Monday evening to hear Rob Ford give a campaign speech to a group called the Society for the Young and Politically Engaged, the Star's Daniel Dale reports.
They were kicked out upon the mayor’s arrival. There had, apparently, been a misunderstanding. Club general manager Nico Barrett told Ford’s campaign in a Friday email that “no media” had been invited, specifying that “there are to be no television or radio reporters invited.”
But the society, a different entity, issued a press release to the print media two hours later.
“There is the possibility the mayor, because he was not properly informed that the media would be present — that he may not speak tonight if there is media present,” Barrett told the reporters after hastily calling them into a hallway.
Ford’s remarks ended up being publicized anyway. Attendees recorded his comments on Twitter as he uttered them. The reporters were from the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, and National Post.

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