By now you’ve all heard about the controversy brewing around Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto. I won’t take any position on whether Rob Ford is a good mayor or even if he’s used crack or not. But I will comment on due process.
The Globe and Mail severely crossed the line on Friday when they published an article by Chris MacDonald, who says that Rob Ford must resign now even if he’s innocent. Why? Basically because the controversy has grown so much that it’s a full-blown crisis.
This is very disturbing from Canada’s biggest national newspaper. Just take a step back and look at what has happened in this whole controversy:
- First, the leftist media cooked up a story without providing a shred of evidence.
- They then proceeded to speak of nothing else for two weeks and whipped Toronto into a frenzy, thus manufacturing a crisis
- They then conclude that since there’s a crisis, Ford must resign even if he’s innocent.
Do you see the paucity of this logic? What’s really happened here is that the media have created their own “recall” system for politicians they don’t like. Just stir up a big controversy and then call on the mayor to resign even if he’s innocent.
The predicament for Rob Ford, of course, is that it’s logically impossible to prove that something doesn’t exist. How can you bring forth evidence to prove the non-existence of something? It can’t be done. That’s why nobody will ever prove that UFOs don’t exist or that leprechauns don’t exist. That’s also why the court system always places the burden of proof on the accuser to prove that a problem does exist.
But the media play by their own rules. This isn’t “guilty until proven innocent”. This is much worse. It’s “guilty regardless of what’s proven”.
It sets a deadly precedent of how low the political discourse can fall in this country. It also reinforces the growing cynicism of many Canadians towards the mainstream media, thus accelerating the move towards alternative sources of information.
And by the way, have you noticed the glaring contradiction between the lefties who want Ford to resign over the alleged drug use, versus the left’s ongoing push to have drugs legalized? If they really think drugs are so harmless, why is it such a big deal if the mayor is using?
Any logical Canadian should tell the media to bring forth the video or shut up. Until then, Canadians should tune-out of the noise until a video appears.
It may require Mayor Ford to initiate a libel suit to get this hysteria under control.