Today’s edition of the Toronto Sun, Hogtown’s version of the New York Post, promises “8 Ford Pages Inside.” Above a headline and great illustration combo that hates on the city’s “extremely, extremely inebriated” mayor for continuing to attract a mountain of sordid international media coverage.
Earlier this week, before that crazy new video of Ford surfaced, the paper was leading with: ‘The world is cracking up at Toronto’s expense.’ We are indeed, although interestingly, in one of the more thoughtful bits of coverage, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates – who was eight years old in 1990 at the time of the Marion Barry scandal – suggested today’s social-media-buttressed mocking Merry-Go-Round will actually mean this has less of a damaging impact on Toronto’s collective psyche than the Barry episode did on D.C.’s.
P.S. The “bad ink” reference and illustration, per the front-page inset photo, plumbs the fact that a Toronto resident yesterday chose to go the Ford tattoo route on Queen Street West at Forever Young Ink. Tattoo recipient Kevin Ledo has a number of other famous-people blots and told the Sun that if the opportunity arises, he will vote for Ford… Again!