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International reaction roundup to Rob Ford revelations

Posted by Derek Flack / May 1, 2014

Rob Ford News International HeadlinesIt's already widely known that Rob Ford is an international phenomenon, but when news of the magnitude we got last night breaks, it makes waves around the world. And that's kinda weird, isn't it. Toronto, a city so desperate for global recognition, has finally got it, but in the most problematic of ways. It will be interesting to see what happens with on the late night talk shows tonight, but the international headlines have already piled up since this latest scandal broke.

Here's a quick roundup of what the world is saying.

CNN was quick to jump on the story, taking a (much needed) break from Donald Sterling coverage.

On one end of the publishing pole, The New York Times weighed in with a rather dry news story, while on the other, TMZ ran the story at the top of their page with the type of title you'd expect from the site. Perez Hilton also got in on the fun.

ABC covered the hard news story, and then got in on the party with this roundup of the best Rob Ford one-liners.

The Wall Street Journal has remained on top of the story throughout the day. Ditto for the BBC.

The lede of this Washington Post story is pure gold, while Gawker devoted almost as many stories to Ford as we have.

The best part of this Buzzfeed article is the "related links" section, while New York Magazine gets straight to the list-based content with this roundup of times Ford has been caught on tape.

Now all we have to wait for is the latest Taiwanese animated take on the story.



Mayor McCokehoover / May 1, 2014 at 01:17 pm
He is %100 committed to getting his tan-on in Acapulco, while pretending to get help for alcohol addiction.
Amy / May 1, 2014 at 01:34 pm
"Perez Hilton also got in on the fun." I'm glad all the media thinks this is FUN
Herm / May 1, 2014 at 01:40 pm
ENOUGH OF ROB FORD!!! Can we finally discuss the other candidates now?

Olivia Chow meets with, is endorsed by, ranting homophobe who encourages rape
MER1978 replying to a comment from Herm / May 1, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Oh I get it I'm supposed to believe that Olivia Chow who has been a very vocal supporter of the gay community for like a decade has suddenly become homophobic... her not really knowing much about wrestling excuse is just way too hard to believe.

You'll have to try a little harder Fraud Nation sorry 'bout it.
iSkyscraper / May 1, 2014 at 02:04 pm
International is right. I walked into the office here in Manhattan today completely unaware of the latest news about the child-mayor, only to see on the screen at reception not only the usual CNBC panel and stock tickers and such but a bullet on the right side: "Mayor Rob Ford to get help". Utterly surreal.

Will be interesting to see what late-night does with this tonight. On the one hand, a lot of fun new material. On the other hand, usually not supposed to beat up on someone going to rehab, even if they issue non-apologies and play the victim card.
Pompous Know-It-All Doug Ford / May 1, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Wah! Wah! Wah!! Wah!! Wah!!Boo hoo!! Oh Boo hoo!! If I had known I wouldn't have introduced Rob to drugs when he was 12!
the lemur / May 1, 2014 at 02:15 pm
'International reaction' = 10 US media outlets.

So desperate for 'global recognition' that we don't look any further than the country next door for proof of our 'world-class' status, I guess.
Herm replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 1, 2014 at 02:26 pm
What does this have to do with Ford Nation we're discussing one of the other candidates.

No one said Olivia Chow was homophobic but you. There article just states she met with one and received an endorsement.
She clearly made a bad choice in meeting the iron sheik which shows one act of very poor judgement.
MER1978 replying to a comment from the lemur / May 1, 2014 at 02:31 pm
So the BBC is American now then?
MER1978 replying to a comment from Herm / May 1, 2014 at 02:33 pm
She made a mistake absolutely... she also owned up to it almost immediately and it isn't hard to see how she would have made it... consequently it isn't really much of an issue... if she made tons of minor judgment errors like this I guess you might have a case... we're pretty far from that at this point.

Rob Ford has supplied the media + public with a constant stream of screw ups and outright lies... that's why there is constant media discussing it.
James replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 1, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Yes is north american. is the euro version.
MER1978 replying to a comment from James / May 1, 2014 at 02:38 pm
It's on the splash page and currently stands as their #3 most watched/viewed story... try again?
James replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 1, 2014 at 02:59 pm
The link above is to Please try again.
Sally Snyder / May 1, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Here is an article that looks at how much was spent in 2010 to get Rob Ford elected and how many of his supporters were willing to contribute thousands of dollars
to get him into office:

It would be interesting to know how his major donors feel about their membership in Ford Nation right now.
Borte / May 1, 2014 at 03:04 pm
The animation referred to at the end of the post was Taiwanese, not Japanese.
Reba replying to a comment from Sally Snyder / May 1, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Would be interesting to know how much campaign funds Tory and Chow have raised and from which families and organizations for a comparison along with Fords.
Toucan Sam / May 1, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Doesn't matter really. Bottom line is you have a very large block of supporters who vote ABC - Anything But Chow. Rob Ford dropping out would just make it easier. No more splitting the vote.
Dameon / May 1, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Think again on that one because the Asian community and the gays who are large groups in Toronto as well as many others who will vote for Chow and you can thank Rob and Dough for that. You Ford supporter or what is left of you out there will not be enough to make the difference and like Rob Ford and his brother it is time you admitted your incompitence and made way for a mayor who will be mayor of all Torontonians including the gay community.
Alexandra Sandra Lisa / May 1, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Boom-a-clotter. Leave the man alone. He and his brother hand out cash at apartments. He looks after his crackstituents. ScarCRACK & EtobiCOKE are proud to be part of Ford Nation.

Just wait and watch when he becomes priemer then PM. He will ensure crack & cocaine are legalized.
The Shakes / May 1, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Thanks Rob Ford, for putting us on the international map. I see a whole new city marketing campaign. Who wants to be "Toronto the Good", when we can be "Toronto the Crunk". when you lose in October, maybe Chow or Tory can keep you on as a mascot.
the lemur replying to a comment from MER1978 / May 1, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Okay, I missed that one. But still. One UK site and 9 US ones, nothing from anywhere else in the world.
toronto dude replying to a comment from Sally Snyder / May 1, 2014 at 05:23 pm
that is strikingly odd....why were all italian families from outside of toronto making large campaign contributions to ford in 2010? what did they hope to or actually get in return?
Boris Badanov / May 1, 2014 at 05:37 pm
Rob Ford like good Russian crookitician. Not known in Russia Toronto corrupt like Kremlin. Good to know.
Hey Toronto dude! / May 1, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Why do you think they gave $$$? Municipal politics in Toronto/GTA/Ontario have been corrupt at least since WWII. Ever hear of Project 80? Ask Francis RCMP/OPP/TPS investigation of municipal corruption.
Gladys Gauthier / May 1, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Shame on you rob Ford ,once again the best city in the world is in the news for the wrong reasons.

Fred / May 1, 2014 at 08:38 pm
Shame on all of us. Can we now openly talk about the other candidates and their platforms of is that still considered a deflection from the Ford circus that we all must pay attention to.

Let me know, I'd like to discuss the other candidates. The anyone but Ford no longer applies Ford is currently out can we please spend the next 30 days focused on the other candidates? Please? At least for 30 days?
Fred / May 1, 2014 at 08:44 pm
What does everyone think about Olivia's transit platform?

While it doesn't sound bad, I find it strange to come out with such a specific platform that asks for money from the provincial and federal governments when the current provincial government has already announced their transportation plans to us.
Suburbs / May 1, 2014 at 08:46 pm
How much better does it feel in Toronto tonight? Is everybody celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief? Your prayers have been answered.
Alan / May 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm
May 1st should be declared the international Rob Ford Day - May 1st. So we all NEVER FORGET!
Georgina replying to a comment from Alan / May 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Mayor Hate / May 2, 2014 at 08:49 am
Hateful and Disgusting - and that's just Ford Nation.
Randy (Groucho), Doug (Zeppo) and Rob (Harpo) / May 3, 2014 at 02:50 pm
...and one hardboiled egg!
Dr. Kukko / May 3, 2014 at 03:27 pm
What reaction is coming to the Rob Ford sex tape?
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