On Thursday, Toronto’s daily newspaper, The Toronto Star, published a new, never-before-seen video of the city’s mayor in an inebriated state.
According to Poynter, The Star paid a source $5,000 for the video. The source claimed to have filmed it from another person’s computer. The videos shows Mayor Rob Ford, in a visibly intoxicated state, pacing around a room and yelling, threatening to commit “first degree murder.” The story adds a new facet to Ford’s history of substance use nearly six months after Gawker started a $200,000 “Crackstarter” (don’t bother holding your laughter, I didn’t) to buy and publish a different video of the mayor supposedly smoking crack cocaine.
The Toronto newspaper originally refused to disclose the video’s price when it initially posted the story to its website just after noon. Poynter spoke to one of the reporters who wrote the story, Kevin Donovan, who said “we are not disclosing the amount but it is not a lot.”