Nick Kulick Blog #5

Ford says he didn’t lie about crack use

November 20, 2013

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/world/canada-rob-ford-interview/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

This article describes Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford’s, admission to smoking crack. After five months of denials, he has admitted to smoking crack after a friend and occasional driver faced charges amid a drug investigation. Although Ford was not directly charged in the investigation, he has now admitted to these allegations under pressure faced in this circumstance. Ford says that he was being accused of smoking crack, and that he is not a crack smoker even though he has smoked crack. Ford says he was denying the accusations because he is not a regular smoker and should not be judged based on a single event. Ford admitted that his accusation were wrong and said “I am moving on.”

Although Ford is not a United States government official, this case shows an example of a situation that commonly occurs in the United States. Ultimately, Ford was accused of something and denied that it occurred. Then, he was forced to admit to it under an investigation, but says that someone’s choice of words when they asked the question was the reason that he denied the allegations, and therefore was not lying. There is no question that Ford was lying and that he should have admitted fault regardless of how the question was worded. These kind of issues are fairly common in politics. Political leaders are monitored 24/7 by the media, and are expected to always serve as a role model to society. When they make a mistake, media outlets around the world rush to cover the event and the politician is shunned by the public. Ford was likely afraid any admission would result in his crack use being blown out of proportion and denied that accusations, hoping the event would fade away with time. And while Ford was wrong, the public should realize that politicians are humans too and that minor events should not be blown out of proportion.

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