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In these pages last Wednesday, columnist Christie Blatchford objected to the Toronto Star very thorough coverage — other adjectives are available — of all things to do with the city’s constantly embattled mayor, Rob Ford. She dislikes the paper’s “tactics”: sending a reporter to Huntsville, Ont., where he has a cottage; “staking out his backyard at night”; and posting a video in which two people giggle as Mr. Ford exits a KFC location with a bucket of chicken.

To my mind, those tactics are in fact in the best tradition of a very ruthless brand of journalism that we don’t often see in Canada. The Star sent a reporter to Huntsville because Mr. Ford had skipped out on the Pride Parade to spend time with family; if he wasn’t there, say, that would have been a story. What Ms. Blatchford describes as “staking out his backyard at night” was in…

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