When we talk about Conrad Black, we get a lot of response. When we talk to Conrad Black, we get more. And when we talk to Conrad Black about talking to Rob Ford, things get really hectic around here.
Last night, Carol did indeed speak with Conrad Black about his controversial conversation with Toronto mayor Rob Ford. That interview aired Monday on the Vision TV program, "The Zoomer."
In the interview, Lord Black, who is renowned for suing journalists he feels haven't properly represented the facts about him, let two serious insinuations from the mayor go unchallenged.
In one case, Mayor Ford suggested Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was a pedophile, after he chased Mr. Dale from a park next to the mayor's house -- a parcel of land Mr. Ford was attempting to purchase. Police determined that, contrary to the mayor's allegations that Mr. Dale had been photographing his children, the only photograph on his phone was of the park in question.
Mr. Ford also insinuated that the police investigation into his friend Sandro Lisi -- who is currently facing trial for extortion -- was Police Chief Bill Blair's revenge for his refusal to increase the police budget.
Here is part of Carol's conversation with Lord Black, from yesterday:
From last night's program, that was Conrad Black explaining why he did not challege Toronto mayor Rob Ford's allegation that the police targeted him in response to his refusal to increase the city's police services budget.
That interview certainly caught a lot of attention on social media, e-mail, and our website. And also from Talkback.
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While the response to the interview was overwhelmingly positive, not everyone thought we were being fair. John Sollows of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, sent this e-mail:
"Carol, you're a great interviewer, but you overdid it with Conrad Black tonight. When he accused you of badgering him, he was right. I didn't see his interview with Rob Ford, but there's a place in journalism for comfortable interviews with public figures who wish to speculate.
"When Black was buying up media all across the country, I was worried. Now he's no longer a danger, just a bright guy with thoughts and viewpoints to contribute. Let him do it."
That e-mail was from John Sollows of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Our interview also managed to become a "trending" topic on Twitter last night, where Robin Marwick opined, "Conrad Black has been in the media business for easily 50 years but he has no clue about the responsibilities of a journalist, evidently." And Talisman Belgraves tweeted, "So when Conrad Black refers to a 'conversation' what he means is an opportunity to spread dishonest rhetoric unchallenged. Got it."
Those were just two of more than a thousand references to Carol's interview with Conrad Black on Twitter. And in case you missed it, you can find it at on our website at cbc.ca/asithappens. And you can find us on Twitter @cbcasithappens.