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Gawker editor debates publishing Rob Ford crack allegations

Gawker editor John Cook discusses the decision to publish allegations that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can be seen allegedly smoking crack cocaine in a video that his organization is attempting to purchase.

John Cook part of panel with journalism professor Jeffrey Dvorkin on Q with Jian Ghomeshi

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has denied allegations that he can be seen in a video smoking what appears to crack cocaine. Gawker has reached the fundraising goal of $200,000 to purchase the video, but has been unable to reach the seller.

Gawker editor John Cook discusses the decision to publish allegations that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can be seen allegedly smoking crack cocaine in a video that his gossip website is attempting to purchase.

Cook debated the ethics of the story with Jeffrey Dvorkin, a University of Toronto professor and former CBC journalist, on Tuesday's episode of Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

Ford has denied the allegations and CBC News has not been able to validate the existence of the video or any of the claims being made about it.

Listen to the complete interview above.