Gawker cracks $200,000

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes a statement to the media in Toronto on Monday May 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes a statement to the media in Toronto on Monday May 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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Gawker, the U.S.-based gossip website has hit its crowdfunding goal to buy a video that its editor says shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. We convene a Q debate about the reporting on this story, and the ethics of paying for information. So-called chequebook journalism has long been verboten at major news organizations, but Gawker editor John Cook makes the case that there are times when it is justified. Taking the other side is Jeffrey Dvorkin, former chief journalist of CBC Radio and current head of the journalism program at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.


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