GavinTheAlmighty: Note that Ford has been very, very careful not to say that the video doesn't exist; only that the allegations are "ridiculous". OF farkING COURSE they're ridiculous. The mayor of the fourth-largest city in North America is allegedly a crackhead. That's crazy-ridiculous! But it doesn't make it false. Things can be both ridiculous and true.I haven't contributed anything, not because I have a problem with giving them money (I do, but the alternatives of them holding onto the videotape and therefore being able to blackmail the mayor are worse) but because we don't know for certain if $200K is the confirmed asking price or if it's just an arbitrary number that they're going to use to negotiate. We also don't know if the video still exists - these are crack dealers we're talking about, not exactly a paragon of business integrity and intelligence.The video existed for sure - that's why Ford hasn't sued anyone into oblivion yet, because he knows that if he does, the video can be produced as evidence. But does it still exist now? We don't know. We're just going on the words of the Gawker and Star reporters. Not a huge problem for me - Donovan and Doolittle are great reporters - but still, they don't have the video in their possession.Allegedly there's a whole lot more to the story coming out, involving other people. The video will surely make its way out.
stealthd: It's still bad guys getting money for being bad guys.
stealthd: Ford is an ass, but you're RAISING MONEY TO GIVE TO CRACK DEALERS.
TheSelphie: skinink: Nick Denton and Gawker Media sure as hell don't need to crowdfund for 200 grand. They're just too cheap to pay for it out of pocket.This, wtf.
IlGreven: So, $200K to known drug dealers, all for a scoop? And they're scamming their own readers into it?...Really, if you gave to this but didn't give to the Red Cross after the tornado hit, I don't want to know you.
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