CFRB NewsTalk “Beat the Press”: Hazel McCallion links media “animosity” to Tuscon shootings. And Councillors’ homes to be searched?

January 14th, 2011  

In our January 11, 2011 Blog I reported on Hazel McCallion’s “Friends of Hazel” and their Orwellian DELETION/ERASE operation of hundreds of readers’ comments at the Mississauga News.

In yesterday’s blog we featured Hazel McCallion chastizing National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole at Wednesday’s Mississauga General Committee meeting.

Today we highlight Mayor McCallion’s “angry exchange with CFRB reporter Amber Gero” on Tuesday’s CFRB NewsTalk radio.

According to veteran reporter, John Stewart (Mississauga News):

McCallion accused Gero of stirring up unneeded controversy and suggested that such irresponsible questioning by the media was, in part, responsible for escalating tensions that lead to incidents such as the shooting this past weekend of a United States (U.S.) congresswoman in Arizona.

“Often the press is out to cause controversy,” McCallion said. “I think what’s happening in the U.S. is an example of the press building animosity against politicians and the government. I hope some good will come out of what has happened.”

Time for another video. The first 25 segment contains audio of McCallion’s heated words on CFRB fingering the press for “building animosity against politicians and the government.”

The video then switches to the next day’s Mississauga General Committee meeting —this time it was Councillor Eve Adams who had some heated words for McCallion. As always I’ll provide the transcript.

Special thanks to CFRB NewsTalk for the audio in the first 25 seconds.

CFRB Hazel McCallion links media “animosity” to Tuscon shootings Councillors’ homes to be searched?  (3:51 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—It’s just that

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

I hope—

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—talking about taxpayers money, I—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

The press is —often the press is out to cause controversy. And I think what’s happened in the United States is a good example of the press building animosity against politicians and  government. And I hope that there’ll be some good will come out of what has happened.”

[DIP TO WHITE]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I was really, really, really upset when I got the call from the media. I was being asked whether or not I was going to one of these $700 parties. So you know, [inaudible] on the meat of the issue and welcome a proper debate as opposed to this Orwellian debate where we’re talking about, you know, having people come into people’s home and checking our Staff’s computers. For what amounts to actually a really legitimate issue.

Somebody raised a legitimate issue. And we had a discussion about it.

If we want to have a discussion about what else transpired yesterday, I for one was really offended as a mom when somebody raised the Arizona shooting as a defense.

Do you know the name of the little girl —the 9-year-old girl who died? It was Christina. And she died because she was an innocent victim. She did absolutely nothing wrong.

And for someone to hide proper public discourse —to hide the expenditure of public tax dollars on a birthday party behind the death of an innocent girl is offensive. I mean that was pretty awful. And embarrassing as a member of this City Council.

[CUT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

—the very first utterance —or audiotape that I ever made, which was May 5th, 2006 —when the City Manager said, We don’t have, “We don’t just have pockets of Excellence in this organization. We have Excellence throughout.”

I spent four years saying, “Uh uh uh, that’s not the case at all.”

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

That the mistrust that is occurring and it’s kind of bubbling up in the United States right now talking about mistrust of government and the heated rhetoric there. Yes, the rhetoric is heated, but make no mistake that the mistrust of government is justified!

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

So if people around this table are upset that something was leaked to the media, I’m upset! I’m upset because I got a call from the media saying that politicians were going to have $700 perks given to them. And I don’t want to be one of those people that walks [sic] around in this city as people at the grocery store or at my doctor’s office look at me and say, “Are you one of the politicians that accepted the $700 perk?”

I did not leak this information to the media.

If the integrity commissioner would like to come and check my cell phone records and do all sorts of forensic audits of my computers and so on? God Speed, I will not be submitting to that voluntarily. I don’t know what the proper legal recourse is but if you can actually obtain that, I would be really impressed and I will happily submit to all of that, I have absolutely nothing to hide.

But that isn’t the issue.

The issue isn’t the leaking of the information. The issue is actually the meat and substance of it, which is, I don’t believe that tax dollars should be used for personal birthday parties. And I don’t think that Staff have the authority to make these types of decisions. And if they do, we ought to be looking at the delegated authority we’ve provided because it’s not a one-time occurrence. It’s now happened twice in a couple of months.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And for fun, or for those who are really, really, really missing Councillor Carolyn Parrish right now…. this dark comedy video. Featuring Mayor Hazel McCallion, McCallion-supporter-Councillor Ron Starr and June 2007 footage of Councillor “This isn’t a secret society” Carolyn Parrish.

Music: “Don’t crash the ambulance” Dire Straits.

Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr versus the National Post –and Ghost of Parrish Past (3:44 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE ON STAFF NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES (AUDIT COMMITTEE 090511) "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy."

“There seems to be a complete disregard for policy.” –Hazel McCallion, May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga" "Justanopinion  Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM       Face reality  Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!  MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMME

“The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga” MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMMENT:

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!

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