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Social Media Twitter Chronology: Rob Ford’s “cologne” reported first –and then who tweeted “blow”…

August 13th, 2013  

This Rob Ford “cologne” versus “blow” scuffle reminds me of the quote that if you repeat a lie often enough it will be believed. Just can’t recall who that observation is attributed to. Hitler? Goebbels? Warren Kinsella?… Ezra Levant?

Doesn’t matter. Rob Ford said “cologne” and that’s the truth.

But the Damage is Done.

As of today, when you Google “Rob Ford” and “blow” you get about 643,000 results.  Search for “Rob Ford” and “cologne” and Google offers only about 26,000 results.

Now try and put yourself in Rob Ford’s place —and how you’d feel if “blow” happened to you.

My interest in Rob Ford’s Taste of the Danforth drunkenness was in who started the “blow” rumour and the Chronology of “cologne” versus “blow”.

The actual video Toronto Mayor Rob Ford drunk walking along the danforth! was uploaded by Adrain Sosa on the evening of August 9, 2013.

It turns out that “cologne” was the first word to be identified on Twitter by 9:48 PM same day.

Here’s the tweet:

August 9, 2013 9:58 PM, Ben Spurr @BenSpurr, News writer at NOW Magazine
correctly reports that Rob Ford says “COLOGNE”.

Spurr/NOW Magazine is retweeted just 3 times….

“Blow” was crapped out on Twitter some time after midnight.  On August 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM, Potatowast3 @potatowast3 and Geoffrey Dow @ed_rex “Blogger, critic, ghost-writer” tweeted that Rob Ford says “blow”.

A lesson in Social Media. Twitter Chronology:  Rob Ford's "cologne" vs "blow". NOW Magazine first to get "cologne" right.

News writer at NOW Magazine Ben Spurr’s “cologne” was ignored and thus began the Traditional and Social Media “blow” pile-on… Even now on Twitter, people are spreading the lie that Ford said “blow” —a few are resolute, insisting that’s what they hear, despite being told otherwise.

This morning I tweeted, “Looks like @BenSpurr of NOW generated the First Tweet of what Rob Ford REALLY said. Tweet at 9:58 August 9, 2013. ‘COLOGNE'”

Ben Spurr responded confirming that he’d actually talked to the videographer!

Spurr tweeted:

@MISSISSAUGAMUSE Yes I don’t think he says “blow.” At the time the videographer told me it was “cologne”

8:30 AM – 13 Aug 13

Ben Spurr @BenSpurr tweets videographer told him Rob Ford said "cologne"
Won’t matter though.

A ‘blow’ lie gets halfway around the world before the ‘cologne’ truth has a chance to get its pants on.  —Winston Churchill (kind of)

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

A drunken Rob Ford doesn’t say “blow” but “cologne”. How could Traditional Media miss that? (35 sec)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

ROB FORD as “Brother” puts his arm around the Mayor for a PhotoOp.

“I’m not driving. I’m not driving. Get that away, buddy.. I know, but it stinks, brother. Between you and I, brother… Brother –when it stinks… You gotta… Maybe some cologne. You want some cologne? I need some cologne. [inaudible]. I have it. Seriously.”

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

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