All three newscasts assigned a New York City based reporter to narrate video of the press conference by Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto in which he explained that it was probably during a drunken stupor that he had smoked crack cocaine. ABC's Linsey Davis offered a hat-tip to Gawker for drunk-mayor video; NBC's Stephanie Gosk credited the Toronto Star and threw in archival video of the Washington DC cocaine sting of Mayor Marion Barry for good measure. CBS' Don Dahler had the choicest soundbite from the presser: "I want to be crystal clear…" Mayor Ford insisted, implying that he was switching his narcotic of choice.
Also narrating north-of-the-border video was ABC's DC-based David Kerley, with footage of a fire emergency at Montreal Airport. By the way, NBC's Tom Costello filed an airline safety story too, a domestic one. He traveled to Orlando to give free publicity to jetBlue's high-fidelity flight simulator.
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