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Gawker Editor Defends 'Crackstarter' Funding

John Cook, the Gawker editor who led a public campaign to pay $200,00 for a video of the mayor of Toronto smoking crack, told Canada’s national broadcaster that he stands by his actions and suggested the country’s own media outlets failed in their reporting duties. Cook was speaking to CBC Radio after the latest twists in a bizarre political scandal over a video — witnessed by Cook and two Toronto Star reporters — that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sucking on a crack pipe and calling the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party a “faggot.”

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