Twitter news outlet Ontario News Now speaks to Doug Ford's insecurity - 2018-07-31
After Doug Ford stormed to victory in Ontario last month, the joke going around journalism circles was that news outlets might benefit from a spike in interest of the new Premier's erratic ways, similar to the so-called Trump Bump that has lifted the fortunes of newspapers south of the border. And, sure enough, Ford's time in office has already spawned the creation of a new journalist's job! True, it's not a real journalist, but we live in Potemkin times. Besides, beggars can't be choosers.
On Monday evening, the Ford-sponsored Twitter handle @OntarioNewsNow made its debut in the world, promising – per its biographic line – "Timely exclusive content on the PC government's priorities for the people of Ontario."
Its first and so far only tweet links to a video hosted by a woman named Lyndsey Vanstone, who gushes that the Premier has kept up an intense pace since "his inauguration." The video runs through a series of still photos of the Premier meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario firefighters and revellers in fancy dress at the Queen's Plate, and then it cuts to an interview in which Ford appears to speak to an off-camera reporter, touting his record, including the (baseless) claim that he has reduced gas prices by 10 cents. The video ends with Ms. Vanstone delivering an on-camera sign-off: "From Queen's Park, I'm Lyndsey Vanstone."