Is this from The Star or . . . The Onion?
The Star and the Mayor have a long-running feud. And the Mayor has had security incidents at his home before, including one that led to an arrest. There have been assorted death threats. With all of that in mind, the Star probably should have reconsidered its plan to send a reporter, at night, to walk the fence of the Mayor’s private home. The telling point here isn’t that the Mayor blew a gasket — he does that sometimes — but that it was his neighbour who saw the reporter taking photos and raised the alarm. The Toronto Star might be able to convince people that the Mayor lost his cool and overreacted. But the fact that other people, who aren’t public figures and aren’t locked in a feud with their paper, also found the reporter’s presence disturbing is something that the Star should consider. It’s unlikely they’re the mood to now, having battened down all the hatches, but going forward, guys — if old men in their homes see your reporter and are alarmed by his presence, that might be a sign you’re being a tad aggressive.
I guess this is what passes for news these days. I'm waiting for the 13-part blockbuster series on the recarpeting of his rumpus room. Should be good for a few National Newspaper Awards, at the least.