November 1, 2013 12:30 pm
Updated: November 5, 2013 2:51 pm

Gawker vs the Toronto Star

U.S. website Gawker was first to publish this image of Mayor Rob Ford with three men.

Screenshot / Gawker

TORONTO — Since Toronto Police confirmed it has a video of Toronto’s mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, one of the publications that kicked off the controversy has been loudly trumpeting its journalism.

In a piece published Friday, Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank argued the revelation is a testament to the Star‘s “extraordinary reporting.”

READ MORE: Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine

He also provided similar comments to Global News.

Cruickshank’s comments resulted in a Twitter tirade by Gawker’s editor John Cook, who initially broke the story of the crack video last spring.

Cook argued it was Gawker, and not the Star, that sparked the police investigation:

So, who is right?

Well, technically, both publications. On page 9 of the Information to Obtain document, police credit both sources:

Both Gawker and the Toronto Star are referenced in the ITO provided by Toronto Police.

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