Her Master’s Voice

You might almost start to feel sorry for Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy if it weren’t for the fact that she has to be the luckiest newspaper columnist around. ?????????????????????????????????Seriously. She must wake up every morning, look into the mirror and just cackle to herself.

A terrible writer of words, she gets paid to write terrible words that oftentimes include heavy doses of union/leftist bashing, all the while being safely ensconced inside a union. It doesn’t get any better than that, really. Sanctioned and handsomely rewarded sanctimonious hypocrisy. Talk about your sweet deals.

Not only that but she’s risen to the ranks of official court reporting, the Ford Administration’s go-to print mouthpiece. Sue-Ann Levy, the voice of the mayor of Toronto. Who could’ve seen the stars align in such a way for that to happen?

Still, partisan hackery isn’t all bons bons and caviar. Sometimes there’s real work to be done. All the moving parts of this Rube Goldberg contraption that is the Rob Ford mayoralty have to work just so for it to function properly, and god knows there’s been some seizing up of the machine for a while now. rubegoldbergIt takes some resolve to continue tinkering in order to keep the wheels from coming off completely. Less loyal apparatchiks would (and have) simply walked away from what they view as the smoldering remains.

But not Sue-Ann. She’s not willing to give up on her spot in the sun, her position of power. Do you know the chances of this situation ever arising again? She’s been on the outside looking in for too long to simply slink back now and resume yapping at the moon. In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.

So there she was, spilling ink over the mayor’s hollow Hero Burgers victory at city council this week and vilifying those who dared interfere with the sacred process of proper procurement. Her shit-list grows longer – overlapping seamlessly with the mayor’s list — now including ‘rogue councillor’ Paul Ainslie. A recent addition, there’s no patented SAL schoolyard nickname for him yet. Something catchy that makes a 10 year-old laugh like she’s honed for the TTC Chair. Councillor Stunts. (Get it? Her name’s actually Stintz). La TTC Turncoat. nyahnyah(Remember? Councillor Stintz backstabbed Mayor Ford and thwarted his chances of building a make-believe subway on Sheppard Avenue).

You see, anyone disagreeing with or defying Mayor Ford is dead to Sue-Ann Levy. It’s not about partisanship. It has nothing to do with left and right although Sue-Ann does especially hate her the Silly Socialists. Since she’s thrown all in with Team Ford, anyone who doesn’t is going to find themselves on the business end of grade school nickname a la SAL.

That is the mark of a true a flak. Never question your meal ticket’s actions. It’s always the other guy’s fault. Haughty ambitions or weak constitutions are to blame for any falling outs with the mayor. Never is he or his brother or the third Etobicoke amigo, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday in the wrong. Suggesting as much could lead to some unwelcomed introspection or, even worse, unreturned phone calls from the mayor’s office.

It’s called ‘Knowing Which Side Your Bread Is Buttered’. Politics as blind allegiance not good governance. sueannlevyrobfordYou got to dance with the one that brung ya. And Sue-Ann Levy has danced with Rob Ford.

Any hint of desperation in Sue-Ann’s outbursts – and it’s hard to detect since it sounds like her usual ravings – is because she’s hitched her little red wagon so firmly to Mayor Ford’s star. A star that’s dimmed significantly over the course of the last year to 18 months. If Sue-Ann and the Toronto Sun can’t keep the Team Ford super nova from flaming out entirely, they’ll find themselves once more in the power shadow, no longer the mayor’s official paper of record and just another rag with a Sunshine girl and sports scores.

Being so closely aligned with the current administration and lashing out at any apostate, regardless of political stripe, Sue-Ann Levy risks being relegated deep into the bleacher seats again. Having been granted access to power, she’s showing her true colours and they’re not conservative blue. It’s a shade you turn when you give up reporting or even opining, and just start typing out p.r. memos from head office. What’s that look like? A buttery yellow?

Sue-Ann Levy refers to herself as a ‘general s— disturber’. Actual shit disturbers don’t say s— disturber. They say shit disturber. hismastersvoice1And real shit disturbers don’t simply regurgitate talking points and pick fights as a proxy for those in power. That’s called sy—phancy.

Such lack of self-awareness would be sad if it weren’t on display by the likes of Sue-Ann Levy. In her, it’s more pathetic but in a funny kind of way.

almost sympathetically submitted by Cityslikr

10 thoughts on “Her Master’s Voice

  1. Gosh, you have a real hate for Sue-Ann Levy. I hope if she takes up my cause it won’t influence your opinion of it?

    I think she might consider investigating how Affordable Housing in my community was eliminated and how so many so-called “lefties” went along with it. People like Carroll, Vaughan, Perks, Davies, Fletcher, who I’m sure you wouldn’t have expected to trash a great deal that was agreed to by the community, all on the community council AND the developer. ALL at no cost to the City!

    When Karen Stuntz (sorry, I think it’s a great nickname for her, given her track record and flip-flopping) killed the Affordable Housing in my ‘hood, it saved the developer a whole heap of money without a cent of compensation for the community or the City.

    If she does pick-up on this for a story in need of telling, I hope you’ll be able to read and weep, even though you have such low personal regard for her.

    • I am getting bored with your story, your angry rants really are not saying much.
      Write SAL, anyone that has read her stuff knows how much of an advocate she is of the under class, the poor, the homeless, the disabled. If she can go on an attack she will write about it, but don’t expect facts, reasoning or empathy.
      Now stop taking and try to get action.

      • Sorry to hear you are getting bored Steve. Maybe you need to stop reading? You can’t be much of a supporter of Affordable Housing for needy TO residents.

        If SAL does take up the story, I’ll provide the facts. Even if she uses them to expose a few councillors, so long as it advances the Affordable Housing policies of Toronto Council, I won’t complain.

  2. SAL is the shit(insert cackle)…more commenter than journalist. The Fords were commenting/campaigning on their mouth piece 1010 & mentioned the Hero Burgers. Also Coca Cola coming downtown…(delicious)

    the real rich one was their boasting about Arts funding going up. When the truth it was Activists who pushed for the Bill Board Tax that Rob was supposed to kill. Fortunately Council saw the economic value & spinoffs of investing in the Arts from that source.

    In 2010, during a Mayoral Debate at the AGO; Rob was soundly booed for saying the “private sector should fund Arts”(paraphrase)

  3. Lol @ you calling her partisan hackery. that is all YOU do. hypocrisy is your middle name. pot kettle black.

    I haven’t seen a hypocrite partisan coward as yourself. Anyone disagreeing with left wing ndp ideals is troll. wrong. you act like a dictator. everyone who has a different opinion is wrong. lefties can never do anything wrong.

    Ford kicked the tchc board who was having parties at spas instead of spending money to fix tchc buildings. yet you bitched that Ford was evil.

    You went on he was going to close libraries yet when he didn’t and Maureen O’Reiley Union prez striked and actually closed the libraries, no sound from you.

    • Yet he posted your comment after moderation! Ford doesn’t really answer questions. Have you read SAL?
      This is a blog on Municipal Politics – Ford is a public figure.
      your finger pointing to change the topic…

      Ford over reacted to having a Christmas party and giving chocolates as gifts to volunteer tenant reps for their time. Repairs are falling behind under his cronies…

      The Municipal Affairs library was closed and the library strike is indicative of “not labour peace” under Ford

      so is Ford a great mayor OR the greatest?

      • LIbrary workers complained about the potential of having to cut back library hours under the budget cuts, saying it was a denial of service, yet went out on strike. So who really denied the service?

  4. I’m surprised to see such a comment here. The remarks do not surprise me at all. I suspect banishment awaits both of us!

    Having made reference to the elimination of Affordable Housing in my community at the hand of much-lauded so-called lefties on Council, I got only more of the stylised invective.

    I had expected the injustice of it worthy of some comment. Nothing but silence.

    If the loss had been at the hand of ‘residents in leafy North Toronto’, I suspect the denunciation would have been loud and clear.

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