Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is famous!
According to Influence Communications' media-monitoring figures released on Wednesday, Ford's crack-cocaine narrative has received more American media coverage than any other Canadian story in this century. As well, the story was covered more in the United States than in Canada, The Canadian Press reported.
"No story in the 21st century has given Canada this much exposure," President of the Montreal-based media monitoring firm, Jean-Francois Dumas, told the CP.
"It's not just the tabloids. It's not just People. It's the New York Times, the New York Post. All sorts of media covered this. It became a social phenomenon.... It's truly exceptional in terms of coverage."
According to CBC News, Time magazine is including Ford in their "Top 10 Apologies" of 2013 list, placing him in second place after celebrity chef Paula Deen.
The media-monitoring report also said that Ford was mentioned in 14,385 stories across U.S. media platforms between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1.