Menzies complained about the abuse Rob Ford receives, recalling a question during the 2010 mayoral campaign when someone asked about his obesity and the possibility of having a heart attack in office.
Menzies hypothesized about asking a similar question to Smitherman, then a mayoral candidate.
“You know, George, being a practising homosexual and being the fact that you’ve been involved with all kinds of illicit drug use, how do we know you won’t engage in high-risk sex and drug use that will bring about, uh, HIV leading to AIDS and you’ll die in office?”
The council ruled that Menzies’ comments about Smitherman, who is openly gay, violated several provisions in its code of ethics.
Neither Menzies nor Smitherman could be reached for comment.
“I’ve been told the Star purposely assigned, uh, their most effeminate, uh, reporter there — I’m not taking shots at him for being that way — but just to make the ledger look all the more slanted if you did bring about any physicality.”
Dale declined to comment on the broadcast council’s ruling.
Menzies then called Mary Walsh, an actress on the CBC show This Hour Has 22 Minutes who surprised Rob Ford on his driveway in character, an alcoholic.
The council determined those two comments were “not as abusive in nature as those directed at George Smitherman and homosexuals in the other portion of the program.”