Apparently it is.
But for his bullying, rude and vulgar performance during an interview at the St. James Park eviction Wednesday, newly re-elected president of the Ontario Federation of Labour Sid Ryan owes a big one to the Sun News Network’s Jacqui Delaney.
We gave him the chance Thursday and he chose to not take it.
In fact he tried put the blame on Delaney and the Sun. The problem, though, is the video doesn’t lie. The best thing for you to do is to watch the video for yourself.
What you will see is Ryan accept an invitation to leave his protest group on Jarvis St. to be interviewed live on Delaney’s Newswire show. You will also see him become irritated at a question wondering with the police trying to calm things down, whether this was the appropriate time to rally already-defeated troops?
You will see him grab strongly Delaney’s arm and pull it down and then later grab her wrist — before calling her a “**** disturber” and storming off.
“He grabbed me by the back of the upper arm and used that force to turn my body away from him,” Delaney told me last night when I appeared with her on Charles Adler’s TV show. “As my arm went forward he then switched hands and grabbed me by the forearm and at some point was actually shaking me.”
Maybe this is why some call him Sid Vicious.
But normally affable and likeable Ryan has a different take on it.
“She pulled me by the arm to pull me over and I just put my hand on her shoulder to say ‘hey, I’ve got to go to my crowd.’ So she can feel what she likes but she’s an agitator and I am not playing your little silly game with SUN TV.”
One must be an agitator if Sid Ryan is calling you one. And he must want us to play more serious games like sponsoring some crystal meth addicts, mental health patients, homeless, anarchists and communists to run the front lines in your war on capitalism, Mayor Rob Ford and destroy a public park.
No agitation there.
He didn’t finish his interview with me either — choosing to walk away from the camera. But later in the full session of the 11th Biennial Convention of the OFL at the not exactly low-rent Sheraton Centre he said the Sun News Network was “making a big deal out of the fact this reporter pulled me over by the arm” and that she “began to denigrate the labour movement and the folks in it for coming down.”
He went on to say “she said we were creating trouble” and “sometimes I like to be direct so I basically called her a **** disturber,” said Ryan, adding “Sun TV likes to be dramatic and is looking for ratings. The TV station is going down the toilet anyways.”
After the crowd laughed and cheered he told them “now getting down to more important issues of the day instead of getting distracted by these fools.”
I actually heard some coppers say the same thing about his stunt Wednesday.
Whatever way it’s spun it still doesn’t change the fact this is no way to treat a journalist or anybody. I doubt Ryan would have tried that union thug approach of 260-pound reporter Chris Doucette or photographer Dave Thomas — or at least without a dental appointment already made.
When you watch the video you will see she did none of what he told his delegates but simply asked him a fair question which he didn’t have the class to answer. Delaney is hardly a shrinking violet or easily intimidated but did admit to me that her arm actually did hurt.
“I was definitely thrown off by the way he grabbed me but tried to play it off as being good natured,” said Delaney. "But after watching it back, I really was taken aback. I wonder what Sid would say had he witnessed a police officer treating a protester in that manner?”
Well, Sid, maybe you can answer that one to Delaney yourself because you, at least, owe her an in-studio appearance if you are not going to be man enough to apologize.
“We’re not looking for one but if he feels he needs to apologize that’s up to him,” said Sun News director of marketing Dennis Matthews. “But we are looking forward to having him come on — though we hope he leaves his potty mouth at the park and hands off our hosts.”
Just say you are sorry, Sid.
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A manly man.