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Few could have predicted that Canada's moment in the global spotlight this year would be courtesy of a crack-smoking, "drunken-stupor" mayor who uses graphic sexual language on live television.Rob Ford was a one-man news cycle, as he met each wave of allegations of bad behaviour with wild counter-allegations, mixed with a few gaffes and a sprinkling of apologies.It is for these reasons and more that editors and news directors across the country selected Ford as Canada's Newsmaker of the Year.The headline-grabbing, sound bite-generating Toronto mayor received 63 per cent of the votes in the annual survey of the country's newsrooms by The Canadian Press.Some of those who voted said they wanted to pick Chris Hadfield, who received 16 per cent of the votes thanks to his inspirational time as commander of the International Space Station. But most felt there was no choice but Ford."We loved that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize. We were amazed when Christy Clark won the B.C. election. Theresa Spence definitely made waves as did Nigel Wright in the PMO," said Adrienne Tanner, the deputy editor of the Vancouver Sun."But really no one tops Rob Ford's antics of the past year, which went from outrageous to ludicrous to pitiful. He's the hands-down winner for bad newsmaker of the year. No one else comes close."Gravely serious allegations lie at the heart of what sparked myriad Ford controversies, but at each turn his bombastic, confrontational, unfiltered nature fanned the flames and ensured the near-constant stream of shocking news.When Ford ended months of denials with a surprise crack cocaine admission he handled it by stressing it was in one of his "drunken stupors."He dealt with allegations that he made aggressively sexual comments to a former female staffer by making more crude remarks about oral sex on live TV, saying he got "more than enough to eat at home."Ford handled a heated council meeting to strip him of his powers by getting into a shouting match with citizens, then running into and knocking down a female councillor.He responded to the final vote with equal aplomb, comparing it to the invasion of Kuwait.Such is the current benchmark of Ford scandals that a defamation lawsuit, a sexual assault accusation and a 1999 arrest in Florida for DUI and pot possession now fall far short of this year's admissions of smoking crack cocaine and buying illegal drugs, alleged associations with gang members and claims of drunk driving.But what really took Ford from mere polarizing local politician to the heights of global infamy was American media's infatuation with the story. So saturated with Ford was the coverage down south that TV personalities took to using the shorthand "the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto.""In 2013, Rob Ford was probably the most famous (infamous?) mayor in the world," said Scott Metcalfe, the news director at Toronto radio station 680News."Just ask David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, etc."It's not as though previous years have been devoid of Rob Ford news.