The Toronto Sun's Islamophobia Problem Is Even Worse Than You Might Think - 2018-08-03
"Toronto's psyche is under siege," warned conservative columnist Anthony Furey in a recent "Furey Factor" video for the Toronto Sun. In addition to the lawless perpetrators responsible for April's Yonge Street van attack and a summer of shootings, the national comment editor for the Sun chain specifically cautioned his audience against "all the people who exploit all of that carnage."
But this is an act of projection. Events like the Danforth shooting become opportunities for publications like the Sun to funnel images/descriptions of nefarious, pro-terrorism Muslims into the mainstream. The more such characterizations that are actively in conventional use, the more "legitimate" they seem when the next tragedy hits.
In a recent column, Furey targeted Mohammed Hashim, a labour organizer and friend of mine, who helped the family of Danforth shooter Faisal Hussain with a press statement that expressed how the now-dead man struggled with a lifetime of psychosis and depression. Hashim has a long history of helping individuals and organizations in the community (pro bono) who otherwise wouldn't have the capacity to deal with the media.