“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.
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