August 17, 2015

Toronto Star's latest attack on Harper ramps up the bias

Jonathan D. HaleviRebel Blogger

“Why Harper (and friends) are a bigger threat than IS” was the title chosen for an op-ed article in last week's Toronto Star, penned by Tony Burman, former head of CBC News and Al Jazeera English, who teaches journalism at Ryerson University.

Burman accuses three Western Prime Ministers – Canadian Stephen Harper, British David Cameron and Australian Tony Abbott – of espousing an extremist policy that imposes much greater danger to the world than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the expansionist Islamic jihadist ideology.

“Their similarities are revealing. What links these three leaders, apart from their common ideology, is a remarkably identical — and extreme — approach to the challenges of today’s Middle East. In fact, there are growing signs that these politicians, all comrades in arms, are quietly working from the same playbook,” wrote Burman.

After all, the formula is simple: Wildly exaggerate the actual threat. Inflame the rhetoric. Blame Muslims. Brush aside issues of human rights. And strap in — while the votes flow your way. It is a clever way to distract voters from more immediate and genuine threats, such as climate change and the economy.” The Star provided Burman’s email ( to Twitter account (@TonyBurman) for comments.

Three days earlier, Umut Ozsu, an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba, attacked the Harper government’s humanitarian policy towards the refugee crisis in Syria in a Star opinion piece. In one of his arguments Ozsu blames the government of discriminatory immigration policy against Muslims.

“An additional problem concerns the fact that Canadian officials have made it clear that they are essentially prioritizing claims from members of “religious minorities,” a euphemism for Christians and Yazidis. This practice runs contrary to the non-discriminatory approach to status determination required by the 1951 Refugee Convention,” Ozsu stressed.

“Roughly 90 per cent of all Syrians (and the vast majority of those who have been displaced and persecuted) identify as Muslims. Their suffering and vulnerability should be taken just as seriously as that of non Muslims.”

Ozsu’s article goes in line with the official position of the Toronto Star. On August 12, The Star’s editorial harshly criticized PM Harper’s pledge to increase the support for “persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East” and to bring to Canada additional 10,000 refugees from this area.

Prioritizing the “persecuted religious minorities” - meaning “Christians, Yazidis [and] Jews” - as refugees who deserve an urgent humanitarian support is wrong, according to the Star. “The vast majority of people in dire need are Muslim. Cherry-picking non-Muslims may please constituencies that Harper is keen to woo but it would run afoul of UN guidelines.”


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commented 2015-08-18 15:32:04 -0400
JOAN ABERNETHY asked: “Jimmy – what is the greater threat to the safety of Canadians – ISIS or our prime minister?” Good luck on getting an answer, with or without profanity/personal attacks!
commented 2015-08-18 07:25:32 -0400
Media party Motto: “Our Cowardice: The New Moral High Ground”
commented 2015-08-18 06:44:45 -0400
Honestly, after a while how can you really believe a rag like the Star? If I were a father to one or a couple of pre or grade schoolers, I’d rather catch them reading through a copy of Penthouse or Hustler than the Toronto Star.
commented 2015-08-17 23:39:58 -0400
Praise God for people like Pat Condell (see previous post) who hold the mirror up to show us for who we have become under the liberal media.
They should be ashamed, we should be ashamed…and we must turn back the clock or be forever in chains.
commented 2015-08-17 23:01:57 -0400
Don’t worry about Toronto Star absolutely no one read it or buys it. They give all their copies of it away free at coffee stores all over. It is like the CBC no one watches it unless their is a hockey game.Maybe Peter Mansbridge will take over for Ron & Don.. as that will be the only way anyone will see him. Wendy have you ever seen such an unhappy news anchor… looks like she has broken glass in her mouth & just had a hissy fit before coming on.
commented 2015-08-17 21:50:29 -0400
Anybody who actually believes that Harper is a greater threat that ISIS is either completely brain dead or an idiotic partisan hack with Harper Dementia Syndrome. Those people should not be taken seriously because they are fools in the highest degree.
commented 2015-08-17 20:55:11 -0400
I retract my former comment, I didn’t mean to call left wing radical polemicists posing as journalists “scum”. It isn’t right to mock the mentally handicapped – these are people who have no optics of perspective. To Equate anything Harper has done or will do or what he stands for as being more of a danger than a savage murderous terror organization, gives us a clue to the depth of delusional disorder it takes to make such ludicrous pronouncements. People suffering from this do not need more copy space in media but clinical help.
commented 2015-08-17 20:00:06 -0400
The greatest threat to Canada is anti-Canadian propaganda posing as journalism. This scum gives urinalists a bad name.
commented 2015-08-17 19:58:26 -0400
The Toronto sh*t-star and the rest of the MSM are the entities that run the “attack ads” for the LIBERAL PIGS AND ENN-DEE-PEE PIGS, so that troodo and no-cair can present clean.

Yep – it’s a level playing field out there. Hopefully Canadian voters will figure this out – and it looks like they will – the “hate spew” coming from the MSM is ramped high – a good sign that the COMMUNIST PIGS MSM are running desperate.
commented 2015-08-17 19:26:49 -0400
The Red Star and Tony Burman! A good example of the depths, that people will sink down to, to forward their Left Wing Ideology. They will do or say anything, just to garner the votes of Savages from the Dark Ages. What will you say Mr.. Burman, when you feel the knife blade at your throat, held by your new found friends? Is this the kind of Democracy that you seek?
commented 2015-08-17 17:31:26 -0400
Jimmy – what is the greater threat to the safety of Canadians – ISIS or our prime minister?
commented 2015-08-17 17:05:11 -0400
The article in The Star,was written by Tony Burman, former head of CBC News and Al Jazeera English, who teaches journalism at Ryerson University. This shows the mindset of Tony Burman, working for two left leaning media companies, and Al Jazeera, the voice of middle east Muslims. For any one that might not know, Al Jazeera is a media company out of Saudi Arabia with about 2 dozen outlets through the middle east and north Africa, Over past recent years, they have opened satellite offices in many parts of the world to spread their propaganda, including one in Toronto. So now you may have a bit of understanding of the mind that created this piece of garbage article.
commented 2015-08-17 16:25:23 -0400
The Toronto Star and Burman are a disgrace. Calling Stephen Harper more dangerous than ISIS is spitting in the face of the many victims of ISIS. I hope Canadians see this for the wicked propaganda it is.
commented 2015-08-17 15:18:32 -0400
Wow! The Media Party are looking pretty desperate. Lying, conniving, unconscionable spin, mis- and dis-information, the sin of omission and collusion. Did I mention being caught at out and out lying?
What galls is the number of people who read this tripe, without question, buy into it lock, stock and barrel, and then vote for one of the commies…
The sociopathic elite inhabiting the Chattering Classes’ socialist caste need a big smack-down. A comeuppance for all their deceit, treachery and treason.
It’s scary how important it is the communists don’t get elected this go-round – look how far down the road to complete destruction America is under Emperor Obama, or is it Caliph Hussein!
commented 2015-08-17 14:47:40 -0400
So let me get this straight – you are complaining about an op-ed piece about Stephen Harper by responding on a conservative propaganda opinion website. Um, OK.
commented 2015-08-17 14:29:16 -0400
This so called prof sure is f#cked up.
commented 2015-08-17 13:51:13 -0400
Only a left wing zealot Ryerson professor writing for the Red Star could observe the daily carnage perpetrated by Muslim extremists then conclude that we are not being nice enough to them while espousing the real threat as climate change. Not only should this guy not be published,he should not be teaching our youth for he has no grasp on reality and as a teacher is in a position to reinforce his warped opinions! Tony Burman is a disgrace to the journalist profession, an occupation that I already hold in high disregard! But then on the other hand isn’t this what the journalist union set out to do when they registered with elections Canada to be involved in the campaign? Disgusting!
commented 2015-08-17 13:20:12 -0400
climate change is more important then ISIS? I guess it is if you can us it to fry ISIS !
commented 2015-08-17 12:39:06 -0400
Perhaps the Toronto Star is financially supported by Muslims (ISIS). Nothing like owning a media outlet to promulgate a vicious agenda. It might also be prudent to discover if Burman recently paid off his mortgage. Bribery works ohhh so well.