She calls herself "feisty and outspoken" on her columnist profile. On Monday evening, she didn't disappoint.
Sun Media political columnist Sue-Ann Levy caused an on-line stir for a Tweet during last night's Presidential debate where she appeared to imply that Barack Obama was a Muslim.
Obama says he "will stand" with Israel if attacked and they are a "true friend." His nose is growing again. #MuslimBS
— Sue-Ann Levy (@SueAnnLevy) October 23, 2012
Calling Obama a Muslim is nothing new in United States. Many fringe right-wingers have propagated this conspiracy theory about the President having lied to the American people about his Christian roots.
But for a 'journalist' to imply it on Twitter is a little brash and rather irresponsible.
What's worse, instead of clarifying her tweet or explaining what she meant by using the #MuslimBS hashtag, Levy just dug-in deeper as other Canadian journos and bloggers attacked her.
Tim Hudak should consider himself very lucky that Sue-Ann Levy didn't get elected when she ran for his party in that St Paul's byelection. — Adam Radwanski (@aradwanski) October 23, 2012
Here are some of Levy's responses to her detractors:
And it continued on Tuesday morning:
Guess I hit a raw nerve. Always know I do when I'm accused of being bigoted/racist/chubby/idiotic/etc. etc. — Sue-Ann Levy (@SueAnnLevy) October 23, 2012
At the end, it just got nasty. Here's a Tweet from the well-respected Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star:
If it was "attention", Levy was after on Monday night, she definitely got it.
The Toronto Sun issued this Twitter statement on Tuesday in response to Levy's use of the #MuslimBS hashtag:
Sue-Ann Levy's tweet on the U.S. presidential debate had an inappropriate hashtag. The tweet doesn't reflect the views of the Toronto Sun.
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) October 23, 2012