Kory Teneycke, a former spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper who sparked controversy with his attempt to create a new television news channel, has announced he’s resigning immediately from Quebecor Media.
In a statement to reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday, Teneycke said his past political involvement has made him a “central figure” in accusations of political interference and “nefarious plots with foreign media organizations.”
“As the saying goes, perception can be reality,” Teneycke said. He cited a petition signed by more than 80,000 people calling on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to stop what they labelled “Fox News North.”
“While most of these criticisms are not based in fact, it becomes increasingly clear my involvement only serves to inflame,” he said.
What next for the young Kory? Will he re-surface as some kind of arm’s-length media consultant working with the nascent wingnut station under the sinister cover of darkness?
UPDATE: Whoa whoa whoa, easy there Proggies, don’t spin a bearing.
Anyone who believes that Teneycke’s departure is Sun’s last gasp — and there appear to be several in that rarefied little club — is in for a profound shock. Today Teneycke’s replacement, Luc Lavoie, pounded the table and bellowed that it’s “full steam ahead” for Sun, announcing that their latest hire is conservative radio talker Charles Adler. Teneycke may be looking for work now, but aside from that nothing’s changed but the weather.