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Business magazine relishes in Kory Teneycke's fall from grace

Kory Teneycke, the vice-president of development for Quebecor Media, speaks during a news conference in Toronto on June 15, 2010.

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Kory Tenecyke is Canadian Business magazine's "Big Loser" in its Oct. 11 edition, the latest in a media pile-on of the former Harper communications chief.

The 36-year-old, who was an ethanol lobbyist before joining the Prime Minister's Office, is featured prominently on a double-page spread headlined: "Winners & Losers: This week's scorecard of ups and downs."

Attached to a large picture of him is a red "Big Loser" label and an explanation of how his efforts to launch a new right-wing all-news station - Quebecor's Media's proposed Sun TV News - went horribly wrong.

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"Teneycke ... had delighted in mocking what he called the 'lame-stream' media. ... But his combative personality, and his Conservative ties, quickly proved a liability," the magazine says. "In his resignation, Teneycke conceded the debate had become 'vicious and vitriolic'. Seeming chastened, he added, 'I have contributed to debasing the debate myself.'"

Mr. Teneycke beats out Goldman Sachs, which is facing a $27-million fine for failing to inform the proper authorities about civil fraud charges it is facing, and Enbridge, which is under fire for a pipeline leak, for Big Loser honours.

He finds himself, however, amid some attactive company. The Old Spice Guy - former football player Isaiah Mustafa, who smells good and has terrific abdominal muscles - is one of the week's winners for winning an Emmy for outstanding commercial.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry is also a winner for beating sales expectations on the street.

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