Home news: Ken Whyte explains it all for you


Our oddly stylish boss talks about his new book and, eventually, about your (well, my) favourite magazine. And about this website.

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Home news: Ken Whyte explains it all for you

  1. I read it and then jumped from his interview to this. Guess he’ll have to keep that mag away from his 15 year old daughter and her friends. I personally wish that he would take a page from his own book and work on the content of Macleans …those women’s pages. ‘Skirts’ is pretty lame.

  2. From the terms of service:
    5.3 Prohibited Content. You will not upload, post, transmit, distribute, or otherwise disseminate or make available on or through the Site any Content that:

    (b) is obscene, profane, defamatory, libelous, slanderous, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, intimidating, pornographic, harassing, abusive, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, encourages or assists conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, could result in civil liability, or is otherwise objectionable, offensive, inappropriate or unlawful;

    I guess I have officially violated the terms of service but in my defense let me say that this blog here pointed me to the content and I just pointed back. I may have been put in the mood to do it noting the newsmaker bums on your main page the last couple of days, the trashing of Jennifer Aniston, the witch hunt of Julie Couillard, the offensive political cartoon posted by Phillipe Gohier, the lacklustre women’s content and though I keep coming back for the political posts and Kady O’Malley’s minute-by-minute updates and Andrew Coyne’s perspective (though it never matches mine his writing is always a complete thought) and to read the old news here, keep up on trends. It’s true what Whyte said in his interview, that you tend to keep to a few sites and surf less now. Well…feel free to block my IP.

    Adios, I’ll retire to my own domain,

  3. Well, who says nobody surfs anymore, eh?

  4. “..We’ve had a lot of technical problems because we’re part of a big Rogers network….”


    No argument there.

  5. “But newspapers tend to be 80 to 90 per cent advertising and they haven’t bothered trying to get money out of their readers, and to give their readers something they’ll pay more for”

    One thing newspapers and magazines are doing now, at least in the U.S., is selling Obama merchandise like special mounted front pages, mugs, posters … etc. Will the msm continue to sell this kind of thing or is it a one-off for The One? I wondered for a brief moment if the msm were worried about their objectivity but I quickly laughed at that notion as the US msm sold their soul to Obama a long time ago.

  6. What I like about this comment thread is how good people are at concentrating on the subject matter.

  7. “What I like about this comment thread is how good people are at concentrating on the subject matter.”

    Are you kidding, Paul? The Blue Jays don’t have a chance!

  8. You’ve been in Ottawa too long if Ken Whyte looks stylish. And I’m in Regina, so my bar ain’t exactly high. I’ll take your khaki & raise you plaid.

    JWL, I don’t think putting politician’s mugs on mugs will translate well. I want to enjoy my coffee, not choke on it. (I’m sure someone who’s less offended by mass-murder references will suggest making partisan Kool-Aid cups.) Although I might like Harper’s, Dion’s & Layton’s faces on dog dishes. Dion–“Not a leader-of-the-pack.” Harper-“Alpha Male”. Layton-“Working man’s best friend”.

  9. What I like about this comment thread is how good people are at concentrating on the subject matter.

    I’m focused. Vide:

    From The Alberta Report to Saturday Night to The National Post. I’m detecting a pattern here.

  10. Politicians-as-dogs is a metaphor that just keeps on giving!

    Mailmen. With vacuum cleaners. In our cities. We’re not making this up.

  11. As a pretty reliable rule, the people who use words like “aficionado” are almost always the ones who never learned how to spell it.

  12. Well, you also misused it. There was only one Iraq War to support, but an aficionado follows a recurring event.

  13. I’m not a huge fan of Ken Whyte, but I’ll give him this much: he’s something that goes into the “Books I Wish I Wrote” file.

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