Obama has named former reporter Jay Carney to be his press secretary,
replacing Robert Gibbs. Before he went to work for Joe Biden in December
2008, Carney spent two decades writing for Time magazine, plus several
years as a TV talking head. The White House press room has seen few
ex-journalists at the podium.
Carney's decision to work for the vice president surprised many Washington reporters, who didn't know he was a Democrat, Politico's Keach Hagey reports. Former journalists have struggled with the job--famously Jerald terHorst, who quit after working for President Ford for a month when he was blindsided by his boss's decision to pardon Richard Nixon. Hagley's colleague's Josh Gerstein sees the appointment as a "radical departure" for the White House, which has had an antagonistic, campaign-style relationship with the press. Still, Gerstein says, while working for Biden, Carney "established a reputation for being feisty and blunt with journalists ... Some saw him as a newcomer trying to prove his bona fides to the campaign clique."
We covered first reactions to the Carney pick yesterday. But now new questions have emerged: What does Carney's appointment mean for Obama? And does it confirm conservatives' long-held suspicions about liberal media bias? And, after reading the opinions below, doesn't D.C. just kinda make your skin crawl?