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Jay Carney Talks About the ‘Tension’ Between the White House and the Press Pool

carneyNow that he’s no longer the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney has a lot to say about the job.

Last night he was on David Letterman reflecting on the relationship between himself and the press pool, one that’s not always so congenial. One need only go back to footage of a few Q&As between Carney and members of the press to see that there was, as Letterman put it, a “rub” between the person behind the podium and the journalists in the audience.

Having covered politics prior to his appointment to the White House, Carney was aware of this “adversarial” relationship. And though there were a couple of times where we cringed as we watched him try to navigate the aggressive questions that were being tossed at him, in the Letterman interview, he talks about the experience almost (almost) in positive terms.

“As a democracy, we would be rightfully concerned if there wasn’t that tension,” he says at one point. “If the White House press corps was just happy with what they got every day and they weren’t working to get more, they wouldn’t be doing their jobs.”

That’s a lesson that a lot of publicists should remember.
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Former Press Secretary Jay Carney Rumored to Be Chief PR Candidate for Apple, Uber

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Well, at least he took his farewell press room picture with the right phone. #BrandLoyalty

It was only two months ago when Apple’s communications major domo, Katie Cottonannounced that she was leaving the company. Since that announcement (and a few “good riddance” posts from certain hack-turned-flacks), Apple has been searching for her replacement.

Thanks to a Re/Code post, we learned they may have found their guy: Jay Carney, former press secretary for the Obama Administration.

According to the report, the former Time Washington bureau chief and head flack for Joe Biden is the hottest name around for major PR gigs after he stepped down in May to be replaced by Josh Earnest.

Uber has its headlights set on the guy for good reason: the company is currently in need of serious public relations and public affairs because of its fight against the deeply entrenched taxi industry. Incidentally, during an interview earlier in May, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick infamously called the company’s opponent “an asshole named Taxi.”

As classy and appealing as the challenge may be, Apple could seem more enticing to Carney. But then he’s never been a guy averse to conflict…

Jay Carney Steps Down as WH Press Secretary, Josh Earnest In

jay carney steps downJay Carney, the reporter who became White House press secretary for the Obama administration, has resigned from his post after three-plus years on the job. Josh Earnest will take up the position. He’s a 39-year-old with strong ties to President Obama, having worked with him since 2008 when he was communications director in Iowa for the campaign.

The surprise announcement was made yesterday when the President jumped behind Carney’s podium to break the news. He repeatedly called Carney a “friend” and said Carney’s resignation first came up in April. During his remarks, the President cited Carney’s desire to spend more time with family, including more visits to his daughter’s softball games. Carney, 49, has two children and his wife, Claire Shipman, is a reporter and part-time contributor to ABC News.

“He’s got good judgement, he has good temperament and he’s got a good heart,” said President Obama. “And I’m going to miss him a lot. I will continue to rely on him as a friend, an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him.”

Sources tell The New York Times that Carney is also stepping down for financial reasons; he’d like to move back into the private sector to earn more money.

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Is This the ‘Most Secretive White House’ in U.S. History?

jillabramsonThat bold claim came forth last week, loaded with ire directed at one President Barack Obamaif that’s his real name [cue the Law & Order doink doink].

The vitriolic assertion ruffled a few feathers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but it wasn’t some run of the mill “I-am-pissed-because-that’s-not-the-dude-I-supported” complaint—it came straight from New York Times editor Jill Abramson, as seen in the snazzy screen shot to your left.

ICYMI: Abramson was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera America‘s John Seigenthaler (former Washington bureau chief for the NYT) when she threw out this statement:

It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering…I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

And that led to this

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Even the President Outsources Social Media Event Promotion

Looks like President Obama is experiencing what we like to call “American Idol Syndrome.”

Everyone’s aware of his upcoming State of the Union speech; they may have watched it religiously in the past because it was part of every “water-cooler conversation” and most prefer to be in the know even if they agree that there will never be another Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood or even a Clay Aiken.

Now, though? It’s still true that everyone with a job in media or politics will be watching Obama’s State of the Union address, but with so many options for viewing and streaming all sorts of niche content as well as variations on the main event (did we mention that three different Republicans will give responses this year?), it’s easier than ever to tune out and watch something else. Details via Bloomberg:

Will social media help Obama earn more eyes at 9 PM on Tuesday? Color us skeptical.

It’ll probably resemble the latest Dancing with the Stars as the average viewer shrugs and thinks “didn’t I just see something almost exactly like this a few months ago?”

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White House Press Team to Angry Photojournalists: ‘Here’s Your Damn Picture’

Some journalists with cameras are mad at the White House for over-managing the message by prohibiting them from attending “private” events like the signing of new laws and releasing its own pics via its own streams instead.

Yesterday the Associated Press and other major news organizations delivered a letter to press secretary Jay Carney asking for greater transparency and writing:

Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties…officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.

They even used the term “visual press releases” to describe the images carefully curated and released by official White House accounts.

POTUS photographer Pete Souza responded last night with a twitpic that effectively said: “O RLY?”

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13 Political Metaphors More Annoying Than the Government Shutdown

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“My metaphorical cup is this full…”

Retreat to your cocoon, adjust your tin foil hat, pull the wool over your eyes and get ready to drink the Kool-Aid, sheeple—it’s time for a lesson in messages more infuriating than the last season of Lost.

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The White House Just PR Failed All Over Itself

The competition for “most counterproductive comment made to the media” during this whole shutdown saga is over, and it’s not even close: some super-genius “anonymous source” from the White House supposedly told The Wall Street Journal last night that:

“‘We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us’ how long the shutdown lasts ‘because what matters is the end result.’”

Face, meet palm. President Obama is supposed to be the best poker player around, yet someone in his administration just showed their hand, like, big time. Secretary Jay Carney quickly moved to counter the comment, but you guys are supposed to be on message!

Here’s the runner-up, coming from a North Carolina representative who was all gung-ho for the shutdown until she wasn’t:

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Most of the White House Press Team Got Furloughed, Too

The House, yo.

In case you thought that those under-appreciated PR professionals working in various departments throughout our government were the only ones to suffer this week, think again: it goes all the way to the top, baby.

Not only does White House press secretary Jay Carney have to answer his own phones in the absence of his assistant, but:

“Jessica Santillo, the White House spokeswoman who handles media requests on Obamacare, got furloughed as the insurance marketplaces opened.”

So if you were, say, a reporter who really wanted some information on this whole brand new health care law that will affect millions of Americans thing, you might have to wait a little longer than you’d like.

“…deputy press secretaries…had to learn the basic functions of the press office: routing releases through the correct White House email lists, working the announcement system for the press room, wrangling the media at events…”

The Office of the White House staff is now less than one-third its usual size. Carney says “Everybody is having to do different things. It makes you appreciate even more what your colleagues do everyday.”

You don’t say. Maybe they should do this more often.

Eastwood on Chrysler Ad: ‘The Spin Stops With You Guys’

Political conservatives who should’ve been paying attention to the game instead of the ads got themselves all fired up over an imagined conspiracy theory about the Chrysler/Clint Eastwood ad that ran during the Super Bowl.

Karl Rove said he was “offended” by the ad, with others on his side of the political spectrum backing up his claims that the clip is an endorsement of President Obama and the auto bailouts.

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