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At His Last Briefing, Jay Carney Tells Reporters: ‘You’ll Be the Judge of My Success’

jay carneyAfter three and a half years as White House press secretary, Jay Carney presided over his final press briefing this afternoon, calling his time in the role an “extraordinarily gratifying” experience.

“I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days I spent in this room,” Carney said. “As I think most of you now understand and believe, it’s always a pleasure no matter how hard it can get in here, no matter how hot it can be and contentious it sometimes is.”

“The press secretary is in a unique position within a White House. And not just because I’m a former journalist, because I think every press secretary understood this and understands it: we work to promote what the President is doing and the message he’s trying to convey to the American people,” Carney told reporters. “But I also work with the press to try to help you do your jobs, to help you cover the White House, cover the administration, and report on what we’re doing here. And that is what I’ve tried to do, and you’ll be the judge of my success, at least in part.”

No word yet on the next steps for Carney, who is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman.

Carney will be replaced by deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who has worked with President Obama since the 2008 campaign.

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Jay Carney Resigns; Josh Earnest Named White House Press Secretary

Carney resignationShortly before 2pmET, President Obama appeared in the White House briefing room for the second time today to announce Jay Carney is resigning as White House Press Secretary. He will be succeeded by Josh Earnest, currently the deputy press secretary.

Obama said he will continue to rely on Carney, who is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman, as a “friend and advisor.”

“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great Press Secretary and a great advisor,” Obama said. “He’s got good judgment, he has a good temperament and he’s got a good heart. And I’m going to miss him a lot.”

The White House press corps applauded as Obama officially “passed the flak jacket” to Earnest, saying “his name describes his demeanor … you can’t find just a nicer individual, even outside of Washington.”

The cable news networks all took the announcement live. “I’m literally picking my jaw up off of the ground,” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker said on MSNBC. “I was not expecting that. The rest of the press corps, to my knowledge, didn’t get a heads up about this. It really was a surprise announcement. That is rare at this White House, for the press corps to be surprised.”

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The Ticker: Roberts, Shipman & Kay, 60 @ 10

  • Robin Roberts will soon go on book tour, to Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans and her hometown of Pass Christian, MS, among other stops. Roberts’s memoir Everybody’s Got Something, about surviving her battle with MDS, comes out a week from today.

  • Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” coming out of The Masters, was the 10th most-watched show of the week, drawing an audience of 11 million viewers. The CBS Newsmagazine swept its time period in key demos, scoring a 2.6/8 share in A25-54 and a 1.6/6 share in A18-49.

Jake Tapper Among DC’s ’50 Most Beautiful’

The Hill released its 2013 “50 Most Beautiful” feature today, and a number of TV news staffers made the list.

Leading the pack was CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who clocked in at number 11. His inclusion actually came up before his program this afternoon.

“Not news,” Tapper quipped to Brooke Baldwin. “I think we can establish that the good people at The Hill are sometimes wearing beer goggles.”

Other TV news notables include ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman, ABC News Digital White House correspondent Mary Bruce, and C-SPAN production assistants (and twins) Sara Zou and Chellie Zou.

ABC Reporter, Obama Press Team Member Tie the Knot

Matthew Jaffe, (left) a reporter for ABC News and Univision who most recently covered the GOP primary, has married a member of Pres. Obama’s press team.

Jaffe married Katie Hogan, the president’s deputy press secretary, in Lake Geneva, WI over the weekend. Hogan and Jaffe are based in Chicago, which is home to the president’s re-election campaign headquarters.

ABC tells us Jaffe’s been reassigned to general news and is no longer covering politics. He had been focusing on the Latino vote in November’s election. Fluent in Spanish, he’s reported for Univision’s morning show and both the English and Spanish language Univision websites, as well as ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com.

This is the second ABCer to be hitched to an Obama press team official. ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to President Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney. Also, former “ABC This Week” executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, Pres. Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

Jake Tapper to Jay Carney: ‘You Want Aggressive Journalism, Just Not in the United States’

At the White House press briefing Wednesday, Jake Tapper asked press secretary Jay Carney why the Obama Administration champions aggressive journalism abroad, but not here in the U.S.

Referring to the recent deaths of journalists in Syria, Tapper said, “The White House keeps praising these journalists … How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court?”

Carney, a former journalist himself who is married to Tapper’s ABC colleague Claire Shipman, answered: “As somebody who knew both Anthony [Shadid] and Marie [Colvin] I particularly appreciate what they did to bring that story to the American people. As for other cases … divulging that kind of information is a serious issue.” Watch:

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Jay Carney Tapped As Next White House Press Secretary

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper broke the news earlier this afternoon that former Time magazine journalist Jay Carney, who currently serves as Vice President Joe Biden‘s communications director, will be the next White House Press Secretary.

Carney’s wife is Claire Shipman, the senior national correspondent for ABC’s morning news program “Good Morning America.”

Cablers Ready for Live 112th Congress Coverage

Today marks the first day of the 112th Congress, which brings with it several ceremonies — including the swearing-in and the election of the Speaker of the House. The cablers are all ready for the coverage.

Update: ABC is planning a special report at approximately 2 PM ET, when Speaker-elect John Boehner takes the gavel from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, officially transferring power to the Republican party. Dianer Sawyer will anchor, with George Stephanopoulos in New York and Jonathan Karl in DC. Jake Tapper and Claire Shipman will also be a part of the coverage.

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Put on a Show

After a warm-up from the Legendary Roots Crew and some audience stunts put on by the MythBusters guys, Jon Stewart bounced on stage at 12:55pmET to kick off the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Before delivering any one-liners, Stewart introduced the 4Troops who sang the National Anthem. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner, Stephen Colbert then emerged from a “fear bunker” in a Chilean miner capsule. After a benediction by Fr. Guido Sarducci (see here if you’re too young to remember who he is) this political rally comedy show got underway.

As for cable news coverage CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who covered the Glenn Beck rally in August, was back on the mall today reporting hourly live updates beginning at 8am.

MSNBC, which yesterday announced it planned to be live all day today ahead of Tuesday’s midterms, has Luke Russert on the mall. His reports began in the 10amET hour. Russert telling, anchor Alex Witt he’d gotten some odd looks from a crowd he deemed as skeptical of the mainstream media: “When I was walking through the crowd, I got several glances at my NBC badge saying, ‘what exactly are they doing here?’”

Fox News mentioned the rally a couple times during Fox & Friends and correspondent Molly Henneberg began reporting for the network in the NoonET hour.

In addition to streaming on the homepage of Comedy Central, in stunning HD, the rally is being carried on C-SPAN.

> Update: During an “awards” presentation, Colbert chided several news organizations for choosing to not cover the rally, because, in Colbert’s words, viewers might perceive a bias. The outlets included ABC and CBS and NPR. Said Colbert. “Oh no not NPR!, If their employees attend the rally people will think they’re liberal!” He gave the award for courage to a 7-year-old girl instead.

> Update: A fear medal was given to Anderson Cooper‘s tight black t-shirt. Anytime you see Anderson Cooper reporting from a scene of devastation, “you should stock up,” said the announcer. A t-shirt was then brought on stage, and given the award. “Say hi to Anderson Cooper’s tight black t-shirt,” said Colbert.

> Update: Despite what Colbert said on stage, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews is covering along with a number of CBS News video journalists onsite. As we reported earlier this week, CBS News has once again hired AirPhotosLive.com to deploy their balloon over the mall, to photograph the rally, and generate a crowd estimate.

> Update: The two-hour event drew to a close with Stewart defining what his rally was all about: “We live now in hard times, not end times,” he said. “We can have animus and not be enemies.” Stewart saved his angst for the group he assails each night on his Comedy Central show: cable news. “The country’s 24-hour politico, pundit, perpetual, conflictanoid did not cause our problems. But its existence makes solving them that much harder.”

> Update: ABC News covered as well. Claire Shipman and Karen Travers reported for ABC TV and Steve Portnoy covered for ABC News Radio.

Fundraiser for Veteran CNN Cameraman Jerry Thompson & His Family

A lot of notable tvnewsers will be at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Washington, DC next month, all to help out CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson and his family: Wolf Blitzer, John King, Dana Milbank, Candy Crowley, Major Garrett, Dana Bash, Mike Viqueira, Jill Dougherty, Claire Shipman, Jamie McIntyre, Chris Plante, Ed Henry, Lisa Sylvester, and Brett Baier are just a fraction of the names set to be at the event.

The 25-year TV veteran was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his job at CNN when his medical leave expired. The event will raise money for Thompson and his three children. Celebrity bartenders from CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post and National Journal, and entertainment from, Suspicious Package, the Washington all-journalist band. Tickets for the event, which will be held November 17 from 7-10pm can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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