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Jay Carney Reflects on Fireworks With Reporters

jay carneyJust a few weeks after stepping down as White House press secretary, Jay Carney reflects on his three years in the role in a Q+A with The New York Times Magazine. Carney — who says he doesn’t know what’s next but won’t be going back to journalism full-time — talks about what it was like to stand at the podium after many years on the other side:

Were you surprised at times how tense things could get with your former colleagues? Sure. It can be surreal at the podium when you go down that front row and you have an exchange with one of the reporters in which there’s very emotional — maybe even theatrical — presentation and back and forth, and then you go to the next reporter and you have the same thing, as if the first one didn’t happen at all. You begin to wonder how valuable a service to the nation that is in the end.

Do people in the first row like to showboat? If you look at the difference in tenor between the on-camera briefings and the on-the-record-but-off-camera gaggles, it’s night and day.

Would you have fought with yourself? Probably a little bit.

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Stephen Colbert to Jay Carney: When are You and Jonathan Karl Going to ‘Get a Room?’

CarneyIn his final 24 hours as Press Secretary, Jay Carney answered questions from Stephen Colbert—including what his post-White House relationship will be with one of his most prominent sparring partners.

“You two had some tense moments,” Colbert said of the occasional barbs traded between Carney and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the briefing room.

“When are you guys gonna just get a room?” Colbert followed up.

Carney answered that Karl and other White House correspondents are just doing their jobs when grilling him on politics of the day. Last month, Karl told us “of course” he’d miss Carney, and “it was never personal” between he and Jay.

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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.

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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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Jay Carney Doesn’t Think Barbara Walters is Really Retiring

Today at the White House press briefing, Jay Carney said he doesn’t think Barbara Walters is really retiring. In fact, he expects a request for an interview “within weeks.” Walters has interviewed every president and first lady since Richard Nixon. Carney passed along the best wishes of Pres. Obama and the First Lady:

Local News Anchor Causes National Stir Over White House Reporting

Catherina Anaya of CBS affiliate KPHO was part of one of those local news junkets to the White House on Wednesday. But in the span of one sentence during her 5pm liveshot, she, in her own words, “made two major mistakes:” Anaya reported things that were supposed to be off the record, then declared that White House correspondents give their questions to press secretary Jay Carney in advance.

“It was very informal and off the record,” Anaya said, before reporting what happened. “[Carney] talked about how he gets his day started, all the information he needs to be aware of in case he’s asked certain questions in the daily press briefings.”

Anaya then caused an uproar with this statement: “One of the things I found interesting is reporters and correspondents, unless it is breaking news, they provide questions to him in advance so he is already preparing for the answer.” The press secretary, and the press, fired off Tweets in response:

 

 

Last night, Anaya apologized for her “bad reporting.”

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Reporters Spend 30 Minutes Questioning Jay Carney on Details of ‘Duty’

CarneyGatesIt’s not just Fox News pushing back against a controversial new book today. At the White House this afternoon, all the cable news channels covered Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s response to allegations in the new memoir from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Reporters spent more than a half hour peppering Carney with questions about the book.

In “Duty,” Gates criticizes Pres. Obama’s national security team for routinely phoning military commanders, calling the micromanagement “unthinkable.” Gates singles out Vice President Joe Biden, saying he has been “wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security decision of the last four decades.”

“The president and the rest of us here simply just disagree with that assessment,” Carney said today. “As a Senator and as a Vice President, Joe Biden has been one of leading statesmen of his time… he’s played a key role in every major national security and foreign policy debate and policy discussion in this administration.”

Carney went on to say President Obama greatly appreciates Gates’ service. Differing opinions is what the president sought when he picked a “team of rivals” for his foreign policy team, Carney says.

Is Jon Karl the New Sam Donaldson?

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi profiles ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and what he calls “the Jon-and-Jay follies,” the almost daily give-and-take between the newsman and White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Carney occasionally tangles with other reporters — among them, notably, Fox News’ Ed Henry — but his exchanges with Karl have been especially testy, raising eyebrows among the White House media cadre and threatening to become a sideshow of the televised daily briefings.

[O]utside the office, Karl says he and Carney are good friends; their relationship dates to the Bill Clinton era. Carney’s wife, Claire Shipman, is Karl’s colleague at ABC News; she covered the White House before her husband joined it. Among other things, the two men share an interest in Russian history and politics.

“I have enormous respect for Jay,” Karl said. “I think, in some ways, he’s one of the smartest people to hold that job. And I believe if he was sitting where I’m sitting, he’d be asking some of the same questions. I think he understands we have a job to do.”

Here’s our Media Beat interview with Karl, where he talks the fundamentals of the job:

Jay Carney and White House Press Corps Battle Over Access

Jay CarneyWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney was grilled by reporters at this afternoon’s briefing over a lack of photographer access to President Obama.

The exchange comes after the New York Times published an opinion piece from AP photography director Santiago Lyon who took the administration to task for “systematically” bypassing independent media photographers in favor of official White House photos.

Reporters questioned Carney about a lack of photo access to President Obama during this week’s trip to South Africa. Carney, a former TIME magazine reporter, expressed sympathy for their frustration, promising to do more. But the press corps was having none of it. Read more

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