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The Saturday Ticker: Coast, Flight, Launch

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” heads to the coast for its annual summer-at-the-shore edition tomorrow. Lee Cowan anchors the broadcast from the former home of Katharine Hepburn in Old Saybrook, Conn.

  • Tuesday night, CNN airs the special report “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800″ which reconstructs the events that unfolded over Long Island on that fateful day in 1996 and the four year investigation that followed.

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Josh Earnest Has the Perfect Name for a White House Press Secretary

Josh Earnest has a new job, an office with a fireplace, and an upgraded parking spot. (On that last one, he knows he’ll really impress his dad). In exchange, he gets to deal with the White House press corps even more closely than he has been.

Earnest, who is wrapping up his second day as White House press secretary, chatted with Politico’s Mike Allen for the site’s series Open Mike. Will the president take more questions from reporters with Earnest as press secretary? “We’re going to be focused on making the President as accessible as possible, and putting him in an environment where he is able to best defend our priorities.” Here’s more:

The NBC Ticker: Jansing, Vieira, Wagner

  • FishbowlDC reports on Chris Jansing‘s first day as NBC’s new Senior White House Correspondent. Jansing covered the Summit on Working Families. The former MSNBC anchor’s DC start comes on Josh Earnest‘s first day as White House Press Secretary.

  • This Friday, NBC’s Meredith Vieira hosts the 2-hour primetime special “A Leap of Faith,” which takes viewers inside an emerging medical break-through that is both experimental and controversial — but has the potential to save billions of lives.

  • “NOW with Alex Wagner” on MSNBC is airing special reports this week on immigration in the U.S. For the series called  “The Invisible Us” Wagner reports from the U.S./Mexico border.

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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White House Says ‘NBC is Wrong Again’ on Obamacare Reporting

NBC Nightly News led with breaking news last night about Obamacare that immediately drew the ire of deputy press secretary Josh Earnest on Twitter.

“The White House intends to delay the deadline requiring every American to have health insurance,” Brian Williams said in the show open. Reporter Tom Costello added, “The White House tells NBC News it plans to move the deadline for individuals to be required to buy health insurance by as much as six weeks … with this change the administration is trying to allow people to start the enrollment process by March 31 to avoid financial penalty.” With that, Earnest fired off this tweet.

In later feeds, Costello added the word “penalty” before “deadline” (bolded above). And the phrase in bold above was replaced with “…to buy insurance all the way up to March 31 to avoid that penalty.”

It’s a subtle, but important clarification. As the Washington Post points out, this is neither a delay of the individual mandate nor an extension of the enrollment period. But as the media covers the mess that is the sign-up process, they will be looking for any move from the White House seeming to delay implementation.