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Jay Carney Joins CNN

jay carneyFormer White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator. Carney will contribute across the network starting tonight as part of CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s address on ISIS.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” says Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Carney was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2011 until June. Before that he was communications director for Vice President Biden. Carney spent 20 years with TIME Magazine where he served as Moscow correspondent, White House correspondent and, Washington bureau chief.

He follows in a long line of White House press secretaries who join the news ranks, including Obama’s first press secretary Robert Gibbs who is an MSNBC analyst and George W. Bush‘s press secretary Dana Perino who now hosts “The Five” on Fox News. Bush’s two other press secretaries Ari Fleischer and the late Tony Snow, each joined CNN following their White House runs. Former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers hosted CNBC’s “Equal Time” following her White House stint;  Bill Moyers and Pierre Salinger, press secretaries to Pres. Johnson and Pres. Kennedy, respectively, went on to careers as news correspondents at CBS and ABC, respectively.

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CNN’s Jim Bittermann Receives France’s Highest Honor

Bitterman.jpgCNN Senior European Correspondent Jim Bittermann has received France’s highest decoration.

In a ceremony last night, the Paris-based Bittermann was made ‘Chevalier’ (knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. His medal was awarded by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

“For the past 30 years,” Bittermann is quoted in a CNN press release, “I’ve been explaining France and the French to the rest of the world.”

“Founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize outstanding accomplishment,” the press release states, “the chevalier is given annually to around 3,500 Frenchmen and women — but few non-nationals….

“In the field of American television journalism, he joins Pierre Salinger from ABC, who received his honor in 1978. In this year’s Honor’s list, he is one of only two Americans, and of 13 foreigners, to be so honored.”

The internal memo from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton, after the jump…

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