It’s a great day for the world’s bloggers, and our global blogging community! Jay Carney will now replace Robert Gibbs as the White House Press Secretary. Until today, for the past two years, Carney was communication director for Vice President Joe Biden. Carney was a key correspondent for Time magazine beginning in 1988.
The ace reporter covered Time’s Moscow bureau for three years, a period which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991. The Soviet Union crumbled into fifteen separate countries; the collapse was seen as a victory of democracy over totalitarianism, capitalism over socialism. The fall of the Soviet Union is considered to be the end of the Cold War.
Jay Carney also has written extensively about the George W. Bush administration; for his work covering Bush, he won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.
Jay Carney is well known to television watchers as a political analyst; he and his wife, ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman often appeared together on ABC’s Sunday Morning News Program, “This Week”. Carney resides in Washington D.C.
Jay Carney was Time’s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief, then Chief, from 2003 until December of 2008. He covered politics in general and domestic political news during the Clinton and Bush administrations. He also worked at CNN, a division of Time Warner as a special correspondent. Time magazine has a blog, a high quality outlet for mainstream journalists, and Carney’s numerous articles there give him the distinction of being one of the first journalists to take up the medium of blogging.
On November 7, 2008, Carney published a Time blog Barack Obama’s appointment of Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff. He reminds readers that during the campaign for the presidency, Republicans took delight in portraying Obama as “all talk, and no action.” But, Carney writes, the president’s naming of Emanuel shows that “The Democratic President-elect has no intention of letting that charge stick.” Jay Carney writes that while Obama speaks beautifully about hope and change, about bipartisan cooperation and a better America, he still understands that things don’t happen by themselves; you don’t hire a staff which will sit around all day, singing Kumbaya. Carney says “Instead, you bring in a guy like Emanuel, the most hardheaded, no-nonsense, foul-mouthed, smart-as-hell, get-it-done-or-get-out-of-my-way Washington insider of his generation.” Carney concludes his Time blog with “Rahm does not sing ‘Kumbaya’, He barks orders.”… then lastly, “His [Emanuel's] hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, calls Emanuel a “brutally effective taskmaster.””
In another posting for Time, Carney discussed Obama’s meeting, following the election of 2008, with the just-defeated Republican candidate, John McCain. Carney wrote that on election night, McCain pledged to do all in his power to help Obama through the many coming challenges. Jay Carney wrote: “There were some who doubted the sincerity of McCain’s pledge, coming so soon after the end of a campaign that featured a series of personal attacks on Obama. But it pays to remember that the self-styled maverick was never very comfortable as the standard bearer of a party that he had opposed so many times on so many issues. And the party long felt the same way.”
On November 12, 2008, in a piece called Why Palin Got Bad Press, Carney says he is appalled that conservatives are “so blind to Governor Palin’s true liabilities.” He says that in her first interview as the GOP vice presidential nominee she revealed herself to be less knowledgeable about national and international affairs then the average congressional intern. Carney says Republicans need to have “honest reckoning” over what went wrong in 2008.
The announcement to the press of Jay Carey’s appointment will be formalized on Friday, January 28. The changes in the White House staff and advisors also include the appointment of William Daley as White House Chief of Staff.