Reports: WH Press Secretary Carney May Resign, Work for CNN

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Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 03:48 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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With reports swirling once again that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney may be planning to resign this spring, speculation is mounting over where he'll land next.

The Daily Caller reported that Carney has told people he's leaving his White House post soon, meaning he could be looking for other employment. He will likely turn up on CNN, Mediaite's Joe Concha said Monday.

Carney became Vice President Joe Biden's director of communications in 2008 and replaced Robert Gibbs as President Barack Obama's press secretary in 2011. Before that, Carney was a journalist for The Miami Herald and later Time and CNN.

Whatever Carney's next step might be, he insisted Monday he's not angling to become the United States' next ambassador to Russia.

The Daily Beast
reported Monday that Obama administration sources said Carney has been quietly lobbying to replace former Ambassador Mike McFaul, which the press secretary quickly told The Huffington Post  is not true.

Carney does have experience in Russia, having covered the fall of the Soviet Union for Time magazine, helping fuel speculation at the White House about his campaign for the ambassadorship.

Carney has been press secretary for longer than people usually hold the job. The last two presidents had four or more press secretaries each, notes Concha, while Carney, 48, a Yale University graduate, is Obama's second.

One possibility for Carney is MSNBC, but Concha speculates that would be "a waste of talent" for the journalist, who likes sparring with people with whom he disagrees.

CNN makes sense, especially during an election year, as it is a time when the network is "beefing up its political resources and content" and Carney is familiar with the Time Warner family.

Four of the last five press secretaries have gone on to work in cable news programming, including Ari Fleischer at CNN, the late Tony Snow at CNN, Dana Perino at Fox, and Gibbs at MSNBC.

If Carney were to give up his daily sparring with reporters, a couple of likely contenders for his job are State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki and deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.

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