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Jay Carney Joins CNN…Is Anyone Surprised?

New York- Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has joined CNN as a political contributor. Any surprise here? Not really. Carney, who resigned as press secretary in June, becomes the latest former press secretary in a long line to join a news network as a pundit and his move was widely expected. A New York Times interviewer once asked him, “Now that you’re leaving your job as White House press secretary, do you know which cable news network you’re going to be a pundit for?”

The real issue here isn’t that Carney, who himself was a journalist before joining the Obama Administration, will comment on political issues. Rather, the real issue is that news organizations such as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC continually hire spin doctors to push political agendas.

Carney joins a long line of press secretaries to move into network news. Carney’s predecessor Robert Gibbs joined MSNBC as a contributor immediately after resigning his post as President Obama’s Press Secretary. George W. Bush‘s press secretary Dana Perino 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.

Is it any wonder why the cable news audience in America has not grown in 12 years?

Former White House press secretary James Brady dies

At the age of 73, Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, has passed away, his family announced Monday.

“Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model,” said the Brady family according to NBC News.  “We are enormously proud of Jim’s remarkable accomplishments – before he was shot on the fateful day in 1981 while serving at the side of President Ronald Reagan and in the days, months and years that followed.”

Brady was seriously injured in the assassination attempt on Reagan carried out by John Hinckley, Jr., after being shot in the head by Hinckley.  The injuries sustained  from the attack left Brady confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.

The attack on the former president and the injuries sustained by Brady prompted the adoption of a federal law requiring background checks to be carried out on handgun buyers, according to FOX News.  The bill is called the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, or Brady Law, in honor of Brady who became an advocate for gun control after the attack.

The current press secretary for the White House, Josh Earnest, told Politico, he was aware of Brady’s deteriorating health, but was unaware of his passing before a White House briefing earlier Monday.

“He is somebody who really revolutionized this job,” said Earnest according to Politico.  ” He leaves a legacy that certainly this press secretary and all future press secretaries will aspire to live up to.”