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?