Jay Carney, Revolving Doors and the Beltway Bubble

Jay Carney was a Time magazine reporter, bureau chief and frequent TV talking head. He is married to ABC reporter Claire Shipman. He left journalism to be Joe Biden’s communications director, andwas just namedBarack Obama’s next press secretary.

It used to bemore common to see people criticize thismedia/politics revolving door. Journalists who jump over the supposed divide between the supposed watchdogs andthe powerful institutions they’re watching do little to dispel the sense that the Beltway is one big cocktail party. (Read “Party Like a Beltway Insider Journalist!”–FAIR Blog, 4/26/10–for some sense of the terrain.)

Which brings me to Howard Fineman‘s piece about Carney in Huffington Post (1/27/11). Which starts out with this:

Among his other attributes, Jay Carney is a cool dancer. I know that because I saw him and his wife, Claire Shipman, getting down on the tented dance floor of a fancy Georgetown wedding years ago. Jay Carney, who went to Yale and was a foreign correspondent in Moscow, is–besides being smart, savvy, loyal and well-connected with the right sort–suave.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.