Leah Barkoukis

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s behavior during daily briefings has changed, Mediaite’s columnist Joe Concha observed last year.

“He has become more testy, more combative, more personal with the White House Press Corps than anyone in his position prior,” Concha wrote in the March 2013 column. “It seems if any reporter questions this White House—which has arguably experienced its worst month if recent precipitous drops in the polls are any indication—they are attacked publicly and directly.”

After giving several examples, Concha concludes by letting Carney know it’s OK to step down.

Now it seems that time may have come. The Daily Caller has the details:

Insiders very close to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicate that he’s on his way out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Mirror has learned. Carney has told people he’s leaving the White House soon.

In 2008, Carney became Director of Communications for Vice President Joe Biden. In 2011, he became the nation’s 29th press secretary, President Obama’s second, replacing Robert Gibbs. […]

The Mirror sought comment from White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the man who could very well replace Carney when he makes the jump. He gave the old non-denial denial: “We routinely decline to comment on speculation about personnel matters,” Earnest told The Mirror.

I’m sure if asked though, Carney would refer you to someone else anyway.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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