The fate of Jay Carney
After leaving the White House with a reputation for telling lies, what are the career options open for Jay Carney? Once upon a time, he was an actual reporter who gathered news and was supposed to be believed, working for Time Magazine, which some readers may remember used to be a major publication.
According to the Daily Caller, next stop: MSNBC:
Sources inside MSNBC say former White House Spokesman Jay Carney, who recently resigned from his post at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, will likely be headed to MSNBC.
Carney is in talks for a contributor position.
MSNBC, of course, is already the home of Carney’s predecessor Robert Gibbs, and Obama election strategy mastermind David Axelrod, so it would be a reunion of sorts for Carney. Contributors on MSNBC have the responsibility of validating whatever the Democratic Party wants people to believe, and herding that diminishing group of viewers toward the polls every couple of years.
Daniel Greenfield, writing at Front Page Magazine, speculates that a part time gig at MSNBC may be the only job Jay can get:
[A]fter spending years flacking for Obama, the only gig this former “journalists” could get was at MSNBC.
But I think it is too early to shed any tears for Jay. After all, there are many hundreds of campuses where students pay mandatory “student activity fees” in the hundreds of dollars each, that are used to hire outside speakers to come in and deliver speeches presenting the “inside” story about topics the students may have seen on television. As someone whose visage has appeared on those screens, and with the requisite left wing credentials to pass muster in the monoculture maintained by academic leftists, Jay should be in line to collect speaking fees well into the multi-thousands per pop for at least a couple more years.
Then there is book advance to be had from a publisher whose corporate parent has business regulated by the federal bureaucracy. Just as Hillary Clinton collected well over 10 million bucks for a book tat maybe a hundred and fifty thousand people will ever buy (and a tiny fraction of those read), so Jay can cash in for a lesser, but still substantial advance that may or may not actually be covered by book sales.
And finally, there is K Street. Having a familiar face helps get access to people in need of persuasion by moneyed interests. So, lobbing of a continuation of some regulation, or imposition of another on a competitor, and the other rent-seeking is a likely destination.
So all in all, good prospects ahead for Jay. Shed no tears for the stand-up guy.