CNN announced today that former White House press secretary Jay Carney has joined the network as a political commentator, and will begin tonight with the President’s speech on his ISIS strategy.
Sam Feist, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, said that Carney’s “unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns.” He added that CNN is fortunate to have him on the air tonight to analyze the President’s speech.
Carney, for his part, said that he was “thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world.”
This should be a much easier job for Carney, as he will be free to voice his own opinion and won’t be forced to spew the Obama administration line, though he likely won’t be very critical of his former boss. It is also an opportunity for him to rehabilitate his image after bumbling through reporters’ questions for the last three years.