Time Journo Named Biden Spokesman

DC bureau chief is second media member to join Obama team
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2008 9:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Joe Biden’s new communications director will be top political journalist Jay Carney, who’s worked at Time magazine for two decades, Politico reports. The magazine’s Washington bureau chief, a frequent TV analyst, had already decided to follow a new path after the election, a Democratic source said, adding, “It's an adventure. Everybody thought it was an interesting idea and worth the risk.”

Still, “there are those on the right who will see this as the embodiment of their assertions about the media and Obama,” the official noted. Carney is certainly not the first journalist to take a political post, but he’s quitting one of political journalism’s top jobs, the New York Times reports. Time’s managing editor says the shift doesn’t reflect a crumbling industry: “We feel bullish about our future.”