At least six journalists have signed on to government jobs, reports Politico, and that has conservatives asking if the same would be the case in a McCain/Palin White House. “When some leave journalism because of a reduction in staff, what’s the natural landing spot? The Obama administration,” says a conservative critic.
The most prominent journalist to jump is former Time reporter Jay Carney, now top spokesman for Vice President Biden, who maintains his "affinity" with Biden and Obama didn't affect his coverage of the race. “I didn’t even know Jay was a Democrat,” said colleague Joe Klein. Though it used to be frowned upon for journalists work for someone they've covered, in this economic climate, people understand. “It’s a sad commentary on the state of the business,” says an editor.