Over the past few weeks, however, a noticable behavior has manifested itself in Carney’s daily briefings. He has become more testy, more combative, more personal with the White House Press Corps than anyone in his position prior. 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.
Example #1: NPR’s Mara Liasson—who has covered the White House for 24 years and therefore should be worthy of at least some modicum of respect—asked whether entitlement reforms exist in the President’s budget offer:
Carney: “Mara, the way you phrase that question makes me think that you’re still working on a typewriter or something.”
Snarky and unwarranted. …
Of the President’s 454 employees, Carney is one of 21 who receives the maximum salary of $172,000. Good money, sure, but maybe one-sixth of what he could make working in “journalism” again. Rumor has it that MSNBC is hiring former senior members of Team Obama, and the aforementioned CNN (his former home via Time Warner) would sign Carney in a heartbeat. Given his prior (impressive/extensive) experience, his salary would be north of seven figures. Easily.