He is no Alastair Campbell.
Neither is he in quite the same league as C J Cregg, the gruff, no-nonsense spin doctor from The West Wing. But a growing proportion of White House news correspondents are starting to discover that you cross swords with Jay Carney at your peril.
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Mr Carney, who became Barack Obama’s press secretary in February, has taken such a combative approach to media management that senior members of the presidential press pool recently called a crisis meeting to demand that he soften his tone.
At the centre of their complaints, according to The Washington Post, are so-called “nastygrams”, aggressive, critical emails sent with growing frequency by Mr Carney and his staff.
Some of the more delicate members of the press have also been upset by profane language with which they are increasingly upbraided over the telephone by government spin doctors. Their concerns were formally raised at a meeting in November between the White House Correspondents Association [WHCA] and Mr Carney’s office.
Read More at The Independent By Guy Adams, The Independent