Former White House spokesman Jay Carney too 'PCish' to head Apple PR?

Is handling the White House press a transferable skill to dealing with the tech media?

Apparently some think so. Jay Carney’s name had been “bandied” about for the top public relations job at Apple, reported ReCode.

Carney, who left the White House in June, has also been considered for the top job at Uber, ReCode says.

This isn’t the first round of the D.C.-to-Silicon-Valley speculation game.

When Robert Gibbs left the White House as spokesman in 2011, there were rumors he was going to take a PR job at Facebook. But those talks fell apart, Politico reported.

Gibbs became a contributor at MSNBC, where Carney is also rumored to be going, said the Daily Caller.

Carney’s Beltway reputation was one of keeping the press at bay, Dylan Byers of Politico reported.

That skill would seem to be useful as the head of PR at any tech company but particularly at secretive Apple.

But some Apple lovers had a strong negative reaction on Twitter and elsewhere to Carney as a possible candidate, questioning his trustworthiness and his role as a so-called “apologist” for the administration, reported MarketWatch.

One commenter on 9-to-5 Mac described Carney as being too “PCish” for the job, as in the old “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” Apple ads.

All the angst is likely for naught.

Is Carney a candidate? “Nope,” said LoopInsight’s Jim Dalrymple. “Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney,” he writes.


Above: Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.