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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  • jjca

    If they even hire him, my iphone goes in the garbage. I can’t stand it when companies mix their politics and this is just flagrant.

    • Frank Hines

      I’m with you. I have had every iphone, apple tv, macbook pro and an I mac. But if they hire this lier/loser i’m out too.

  • jjca

    If they even hire him, my iphone goes in the garbage. I can’t stand it when companies mix their politics and this is just flagrant.

  • Mister E

    Jay Carney is such an arrogant A-hole, why wouldn’t you want someone likeable to head up the PR of your company.

  • Steve Doyle

    There’s countless hours of tape of Carney shamelessly lying.. Who would want him to represent their brand?!

  • Dogie Doudou

    I would never believe anything that liar said

  • harrysucks

    jay carney is nothing more than a commie lying rat !!!

  • Nameless

    Don’t even entertain hiring this liar Apple. My family has been behind you for many years, but if you hire Carnival Carney. we’re out.

  • Jaime Izaks

    I wonder why Apple is even considering hiring him. I’m a huge Apple lover and have made my Chicago PR agency love Apple too. If they hire him, it’ll be hard to love Apple.

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