With today’s surprise announcement that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is resigning, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl is temporarily without a “flack jacket” to spar with.
The two men had the occasional contentious exchange which created for memorable moments. But for Karl, it was never personal.
“Will I miss Jay? Of course,” Karl tells TVNewser. “He’s been a spirited advocate for the President who was never afraid to take the tough questions. To borrow one of Jay’s favorite phrases, ‘I appreciate that.’ And as heated as it sometimes got in the briefing room, it was never personal. Jay is a pro.”
Last year, Karl spoke to us about pushing beyond the White House line when reporting on a story.