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Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, reacting on Monday to Jay Carney’s decision to leave the magazine for a job with the Obama administration, said that his outgoing Washington bureau chief “doesn’t have any kind of ideology.”
“I didn’t even know Jay was a Democrat,” Time’s Joe Klein wrote in an e-mail to Politico. “Really,” Klein continued. “He has great Republican sources from his days covering the Bush White House and he’s one of those guys who always seemed pretty balanced at editorial meetings when it came to evaluating the latest developments. (Which I guess is a quality you want in a communications director.)”
“Another Time staffer said that Carney “doesn’t seem to have politics” and had never expressed any partisan views in editorial meetings.”
All undoubtedly true. If McCain had won, Carney might well have accepted a job as spokesman with someone for his administration.The fact that Time‘s bureau chief apparently had no political ideas is perhaps the most disturbing part of the whole story.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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