Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney not in the running for Apple's vacant PR job

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in General Discussion edited July 2014
Following rumors that Apple might be looking to hire former Obama administration White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for its vacant head of public relations position, the well-connected Jim Dalrymple has squashed those claims definitively.


Katie Cotton speaks with Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller and Jony Ive. Photo via Inc..


Dalrymple weighed in at The Loop on Tuesday with his usual "nope" in response to the story. He then went on to add: "Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney."

It was first reported on Monday by Re/code that Carney was in the running for Apple's high-profile vacancy. Apple's longtime head of public relations, Katie Cotton, retired from her role in May after spending 18 years in Cupertino.

Cotton was a polarizing figure for the media due to her aggressive protection of Apple and tight control over what information the company was willing to release or talk about with the press. The now-defunct rumors of Carney were also a point of discussion, with people from each side of the U.S. political aisle unsurprisingly taking to Twitter to voice their support of, or disdain for, the job Carney did as press secretary.

It was first reported in June that Cook, Apple's CEO, was seeking "high-profile external candidates" for its vacant PR position. Cook was said to be personally involved in the search, and is allegedly looking to "put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple's public relations efforts," Re/code had reported.

The position, officially titled vice president of corporate communications, reports directly to Cook. Prior to those reports, it had been speculated that Apple might simply promote from within, potentially selecting one of its public relations veterans like Steve Dowling or Nat Kerris.
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  • Reply 1 of 52
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,191member
    I knew that story was BS.
  • Reply 2 of 52
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    The way it was worded ("bandied about") and the fact it was part of a story about Uber made me quite hopeful it was just the gossip mill run amok. Thankfully that appears to be the case.
  • Reply 3 of 52
    See? Nothing but smoke. Rumors repeated or sourced from Re/code don't mean squat.
  • Reply 4 of 52
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    Cotton was a polarizing figure for the media due to her aggressive protection of Apple and tight control over what information. 

    …was released? disseminated? publicized?

  • Reply 5 of 52
    That's good. I love Apple and buy LOTS of their stuff, but if they drift any further into liberal political commentary/identity with this kind of stuff, I, and probably many others, are going to have to rethink it.
  • Reply 6 of 52
    Thank God. My wife and I were about to become an Android household.
  • Reply 7 of 52
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    An article scratched on the wall of a Chinese public toilet stated on Tuesday that upwards of 80% of Apple rumors are totally made up. Although everyday readers can usually tell the difference, popular blogs and media outlets are entirely lacking this ability. Citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with top-secret Apple plans and willing to leak them, the article noted that these fictions result in a combination of stock price shifts and clicks on shady banner ads.
  • Reply 8 of 52
    Well - the original claim sounded like a far-fetched rumor, but confirmation from Jim D. is still a bit of relief.

    Especially considering that Carney just left the administration that was recently polled as being the worst we've had since at least WW II. Yep... even worse than Bush! That is NOT the kind of person you'd want for a public face of the most valuable tech company on the planet.
  • Reply 9 of 52
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,680member

    Whew, I can finally relax now again. I was about to blow my damn top last night.

     

    If Jim Dalrymple says it aint so, then it aint so.

  • Reply 10 of 52
    Trial balloon popped. Actually, I think that trial balloon ended up like the Hindenburg.
  • Reply 11 of 52
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,680member

    Why does AI use the ancient and outdated Apple logo which was retired last century, instead of the proper Apple logo. What is the reason behind this? Is it ignorance, or is there some other motive at play here?

     

    1976-1998

    1998- Present

     

    Is AI trying to be retro or something?

     

    In that case, they might as well use this logo.

     

  • Reply 12 of 52
    inklinginkling Posts: 731member
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  • Reply 13 of 52
    davidcdavidc Posts: 11member
    Probably a rumor started by Carney himself to try and negotiate a higher salary at Uber.
  • Reply 14 of 52

    All that hyperventilation from the far right (in the previous thread) came to naught..... but it sure was funny watching them getting their panties in a bunch! <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

     

    (For the record, I think Apple should stay away from these political types, left or right).

  • Reply 15 of 52
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Trubador View Post



    Trial balloon popped. Actually, I think that trial balloon ended up like the Hindenburg.

    Yup, just like the rooster's crowing made the sun rise....

  • Reply 16 of 52
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    All that hyperventilation from the far right (in the previous thread) came to naught..... but it sure was funny watching them getting their panties in a bunch! :lol:

    (For the record, I think Apple should stay away from these political types, left or right).
    As if we wouldn't have seen the same in spades if the rumor was about hiring someone associated with the right. :lol:
  • Reply 17 of 52
    howiehowie Posts: 68member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

     

    All that hyperventilation from the far right (in the previous thread) came to naught..... but it sure was funny watching them getting their panties in a bunch! <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

     

    (For the record, I think Apple should stay away from these political types, left or right).


     

    You weren't paying attention. It wasn't just the "far right" (whatever that is to your mind) that opposed Carney. But then I suppose you only see things in some oversimplified binary black and white.

  • Reply 18 of 52
    howiehowie Posts: 68member
    Quote:


    Jay Carney for its vacant head


     

    Best phrase in this article.

  • Reply 19 of 52
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Howie View Post

     

     

    You weren't paying attention. It wasn't just the "far right" (whatever that is to your mind) that opposed Carney. But then I suppose you only see things in some oversimplified binary black and white.


    True it was also all those self-labeled "centrists" that see the ACA as socialized medicine threatening the American Way of Life who are still waiting for their personalized copy of Barack Obama's "long form" birth certificate to be delivered to their bunker.

  • Reply 20 of 52
    All that hyperventilation from the far right (in the previous thread) came to naught..... but it sure was funny watching them getting their panties in a bunch! :lol:

    (For the record, I think Apple should stay away from these political types, left or right).

    I agree (including board members)! They come with too much baggage.

    I think that Apple has always leaned a little to the left -- but, to my knowledge, never tried to impost their views or proselytize anyone.
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