How much of a liberal and Democratic partisan was new White House press secretary James Carney at Time magazine? Digging through the MRC archives provides a dossier of clues. Here's one. After George W. Bush went jogging with him in 2000, Carney turned around on his fellow Yale alum and "reported" that "Bush tore into McCain like a pit bull let loose in a slaughterhouse." Balance and equanimity were not Carney's style. He rose through the ranks to Washington Bureau Chief in 2005 by toeing the liberal line:
"In towns like Pushkino (pop. 90,000), many Russians view the tumult sweeping Moscow with more anxiety and skepticism than do their big-city compatriots...they wonder if the destruction of Soviet communism will bring them anything more than uncertainty and hardship."
-- Time reporter James Carney, September 9, 1991.
"Perhaps the most startling thing about Hillary Clinton's performance last week on Capitol Hill was the silent but devastating rebuke it sent to her cartoonists. This was not the Hillary as overbearing wife, the Hillary as left-wing ideologue, or even the Hillary as mushy-headed spiritual adviser to the nation. This was Hillary the polite but passionate American citizen -- strangely mesmerizing because of how she matched the poise and politics of her delivery with the power of her position. No wonder some of Washington's most acid tongues and pens took the week off."
-- Time reporters James Carney, Michael Duffy, and Julie Johnson, October 11, 1993.