ABC Declares: Claire Shipman, Wife of New Obama Press Secretary, Will No Longer Cover the White House
Published: 1/28/2011 4:15 PM ET
Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper on Friday addressed the fact that Barack Obama's New press secretary, Jay Carney, is the husband of ABC reporter Claire Shipman. Stephanopoulos, discussing the couple, declared, "He and Claire actually appeared many times on This Week when I was the anchor. And, of course, Claire will now not be covering the White House.
Stephanopoulos, it should be noted, underwent the reverse career course of Carney. The GMA co-anchor began as a Democratic operative and then became a journalist. (Carney wrote for Time magazine before going to work for Vice President Joe Biden.)
Although Stephanopoulos tried to minimize the conflict of interest, insisting Shipman will no longer be covering "the White House," he didn't explain if that included the 2012 presidential race, the opponent's of her husband's boss and other issues relating to the administration.
Tapper appeared impressed with Carney and his ability to improve the image of Vice President Biden: "Well, he's been an effective and forceful advocate for the Vice President for the last two years. And you've seen Vice President Biden's press improve quite a bit. Jay understands what we do, having been a journalist."
For examples of Carney's bias when he was an actual journalist, go here.
A transcript of the January 28 segment, which aired at 7:07am EST, follows: