Thought I was a "writer" in high school. Got involved in college journalism, for a magazine instead of the school paper. Then fell into studying Russian and the Soviet Union in college and decided I wanted to go to Moscow as a reporter. Graduated in 1987 -- perfect timing. Out of everything you've covered, what's been your favorite story? The collapse of the Soviet Union. My entire three years in Moscow, from 1990-1993, bifurcated by the failed coup of August 1991. Every day was a journalist's dream. What's the best thing about your job?/What's the worst thing about your job? Best: getting paid to talk to people, read a lot and then write about it all. Worst: realization that your story is next week's fish wrap. (Does anyone wrap fish in newsprint anymore?) Does Bush have a nickname for you? Jay-boy during the campaign. More recently Carni (pronounced Car-neye). What did you do to pass the time during Campaign 2000? Hang out, eat and drink with the Bush Press Bubble -- a great group of folks. What's your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you'd like to reveal?) So many to choose from. I actually was the anchor for a pilot episode of a Hotline television show about six or seven years ago. I was appalling at it. Another time, in 1990 or '91, I was having an ear piece put in when I was in Moscow and overheard Robin MacNeil or Jim Lehrer say, incredulously, "How old is this guy, 15?" Do you have a prediction for the WH 2004 matchup? McCain-Gore. (Despite solid approval ratings, Bush decides not to run for re-election, takes MLB commissioner job instead). And finally, we're ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This one's from Newsweek's Howard Fineman. Is there a political TV show you would refuse to do? If so, which one? Given some of the shows I have done already, I don't think anyone would believe me if I drew the line now. Now you can pose your own question to the next person we interview: We'd like to give you the chance to pose a question -- any question -- to the next interviewee. Be as nice, or as mean, as you wish. The dirty little secret about appearing on political talk shows is ....?
From The Hotline Media Monitor Time Machine: Jay Carney
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