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Unshackled from White House decorum, Jay Carney takes veiled shot at the press

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Now that he is no longer required to answer the White House press corps' questions in a professional -- albeit terse -- manner, former press secretary Jay Carney is apparently comfortable criticizing reporters for taking the “shallow approach” to covering the Obama administration.

In a New York Times Magazine interview published Thursday, Carney complained that reporters have a habit of “chasing the same soccer ball down the field,” meaning asking the same questions over and over again, that “reinforces a shallow approach."

He continued, suggesting that certain members of the White House press corps behave the way they do during daily briefings because they know they're on camera.

"If you look at the difference in tenor between the on-camera briefings and the on-the-record-but-off-camera gaggles, it’s night and day," Carney said.

As of this writing, it's unclear what Carney's next move will be, although he has hinted that he may return to writing, Politico reported.

"I haven’t made any decisions about what combination of things I’m going to be doing," he said. "I’m not going to go back to being a journalist full-time, but I may write a bit. I’m not going to disappear from view."

He also used the interview to defend the Obama administration from criticism that it attacked journalism and hindered reporters.

"Reporters are still able to get stories and information that the administration clearly does not want them to have," Carney said.

He commented on the serious nature of press leaks: "It is a serious, serious matter to leak classified information. Some of the debate around this kind of forgets how serious that is."

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