“The strict dictionary definition of a ‘carney’ (or a ‘carny’) denotes someone who works in a carnival. The more common, if utterly pejorative, usage centers on someone who tries to con innocent people,” Jon Friedman writes for MarketWatch. “It would seem both references would apply if recently retired White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would confirm the rampant speculation, currently sweeping through Silicon Valley, and join Apple as its public-relations chief.”

“Carney became infamous for his non-responsive replies to reporters’ questions about White House policies. His habit of awkwardly trying to deflect queries eventually became something of a running joke — except that the joke was on him. Now that ill-advised reputation would follow him across the country throughout northern California and beyond,” Friedman writes. “Hmmm. We seem to have a media-relations leader who shows little regard for the media. Now, where would such a person fit in the worst? Why, Silicon Valley, of course. And the cherry on top of the sundae is that Apple stands as the most scrutinized company on Earth — or any other planet.”

“Couldn’t you just see it now?” Friedman writes. “Tech reporter: ‘So, Jay, how are you getting along with Beats’ Dr. Dre?’ Carney: ‘I don’t know.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: This rumor certainly has legs, but it’s effectively been debunked by the well-connected Jim Dalrymple earlier today: Jim Dalrymple: ‘Nope’ on Jay Carney for Apple PR boss report

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