Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still interested in hiring former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as the iPhone maker’s next public relations chief, according to Bloomberg. The rumor of Apple’s interest in Carney first emerged last week, when Re/Code mentioned that Carney’s name was “being bandied about for the other big job opening in tech PR, at Apple.”
However, doubt was cast on Re/Code’s report when well-connected Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple dismissed the rumor with one of his typically pithy responses. “Nope. Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney,” wrote Dalrymple on his blog The Loop. While Dalrymple has a fairly good record when it comes to dispelling inaccurate Apple rumors, Bloomberg’s latest report cited “a friend of his [Carney’s]” as the source for the story.
It should also be noted that while Carney has not confirmed that he has talked to Apple about a job, he hasn’t denied it either. “I’m talking to a lot of different people about a variety of potential opportunities,” wrote Carney in an email obtained by Bloomberg. While it shouldn’t be surprising that a former White House Press Secretary would give an ambiguous answer to a direct question, the email does appear to leave open the possibility that the rumor of an Apple job offer is true after all.