Sunday, June 15, 2008

The White House Press Secretary as Author

In government communications, the pinnacle job is the White House press secretary. The public perception of a president often is related to the level of success the press secretary has in dealing with the media. A new book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," has put a new spotlight on the press secretary's role.

Scott McClellan served as press secretary during a difficult time. He chose not to stay until the end of President George W. Bush's final term and, instead, wrote the book.

The book has created a level of controversy worthy of his time in the White House. There are those who charge he has been disloyal to a president that trusted him and others who think he has provided unprecedented insight to the current administration's operations. Still, there are others who suggest McClellan behaved unethically as press secretary by passing on information to the public that he allegedly know was false. Others say he was just doing his job and did it well under trying conditions.

What do you think? What other issues does his book and public statements mean for government communicators? Leave a comment and take our poll on the right hand side of the page.

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