Pressroom of Babel
A veteran White House press secretary thinks it is time to blow up the 35-year-old model of having one overexposed spokesperson be ground zero for every question.
The source: “Memorandum to the President-Elect” by Mike McCurry, in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Dec. 2008.
Richard M. Nixon was president when the White House Press Office was last revamped, and it is now suffering from hardening of the arteries. More Americans are interested in politics than ever, but an office that had specialized in communicating the president’s daily message to major newspapers, magazines, and television...