Former White House press secretaries speak to LSU students

Former White House press secretaries speak to LSU students
Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 9:55 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two former White House press secretaries spoke Tuesday at LSU.

Ari Fleischer, who served under George W. Bush and Mike McCurry, who served under Bill Clinton were at the LSU Manship School for Mass Communication on April 17.

The event, entitled "From the President to the Press Briefing: Exploring the Role of the Presidential Press Secretary," was held at 6 p.m and addressed the evolving role of the presidential press secretary.

The event was hosted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, in collaboration with Cornerstone Government Affairs.

They spoke about the role of journalism in the age of social media  McCurry said a familiar problem is getting worse.

"I probably, myself, was guilty too much of spinning the news sometimes. I think we ought to try to do less spin, less propaganda, and more just solid, factual information so that people can trust the information they get," McCurry said.

The press secretaries also took time to poke fun at another former Washington insider, James Carville, who is now a professor at LSU's Manship School.

Fleischer and McCurry spoke with students about the importance and responsibility that comes with the job of being the president's spokesperson - or anyone's spokesperson for that matter.

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