WSW left spinning by Lewinsky visit

NEW YORK: Monica Lewinsky's recent visit to Weber Shandwick

Worldwide (WSW) in New York had the agency practicing crisis

communications on its own behalf last week.

The ensuing brouhaha was the result of an item by MSNBC gossip scribe

Jeanette Walls in her March 27 'Inside Scoop' column alleging that the

infamous intern had compared herself to a Holocaust victim during her

talk at the agency.

'According to several sources, listeners were appalled when Lewinsky

likened her plight to someone who faced the holocaust,' the article

read, and went on to describe a disgusted staffer who walked out.

However, WSW general manager Paul Costello, who arranged the Lewinsky

visit as part of a regular program hosting media and public figures,

disputed the report. 'Her remark was misinterpreted by (Walls') source,'

he said.

'What she really said was, 'While I would never compare myself to

victims of the Holocaust, I will say the human spirit can endure,'' said

another source close to the story.

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