DIARY: News flash: Starr has image issues

Now he tells us.

Now he tells us.

Now he tells us.



Independent Counsel Ken Starr, who was the lead figure in the President

Clinton/Monica Lewinsky investigation (well, except for the two

participants themselves), has finally conceded what everyone has known

for over two years: that his office did a crummy media relations job

during the ’Monicagate’ saga.



In front of a 300-strong audience of Northwestern University journalism

students and professors, Starr described his press dealings as ’utterly

inadequate,’ and admitted that a more efficient media response team

would, at the very least, have cut down on the number of reporters

camping out on his front lawn.



’It was a mistake not to have created a more systematic regular

function,’ he added, pointing to the absence of a public information

officer as a major reason for the problems. ’The public interest and the

public confidence would have been better served.’



We’re not the kind of folks who say ’I told you so,’ but ...



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