If that is what Lanny Davis said about privileged conversations, he is way off base.
Courts have consistently held that attorney-client privilege extends only to conversations that are about LEGAL matters.
If the discussion is about political, or PR, or regulatory matters--as was the case with Big Tobacco--it isn't covered, and the mere presence of an attorney doesn't provide a shield.
As soon as I hear, "we have to run it through legal," I know my brilliant press release guaranteed to hook the media will come back with all the appeal of soggy instant oatmeal.
I think, and have always believed, that in any crisis situation that has legal implications, a lawyer should be a central part of the PR crisis team. What's more important, getting a few hits or preventing legal trouble for a client?
Brilliant, Fraser. Just brilliant.