The best press secretaries possess certain characteristics that make them invaluable to both their boss and the media through which they convey their administration's positions, philosophies and programs.
Anonymous (May 21, 2013): One of your best, Fraser. It's educational just hunting for the clever plays on words. You might consider a book on various press secretaries over the years. Jim Hagerty, Eisenhower's guy, was a former New York Times reporter who brooked little nonsense for anyone trying to embarass Ike. Those who have followed him have been weak sisters in contrast. He gave Art Buchwald, a struggling reporter, hell at a summit meeting in Paris. Art had dared write a spoof re Ike's botched syntax. His scolding made him world famous as a humorist converted into a columnist by Ben Bradlee. who had been at the summit.