University of Iowa professor Bruce Gronbeck, an expert on White House
scandals, is available to speak about the current crisis in the Clinton
Administration as the president faces allegations that he had an improper
sexual relationship with a former White House intern and then told her
to lie about the affair.
Gronbeck, a professor of communication studies, has written and spoken
extensively about character issues in politics, and is the author of a
chapter in a book called Media Scandals about the Gennifer Flowers
affair and the way the press handled the story.
Gronbeck notes a distinct change of strategy in the handling of Monica
Lewinsky's charges as compared with those of Flowers in 1992. When Flowers
took her story public, the Clintons responded by attacking the press for
jumping on a tabloid bandwagon, Gronbeck says. But the response to the
current crisiswith Hillary Rodham Clinton appearing on national television
suggesting a right-wing conspiracy to bring down her husband"makes
this a whole different kind of ballgame," Gronbeck says.
Gronbeck is most easily contacted at home in the morning, (319) 628-4033.
In the afternoon, his university office phone number is (319) 335-0580.