Behind the scenes of the Carter Administration’s communication team

This week, Jody Powell, the former press secretary to President Carter, passed away. James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic , worked with Powell in the Carter White House. Fallows was then a young speechwriter reporting to Powell. In a blog post, Fallows offered his thoughts on Powell, the communicator. “Reporters generally respected his intelligence, his toughness, his honesty, his hard-bitten sense of humor, and his unparalleled knowledge of the President’s mind, manner, and tem…

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