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Media Advisory

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.