September 8, 2008

Speechwriters...

One of the silliest political criticisms one hears is to say dismissively that so and so's speech was written by a speechwriter.

All major politicians use speechwriters, even if they are capable of writing a great speech on their own. In fact it would be irresponsible not to, since speechwriting, like all writing, takes a lot of time and energy to do right. And a candidate or politician (or business leader or union leader or whoever) have more important work to do.

And any good speechwriter works hard to express what the speaker is intending to say, in the style they would naturally use. And for an important speech it is usually a collaborative process, with drafts going back and for between speaker and writer.

Posted by John Weidner at September 8, 2008 7:02 AM
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