One of Barack Obama’s senior advisers helped arrange public relations help for Trinity United Church as it grappled with tough coverage in the wake of the Jeremiah Wright controversy, according to a new report.
Talking Points Memo reports that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, privately contacted Jim Terman, president of Chicago public relations firm Jasculca-Terman and Associates, after the church put out a call for help after Wright's remarks attracted a media firestorm. The firm specializes in crisis management.
"I called Jim Terman and asked if they were interested in helping out and they followed up with the church," Axelrod said in an e-mailed statement to TPM. He added that the phone call was the extent of his assistance. Terman confirmed to the Web site that the firm is now doing pro bono work for the church.