Scott McClellan and Business Ethics

Last Updated Jun 4, 2008 8:21 PM EDT

Stephen Goldman, a law professor at Catholic University of America, has just come out with a book called "Temptations in the Office: Ethical Choices and Legal Obligations."

Scott McClellan, the former White House spokesman, has a new book of his own, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," which has created quite an uproar in the corridors of power.

What do you get when you put the two together? Check out this interesting Q&A from to hear Goldman discuss McClellan as an example of one of the more misunderstood conundrums of the ethical life - the difference between being a "victim" and a "participant" when your bosses are in the wrong, and how often the two are intertwined.

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