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Politico’s New Media Blog By Michael Calderone

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The launch of a new blog by Michael Calderone devoted to political media is good news. Here’s the first post in case you missed it:

Welcome to Politico’s newest blog, where media and politics meet. It’s official: a little caricature has now gone up on the homepage.

With this blog, I’ll cover both the epic battles between presidential campaigns and the press (like Clinton/ MSNBC or McCain/ The Times), as well as the daily twists and turns in political coverage (and the narratives developing at a rapid pace).

Besides ’08, I’ll expect to tackle journalism issues while trying to steer clear of professorial hand-wringing or dwelling on a misplaced comma. I’ll misplace quite a few.

Also, look for updates on political media news that goes beyond November, as well as, gossip from the newsroom and on the campaign trail

How exactly will this blog develop? Well, since media predictions haven’t been working out lately for anyone, I’ll just say I hope it grows organically in the days, weeks, and months to come.

And it will be a whole lot easier (and far more comprehensive) with suggestions, comments, and tips. Always appreciated!

Note as well that JohnTaylor, Frank Gannon et al are posting excellent stories at The New Nixon. Gannon provides this glimpse of Obama campaign brain David Axelrod:

Senator Obama is clearly a man of exceptional ability and presence. He also is an excellent judge of talent. His choice of Chicago’s David Axelrod to conceive and execute his candidacy accounts, in no small part, for its great success so far.

Axelrod is a colorful New Yorker who started out as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and ended up as the Chicago Tribune’s chief political writer. He has worked for Paul Simon, Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emmanuel, Chris Dodd, Tom Vilsack, John Edwards, and Deval Patrick. The latter gig supplies an Obama/Patrick link that far more important than just some shared rhetoric.

Axelrod got to know the young Obama some fifteen years ago when a local Democratic party activist got them together for a voter registration drive. The still young pro saw the great potential in the still fledging pol and has been following him around with cameras and sound crews ever since he entered the US Senate in 2004.

Axelrod, in his early fifties, has delegated managing the Obama campaign to David Plouffe, one of the partners in his consulting firm AKP&D Message and Media (Plouffe is the “P”).

There are lots of interesting insights and colorful asides to be found in Ben Wallace-Wells’s profile of Mr. Axelrod – “Obama’s Narrator” -which appeared last spring in The New York Times Magazine.


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