NBC has hired David Axelrod, former White House advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s election campaigns, as a senior political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, according to a Feb. 19 Los Angeles Times report.
The network’s announcement marks Axelrod’s return to journalism after years in politics. The Los Angeles Times reports that he was with the Chicago Tribune for eight years before going into politics.
Axelrod’s move is not the first post-election shuffle at a major news network. Fox News and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said good bye after three years and the network has welcomed former Massachusetts Sen. Scoot Brown. Across the aisle at CNN, the network bid adieu to political strategist James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin.
Axelrod has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, even shaving his mustache live on the “Morning Joe” program in connection with his epilepsy charity. He joins an ex-political club, including Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s former campaign advisor and Michael Steel, former Republican National Committee Chairman.
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