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Axelrod's Son Hired by Huffington Post

By Howard Kurtz
David Axelrod's son is following his father's career path -- that is, the one he had before becoming a political strategist.

Ethan Axelrod is joining the Huffington Post, the liberal Web site that has been largely supportive of President Obama. His dad, now a White House senior adviser, was a Chicago Tribune reporter until he quit in 1984 to help run a Senate campaign (and still has a soft spot for newspapers, though his old one is in bankruptcy).

"I've been interested in journalism for a while," the 22-year-old Axelrod said Tuesday. "I heard through my father that they were expanding, so I applied for it."

The younger Axelrod started Monday as editor of the Huffington Post's new local edition in Denver, the third of a dozen planned sites that have already launched in New York and Chicago and will next target Los Angeles. He applied for the job, was interviewed by Arianna Huffington along with other candidates, and was tapped after submitting a mockup of the Denver home page. The site goes live in September.

Axelrod began writing and editing for the school paper while at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, and he hadn't necessarily planned to join the online world until learning of the Huffington opening. His father's journalistic roots "piqued my interest a bit," he said. "I've always been a follower and admirer of news reporting." Wonder if his father's colleagues will say the same thing after four years.

Posted at 6:45 PM ET on Jul 28, 2009  | Category:  Cast of Characters
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Posted by: StewartIII | August 3, 2009 3:10 AM

Ethan is young, wants to start somewhere. Irrespective of where he goes... his Dad's influence and connections goes with him.

Huffington is has good a place to start as any. If he's truly a journalist at heart.. the independent streak for his 'beliefs' will kick in. Believe me. And that's whether or not he's at Huffington or on his own blogsite.

Ethan, kudos to you. Ready to read your take on the issues.

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 29, 2009 10:53 AM

While I'm a huge fan of David Axelrod, I'm sure no one really thinks that Ethan got a job at the Huffington Post just by being a good writer at his college newspaper....patronage has no limits- even amongst "progressives"

Posted by: real411 | July 29, 2009 10:15 AM



Is this really a good idea?

If I were David Axelrod, I'd urge my son to find an underwriter that does not pose a conflict of interest problem, and set up his own blog site -- as his OWN editor-in-chief.

Why does he need HuffPost?

Seems Arianna has more to gain from this arrangement than young Ethan.

Personally, I'd be more apt to read his stuff if it appeared under his name and his name only.

But maybe that's because I'm not yet convinced that Arianna is a "progressive" Democrat (assuming she is a Democrat...)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 28, 2009 10:39 PM

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