Reporter admits going easy on Obama adviser Axelrod to not hurt his feelings

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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A new e-book on the Obama administration says presidential adviser David Axelrod is so popular with reporters that one privately admits to avoiding writing tough stories that would upset him.

Author Glenn Thrush doesn’t name the reporter in his “Obama’s Last Stand” e-book, but wrote that “Axe” is “so well liked a reporter told me he softened his stories to avoid ‘hurting his feelings.'”

Axelrod, a longtime Chicago political operative who founded AKPD Message and Media, was a top adviser to Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.

He followed Obama to the White House as a senior aide until leaving the White House in 2011 to return to Chicago to work on Obama’s re-election.

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