NBC News’s newest contributor: David Axelrod, of course

posted at 2:01 pm on February 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

Look on the bright side. If anything, he’ll drag MSNBC to the right.

Seriously, though, in the modern media age no self-respecting cable news network is complete without a left-wing former presidential advisor. MSNBC has Ax and Gibbs, CNN had Carville and Donna Brazile. Fox has Karl Rove.

David Axelrod, former White House senior advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst. He will contribute frequently across all broadcasts and platforms of both networks.

For nearly three decades, Axelrod guided successful campaigns at every level on the ballot. He began his career as a journalist, spending eight years as a political writer, columnist and City Hall bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune before stepping into politics in 1984. He founded Axelrod and Associates, a political and media consulting firm which became AKPD Message and Media. He later founded the communications management firm ASGK Public Strategies…

The NBC News and MSNBC roster of esteemed political analysts also includes Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, Michael Steele former chairman of the Republican National Committee and two-term former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell.

Schmidt, Steele, Rendell, and now Axelrod. They used to run the gamut from A to lowercase a; now they’re running it all the way to B. Congrats to NBC on diversifying their line-up. There’s no more perfect complement to Politico’s splashy feature this morning about Obama as the media’s puppetmaster than finding out his top strategist will now be a salaried employee for a major TV news bureau. When Chuck Todd’s done, maybe they’ll skip the middleman and hire Valerie Jarrett to be White House correspondent. Question for the WH press corps: Why object to O giving interviews to People magazine instead of to NBC? Judging by the staffing alone, People’s a more independent outfit.

Via Newsbusters, here’s Todd reassuring the “Morning Joe” faithful that media bias is a figment of conservatives’ imaginations.


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Unfair and not so balanced.

Bmore on February 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Axelgrease looks like Hitler’s twin.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Via Newsbusters, here’s Todd reassuring the “Morning Joe” faithful that media bias is a figment of conservatives’ imaginations

Because people engaging in bias are forced to admit it if you ask them directly. They may be willing to lie about many things my friends, but not that. Unwritten law of the universe or something. /

Kataklysmic on February 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

National Barack Channel.

Good Lt on February 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Will he and Chelsea Clinton be in the same cubicle..?

d1carter on February 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

This is the world we live in? George Stephanopoulos is the most balanced adviser-turned-political correspondent in the news media?

The Schaef on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

sleazy, greazy bastid.

UltimateBob on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Can’t wait for Axelgrease to criticize Barry for some position the Campaigner-in-Chief takes.

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Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If Stalin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, et al., were still alive – the MSM would pick them up, for their perspectives and critiques on America -

especially her many faults.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

He is uglier than batshit. Ugh.

NJ Red on February 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Will he and Chelsea Clinton be in the same cubicle..?

d1carter on February 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

No way. B&H might be a pair of traitorous liberal snakes but they are smart enough not to leave their only legitimate child with an obvious molester.

Archivarix on February 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

NBC News’s newest contributor: David Axelrod, of course

That’s the bad news. The good news is that he’s probably not as far to the left as most of the “journalists” they have now.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

SIDEBAR -

This is the 68th annivesary of the Iwo Jima landings.

My dad was a Corpsman on Iwo [Saipan, too].

God bless all of you who were there.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Seriously, though, in the modern media age no self-respecting cable news network is complete without a left-wing former presidential advisor. MSNBC has Ax and Gibbs, CNN had Carville and Donna Brazile. Fox has Karl Rove.

I see what you did there, AP. BTW, Chuck Todd looked completely serious in those remarks. Please tell me he doesn’t really believe that left-wing media bias is just a “mythology” created by Republican staffers on the hill. Does he actually watch his own news network’s primetime lineup?

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Axelgrease looks like Hitler’s twin.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Msdnc..his home away from the WH

Todd what an absolute putz….he who interrupts gop and lets dems lie…. basically all the lsm does tgar with tingles leading the way

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Unlike Rove, who has his own set of issues, Ax is nothing more than a liar, and liars always get found out.

Tater Salad on February 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

ROFL The media is becoming a bigger joke by the day.

I don’t mind that they hire Axeldouche, NBC can run their business how they want, but they should also be willing to admit that they’re not even trying to be nonpartisan.

Bishop on February 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Msdnc touting schmitt steele and Scarborough

Yup fair and balanced
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cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Fox has Karl Rove.

Heh. Don’t forget Dana Perino, I’d guess she’s on the amnesty bandwagon too?

sauldalinsky on February 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Thanks to your dad and all who were involved with Iwo Jima landings.

I would imagine there are precious few still alive from this or WW11.

God bless and keep all who have and now serve in our military.
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letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

And Chuck Todd is a puffy donut of a man who should really consider fewer Doritos and more blueberries.

Bishop on February 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I thought he already worked there

Ellis on February 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Seriously, though, in the modern media age no self-respecting cable news network is complete without a left-wing former presidential advisor
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And the Marxist Socialist Media,Marches on!!

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Yawn-who watches that crap anyway? It’s a big circle jerk that’s singing to the choir.

MMinCanonCity on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Question for the WH press corps: Why object to O giving interviews to People magazine instead of to NBC? Judging by the staffing alone, People’s a more independent outfit.

Because People Magazine asks unserious questions to Obama, like “Did you beat Tiger?” ???????????????????????

Dusty on February 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Same job, same boss, different title.

TheRealSwede on February 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

That picture of axelrod is almost as evil looking as some we have of bho.
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letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

How funny. I was recently discussing how I thought MSNBC was as bad as it could possibly get and then, Voila! They sink to very bottom and start to dig.

ROCnPhilly on February 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Chuck Todd, with no apparent sense of irony, says liberal media bias is a ‘mythology’ while appearing on the flagrantly liberal MSNBC.

Guy’s obviously just trolling us now.

Robert_Paulson on February 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

The “Kill Romney” mastermind is now part of the Comcast media empire.

OxyCon on February 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Yawn-who watches that crap anyway? It’s a big circle jerk that’s singing to the choir.

MMinCanonCity on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This reminds me of that Sam Donalson / President Reagan interaction:

SD: Mr. President, did you know that 85% of men sing in the shower and the rest play with themselves?

POTUS: No, I didn’t.

SD: Do you know what song they sing?

POTUS: No, I’m sorry but I don’t.

SD: I didn’t think so.

platypus on February 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I don’t know what it is about that guy but there’s something really creepy about him. He’s someone if you saw coming down the sidewalk towards you you might want to cross the street. He reminds me of David Berkowitz. shudder.

scalleywag on February 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Now he will be paid by MSNBC for contributing.

mwbri on February 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

He reminds me of David Berkowitz. shudder.

scalleywag on February 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Dog whisperers, both of them.

platypus on February 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Even his comb-over goes to the left.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Axelgrease looks like Hitler’s twin.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Indeed, why I always call him Adolf.

Btw, he not only looks it.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Tweet of the Day:

mwbri on February 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Kind words, letget. I appreciate them.

Sadly, my dad died in 1990. But this day always reminds me of him.

I haven’t seen anything on FoxNews, re: the landings.
That saddens me.

But I’ve seen tons of stuff on The Bladerunner, and his troubles in South Africa. And on some “baby bump,” on some piece of royalty in England.

Oh well.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Linky no worky–Here it is:

https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/303887980832112641

mwbri on February 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Isn’t this more of inter-department transfer?

mwbri on February 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Chuck Todd doesn’t think there’s media bias? He thinks it’s our imagination, he needs to look in the mirror…it’ll be clear as day to him then.

As for the greasy one, NBC is dead to me and I avoid all their outlets as much as possible. This will not change that. From what I’ve gleaned, NBC has basically been in Axelrod’s employ for the past several years, doing his bidding, so it makes sense that he’d join them now.

changer1701 on February 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Lookie here, working fools.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Yawn-who watches that crap anyway? It’s a big circle jerk that’s singing to the choir.

MMinCanonCity on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This reminds me of that Sam Donalson / President Reagan interaction:

SD: Mr. President, did you know that 85% of men sing in the shower and the rest play with themselves?

POTUS: No, I didn’t.

SD: Do you know what song they sing?

POTUS: No, I’m sorry but I don’t.

SD: I didn’t think so.

platypus on February 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Which is still a da** sight better than the Barry/Reggie duet.

M240H on February 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

…..And , S .E . Cupp to MSLSD wilth , wait for it……….Toure .

Lucano on February 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Being the Conservative individual that I am, why would I care what Axelrod and NBC does. I wish them both well. Who knows on a slow news night, I may watch them for the pure entertainment factor.

DDay on February 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

In fairness to Rove and Dana Perino, wasn’t Bush out of office when they signed on to Fox?

monalisa on February 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Another day, another partisan hack.

Ward Cleaver on February 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

This has real potential for rich, thick, bloggy goodness.

Christien on February 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

What’s “NBC”?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Yet another in the long and growing list of reasons to never watch NBC, ever.

If I had any other choice for my internet than Comcast I would cancel them this second.

Meople on February 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

NBC circle jerk is complete: pornstache, suck up williams, chuck todd, and the ghost of tom brokaw

burserker on February 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Will lose viewers, won’t gain any, with him on there spewing Obama’s failed policies.

Amazingoly on February 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

It’s a big circle jerk that’s singing to the choir.

MMinCanonCity on February 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Oh, you want Fox “News”.

Down the hall on the extreme right.

chumpThreads on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I don’t know what it is about that guy but there’s something

really creepy about him. He’s someone if you saw coming down the sidewalk towards you you might want to cross the street. He reminds me of David Berkowitz. shudder.

scalleywag on February 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

He looks similar to the pedophile that runs the senate foreign relations committe, flies around in private jets and bangs pre-teens.

if it’s not some nasty vile looking libtard female like pelosi, murray or clinton ranting about aborting fetuses it’s some creepy looking pedophile stlaking his next peice of meat and ranting about tea partiers

acyl72 on February 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Because mere journalists are no longer good enough to properly manipulate the stupid, we need more Political Science Professionals!

/sigh

Low information hackery for a low information America.

MNHawk on February 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

scalleywag on February 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Are you sure you aren’t thinking about Jim Messina, who looks like a cross between ChumpThreads and John Wayne Gacy?

MNHawk on February 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The punks puppetmaster. Snidely Whiplash

Texyank on February 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Glenn Reynolds considers most American journalists to be nothing more than Democrat operatives with by lines. Hiring a professional PR man and political agitator with generational ties to the Communist party cements my contention that the press has allied itself with radical forces who are the enemies of liberty and American civil society. NBC can go to hell.

RobertE on February 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Seriously, though, in the modern media age no self-respecting cable news network is complete without a left-wing former presidential advisor. MSNBC has Ax and Gibbs, CNN had Carville and Donna Brazile. Fox has Karl Rove.
Zing! FTW, Allah!

Heh. Don’t forget Dana Perino, I’d guess she’s on the amnesty bandwagon too?

sauldalinsky on February 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Dana Perino vehemently defends Bush, which is understandable, but otherwise is pretty reliably conservative. Not extremely so, but way more so than Rove for certain.

Shump on February 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Well, the good news is -

Lots and Lots of Tape!

Somehow the MSNBC Studio seems to encourage the loons to let their hair down and spout off!

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Up next…

… he will be a moderator in the next Presidential debates.

Seven Percent Solution on February 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Today NBC hires Axelrod. Here’s more Chuck Todd ‘mythology,’ also today from NBC; http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/19/nbc-parent-company-comcast-now-quietly-rejecting-ads-promoting-firearms-or-weapons/

drivingtheview on February 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Chuck Todd doesn’t think there’s media bias? He thinks it’s our imagination, he needs to look in the mirror…it’ll be clear as day to him then.

changer1701 on February 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

That of course would be predicated under the assumption that Socialists can see their own reflections in the mirror.

Myron Falwell on February 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Oh, you want Fox “News”.

Down the hall on the extreme right.

chumpThreads on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Guess you forgot where Dennis Kucinich, Lanny Davis, Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, Kristin Powers, Tamryn Holder and Geraldo are drawing paychecks from.

Or was that a mere oversight?

Myron Falwell on February 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Just for reference,here is what NBC news once looked like:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIRYHz_g9Yo&list=SP5A7AB25B97DEDAE9&index=5

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Just when we thought they’d bottomed out. The godfather of smear tactic is now a member of NBC

RdLake on February 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

But he looks so much different without that caterpillar crawling across his face.

Mr. Grump on February 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM