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MSNBC, The All-In-For-Obama Channel, pays for lack of news

The Baltimore Sun

You know what, maybe there is some justice in this world.

I was angry Monday when I saw David Axelrod, the latest Obama partisan hired by MSNBC, dare to take on Bob Schieffer, of CBS News.

At issue was a statement Schieffer made on his "Face the Nation" show Sunday in which he questioned not only Team Obama's lack of respect for the press and First Amendment, but the overall communications competence of the administration.

You can see it here.

Schieffer is right, of course.

And if you don't believe me, just think back to October 2009 and the White House's misguided campaign to discredit Fox News. Its TV launch featured Anita Dunn, White House communications director, doing an interview while standing on the White House lawn during a what looked like a wind storm. She looked like she was doing "King Lear."

When someone with Schieffer's track record in Washington tells you the White House has gone off the rails on the relationship between the executive branch and the press, a smart person listens.

But Axelrod is more a Chicago wise guy than a smart person. And he tried to reduce and misrepresent what Schieffer said to make it seem as if the veteran newsman was whining about not being able to book the administration guests that he wanted on his show. But that's what Axelrod does, isn't it?

Anyway, he's one of the guys MSNBC brought on in its all-in commitment to being an official organ of government ideology rather than a source of news and information -- and he is one of the folks bringing them down.

How far down?

May was the second month in a row that CNN beat MSNBC in prime time, total day and the desired demographic of viewers ages 25-54. For the record, MSNBC was also beaten by CNN's sister channel HLN, which rode the Jodi Arias trial to victory.

Below are the Nielsen ratings in thousands. May was a strong news month, and CNN rose to the challenge. One of the most impressive gains belongs to Jake Tapper's show at 4 p.m. That's very good news for Jeff Zucker.

But, hey, MSNBC has been right there giving Obama diehards like Axelrod and Robert Gibbs its airwaves to attack anyone who would dare criticize the administration.

Speaking of folks bringing MSNBC down, I'd be remiss if I closed without mentioning Chris Hayes and his "All In" 8 p.m. show. It's destroying MSNBC's prime time and dragging the channel's one star, Rachel Maddow, down with its deadly lead-in to her show.

Keep up the good work, boys.

Total Day (total viewers/demo 25-54)
HLN   495k/176k                                                  
CNN   465k/162k  
MSNBC  346k/115k                                                   

M-F Primetime (total viewers/demo 25-54)                                               
CNN   751k/252k                                
HLN   707k/238k                     
MSNBC  607k/170k   

M-Sunday Primetime (total viewers/demo 25-54)
CNN   665k/228k
HLN    627k/210k                              
MNSBC  543k/177k          

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