Mirroring the Fox News lineup of GOP activists, NBC hires two former Obama officials

Over the years, the lineup of paid pundits at Fox News has included such former Republican administration officials as Karl Rove, Tony Snow (now deceased) and Dana Perino.

NBC is now following suit, after a fashion, with a couple of hires from the Obama administration — David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs (above).

The story is HERE.



  1. I have no issues with Axelrod and Gibbs making some money in the private sector. More power to them. What is completely laughable is that they said they would not be “cheerleaders” for the Obama administration. HA! With continued good humor like that, I’m sure they will help the ratings.

  2. Neftali: Axelrod and Gibbs are liberals, so naturally they’re going to be more supportive than critical of Obama. We shouldn’t expect them to echo the Obama haters at Fox News.

    But that doesn’t mean they won’t sometimes find fault with certain White House strategies, just as guys like Karl Rove at Fox News sometimes find fault with the strategies of Boehner, McConnell, et al, on the Republican side.

    Axelrod and Gibbs weren’t hired to be objective reporters. They’re pundits — liberal pundits.

  3. You’re being too kind, Pat. I really can’t recall a time when Rove said anything negative about the Bush administration, or about top level Republicans leaders. (on a side note, I’m not sure if Roger Ailes would have let him get away with it.) But even in the dozens of syndicated Rove columns I’ve read, I can’t recall any negative commentary there either.

    I’ll certainly admit that I’ve seen plenty of critique of the Obama administration from people like Rachel Maddow or even Jon Stewart, but somehow, I think Axelrod and Gibbs are more like Rove. So they will indeed be Obama cheerleaders.

  4. Just as the war criminal president [Google: Operation Menu], Richard M. Nixon, tried to cover-up his illegal bombing of Cambodia and his connection with the Watergate break-in, so our current imperial President, Barack H. Obama, in the wake of the embarrassing release one of his “kill list” memos, is using this move to try to continue his long-term cover-up his multiple crimes of indiscriminate mass murder.

    Having both served as steadfast supporters for Obama’s policy of globalized assassination with impunity, Gibbs and Axelrod will now serve the president’s cover-up efforts by infiltrating the press and subverting its investigative oversight and criticism of the president’s activities.

    Gibbs had his 15 minutes of infamy when he defended the president’s drone-assassination of an innocent 16-year old American, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki :

    Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was born in Denver and lived there until he was 7, when his family moved to Yemen. Like many American kids, he had a Facebook page and a love of “The Simpsons.” No one ever accused him of any wrongdoing. Yet on Oct. 14, 2011, a U.S. drone missile killed him and his teenage cousin while they were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant.

    Two weeks ago, the Justice Department asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit in which Abdulrahman’s grandfather, Nasser Al-Awlaki, asks for an official explanation about why the boy died. Only unofficial explanations have been offered.

    One anonymous official told media that Abdulrahman’s death was a mistake. Indefensibly, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in October, “You should have a far more responsible father” if you don’t want to be killed. (Abdulrahman’s father, Anwar al-Awlaki, was suspected by the United States of terrorism and was killed by a drone two weeks before his son.) But surely no one would suggest that children are fair game simply because their parents are suspected of wrongdoing. And if the government made a mistake, it should explain why.

    Hina Shamsi and Vincent Warren / A license to kill: The U.S. claims the unquestioned right to assassinate Americans ; January 2, 2013

    Obama Top Adviser Robert Gibbs Justifies Murder of 16 Year Old American Citizen

    As for Axelrod: the New York Times has reported that he was a frequent witness to the regular Tuesday sessions when Obama and his henchmen played God by deciding who should be killed next:

    David Axelrod, the president’s closest political adviser, began showing up at the “Terror Tuesday” meetings, his unspeaking presence a visible reminder of what everyone understood: a successful attack would overwhelm the president’s other aspirations and achievements.

    Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will
    The New York Times, May 29, 2012

    The leader of the government regularly sits down with his senior generals and spies and advisers and reviews a list of the people they want him to authorize their agents to kill. They do this every Tuesday morning when the leader is in town. The leader once condemned any practice even close to this, but now relishes the killing because he has convinced himself that it is a sane and sterile way to keep his country safe and himself in power. The leader, who is running for re-election, even invited his campaign manager to join the group that decides whom to kill.

    This is not from a work of fiction, and it is not describing a series of events in the Kremlin or Beijing or Pyongyang. It is a fair summary of a 6,000-word investigative report in The New York Times earlier this week about the White House of Barack Obama. Two Times journalists, Jo Becker and Scott Shane, painstakingly and chillingly reported that the former lecturer in constitutional law and liberal senator who railed against torture and Gitmo now weekly reviews a secret kill list, personally decides who should be killed, and then dispatches killers all over the world — and some of his killers have killed Americans.

    We have known for some time that President Obama is waging a private war. By that I mean he is using the CIA on his own — and not the military after congressional authorization — to fire drones at thousands of persons in foreign lands, usually while they are riding in a car or a truck. He has done this both with the consent and over the objection of the governments of the countries in which he has killed. He doesn’t want to talk about this, but he doesn’t deny it. How chilling is it that David Axelrod — the president’s campaign manager — has periodically seen the secret kill list? Might this be to keep the killings politically correct?

    The Secret Kill List
    by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Creators.com, 31 May 2012

    Can we expect any serious investigation of these crimes now that Obama’s cheerleaders are working for NBC/MSNBC?

    Dronemeister Obama is not leaving this to chance. He is working hard to cover-up his criminal activities by making a lie out of his campaign and 2013 State of the Union speech promises for transparency:

    WASHINGTON — The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make sure its stance does not do anything to endanger the confirmation of John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director.

    Rather than agreeing to some Democratic senators’ demands for full access to the classified legal memos on the targeted killing program, Obama administration officials are negotiating with Republicans to provide more information on the lethal attack last year on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, according to three Congressional staff members.

    The strategy is intended to produce a bipartisan majority vote for Mr. Brennan in the Senate Intelligence Committee without giving its members seven additional legal opinions on targeted killing sought by senators and while protecting what the White House views as the confidentiality of the Justice Department’s legal advice to the president. It would allow Mr. Brennan’s nomination to go to the Senate floor even if one or two Democrats vote no to protest the refusal to share more legal memos.


    The refusal so far to share more of the opinions with Congress, or to make redacted versions of the memos public, comes despite a pledge of greater transparency by President Obama in his State of the Union address on Feb. 12.

    “I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way,” the president said. “So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.”

    White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone Memos
    By Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti
    The New York Times, Thurs 21 February 2013

    This misbegotten and horrific policy could not have gotten as far as it has without the preceding 4 years of silent complicity provided to Obama by the establishment press.

    During that time, perhaps dozens of studies, leaked documents, eye-witness accounts and other investigative publications have presented evidence that has contradicted Obama’s statements about his drone war policy and exposed its appalling death toll.

    How many more revelations like these will it take before the press begins to demand that the president address them specifically?

    Pat Cunningham: In your 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, have you ever seen anything like this? How do you explain the hands-off approach to Obama’s war activities that the press has gifted him with?

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