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Former senior Obama adviser-turned-MSNBC-contributor David Axelrod appeared on Morning Joe on Wednesday, and said that the network’s coverage presents a “balanced picture” of the Chris Christie situation:

Let me make one point. You guys have said there has been some—Chuck (Todd) has said there’s been some cheerleading for Christie. I think if it nets out over the course of hours on MSNBC, it probably is at least a balanced picture. He’s gotten pummeled on some other programs.

MSNBC’s coverage is balanced? Who is he kidding?

Ever since the scandal first broke last month, MSNBC has devoted countless hours to covering the story, with Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow devoting significant chunks of their programs to it. Even now, despite the fact that there is little new to the story, Matthews still spends half his program talking about it. And to no one’s surprise, it’s a pretty one-sided affair.

MSNBC was never going to cover this story in a balanced fashion to begin with, and Axelrod knows it. Matthews, Maddow and the rest of MSNBC’s  liberal anchors saw this as an opportunity to take down Christie, who they felt is the biggest threat to a potential Hillary Clinton presidency.

The very idea that MSNBC would cover anything in a balanced way is laughable. But to hear Axelrod claim that they have in this case is ridiculous.

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