MSNBC Fights 'Pro-Obama' Perception Again; Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod Swear They'll Play Straight

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Obama and chief strategist David Axelrod and communications director Robert Gibbs
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With the hiring of former White House officials Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, MSNBC finds itself once again battling the perception that it is a staunchly "pro-Obama" network. The announcements over the past weeks that Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, and Axelrod -- one of Obama's closest and most senior advisers -- would be joining NBC News as contributors drew raised eyebrows from many commentators. The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, a frequent MSNBC critic, said it was further proof that the network is in the tank.

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