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By Doug Powers  •  March 21, 2012 10:01 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

On Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News and host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, had as a guest Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior in the Obama administration. At the end of the interview, Mitchell made a comment that could lead viewers to believe that at some point MSNBC leaned forward to sign on Salazar as a bias-free point man for rooting out untruths:

Salazar: “The price of oil was set on the global economy. People who have looked at this closely and hard know that is the case. So what the President is doing is being truthful to the people. The political opponents are not. But the President’s point of view is we need to keep on a sustained program that we have been pursuing with an all of the above energy strategy to make sure we get to energy independence and energy security for the United States. And that way the American people won’t have to go through the kind of pain they’re experiencing right now or that they’ve experienced a number of times in the last 20, 30 years,” Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said on MSNBC today.

Mitchell: “I appreciate that you are correctly fact checking the Republican claims,” MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said to Salazar after he accused political opponents of not being truthful.

Why is a network news correspondent referring to Ken Salazar as a trusted fact checker? Because David Axelrod was too busy to come on that night.

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According to our MSNBC “laughable bias rating system,” that clip earns three big slices of blueberry pie:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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