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At most networks, the media relations team is hypervigilant (read: bordering on psychotic) about the pictures used to rep the talent. Let’s just say we may have once used a picture of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer with makeup pads over his eyes that nearly made the entire building blow up. At Current TV, however, the worse you look, the more glorious life appears to be. It’s like a contagion to find the conceivably assiest photograph for the daily email blast. We can see their internal meetings now in which they pass around goofball pictures and shoot milk and diet coke through their noses as they laugh and laugh. Whichever photograph leaves tears streaming down their faces wins.
In all seriousness, to promote its prime time lineup, Current’s obviously hilarious media relations team blasts video clips. Accompanying each clip is a brief on what happens in the video and a screen shot. Incidentally, the shots seem to capture the most unflattering moments for guests and hosts appearing on the liberal cable channel. To be sure, we’ve reached out to them for comment on the selection process that goes into choosing the stills.
But for now, we’ve rounded up the 14 best of the worst pictures from over the course a month. Enjoy!
Bridget McCormack, as seen on the Sept. 20th edition of The War Room, hosted by Jennifer Granholm. McCormack is the sister of actress Mary McCormack (West Wing) and is running for the Michigan Supreme Court. One question: Is she perfecting her frog impression?
UPDATE: The fine people at Current’s media relations department have responded to us in an “official statement.” They write: “Consider this an open invitation to appear on The Young Turks. We’ll make sure to book Vogue’s retoucher for your appearance… We hear they work wonders. Best, the ‘hilarious’ Current media relations team.”
Bloomberg‘s Josh Barro (left) and The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball as seen on the Sept. 19th edition of Viewpoint, hosted by Eliot Spitzer, who has his eyes half closed. Maybe since he’s host they might have a alternative shot of him with his slits for eyes as wide open as they’ll go?
James Carter IV, President Jimmy Carter‘s grandson, as seen on the Sept. 18th edition of The Young Turks, hosted by Cenk Uygur. Carter is the researcher who helped uncover Mitt Romney‘s infamous “47 percent” video and here, he appears to be unsure that he’s on television, or on Earth for that matter.
Current TV’s newest star doesn’t swear much, but when he does, “shit” is at the top of his profanity repertoire. The word came flying out of his mouth this morning as he spilled Greek yogurt on his desk during a commercial break. Somehow he let me into his freezing Capitol Hill radio den for three and a half hours to observe.
“Oh shit, oh God,” he said.
Lucky for Bill Press, his new employer, Current TV, which is now simulcasting his morning radio show, has an eight-second delay if it ever happens while on air. This morning the network ran his radio program for the first time. The upshot: More exposure for his show with a budding network; brand new viewers who call in from around the nation from places like York, Pa. and Hollywood, Calif. The downside: “MSNBC hasn’t called in three weeks,” said Press, noting that the network that most frequently invited him on as a guest won’t likely call again anytime soon, nor will Fox News. Press doesn’t seem to mind. “The word [Current TV President] David Bohrman kept using was voyeuristic,” he tells me in an interview after the show, explaining the premise behind airing his radio show on TV. “I’m now the morning show on Current TV and happy as a clam.”
The cursing came during a commercial break as Press gulped down yogurt and sipped on coffee out of a plastic black and white Current TV thermos.
To be clear, the network ought to be more fearful of Press’s longtime producer Peter Ogburn, who also happens to be a FishbowlDC Contributor. He may glare me down while I write this, but anyone who knows Ogburn even a little knows that his language is riddled with profanity so intense that we’re not going to be able to repeat it here lest his small children read FishbowlDC this afternoon, which they have been prone to do with their milk and cookies. Needless to say, with him “shit” is the least of Current TV’s worries.
The Bill Press team, which consists of Ogburn and Dan Henning, starts obscenely early. They’re in well before 6 a.m. when everything kicks off. Airing Press’s radio program on TV doesn’t require many changes — the biggest is powder. Each of the men must don powder because, says the Current TV publicist on hand, who wants to see shiny heads?
Press was a little more orange-hued than he may have originally intended this morning. A viewer wrote on Twitter, “Just turned Current TV on — it’s a giant orange BP head. Looks like he just left the tanning booth.” WaPo national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, a guest in studio this morning, also noticed Press’s sun-kissed face and said he looked like Soul Man. The powder might explain things. The one he used was called “Sandy.” Ogburn begrudgingly “schmeared” the gunk on at about 5:40 a.m., saying, “I’m going to look like Divine when this is over.” He thought better of it. “I’m going to look like the world’s cheapest prostitute.”
Henning returns from powdering himself and strangely looks to Ogburn for approval. “Peter, does my makeup look alright? I don’t look like a cheap whore do I?” Ogburn replies, “Well, Dan….” his voice trails off in a non-response.
Ogburn doesn’t necessarily like having the cameras peer down on him during the show, but he’s learning to accept what it feels like to be a Kardashian. “That shit is always on me,” he says with a glance toward the corner camera. “It’s terrifying.”
In segment two, Press dons a dark Trayvon Martin-inspired hoodie (as pictured above), which apparently went over swimmingly in the Los Angeles control room… Read more
As we told you earlier, former Vice President and Current TV co-founder Al Gore was there for freed journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s arrival back in the United States just a little while ago. Yesterday when the announcement came that North Korea would in fact release the detained journos, Current TV posted one of its first comments about the ordeal.
“All of us at Current are overjoyed at Laura and Euna’s safe return,” Gore and co-founder Joel Hyatt said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to them — and to their families — for persevering through this horrible experience. We will have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, all our thoughts are with Laura and Euna and their families, who have shown remarkable courage and initiative for the 140 days of this ordeal.”
Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee just arrived safely back in the United States, in Burbank, CA. Their release from North Korea was negotiated by former President Bill Clinton yesterday. He accompanied the women home today and released this statement by email: “I am very happy that after this long ordeal, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now home and reunited with their loved ones.”
Ling and Lee are speaking now in the airport hanger and we hear we may hear from President Obama at the White House this morning. The President the journos’ families last night to “express his relief that they will be reunited shortly,” according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Current TV was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and he is also there for their arrival.
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Wired reports the U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.
Msnbc.com is being honored with the National Press Club’s Online Journalism Award for “The Elkhart Project.”
In honor of the President’s birthday yesterday, Mediaite conjures up what the “media elite” would wish Obama. One of our personal faves… “Happy 48th! I hope your birthday is surprising, enchanting, humbling and troubling.” -NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.
NYT reports today that both Clintons — the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — played a role in the trip and Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s release. The trip was a result of weeks of back-channel conversations, and the journalists’ boss, Al Gore, was among the people considered for the humanitarian mission.
WaPo additionally reports that North Korea’s official news agency had claimed Clinton had issued an apology on behalf of Lee and Ling. However, the Post emphasized that U.S. officials have denied that any apology was offered.
Health care is still dominating the headlines, according to the Pew Research Center.
A few more details about tonight’s dinner…
• The MSNBC after-party is being thrown by the former social secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Philip Dufour of Dufour & Co. Playbook hears the party will have a hip, modern vibe and a Starbucks coffee bar. If you last til 1am, mini breakfast items will be served.
• Away from the Starbucks bar, Politico‘s Playbook says MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will be mixing cocktails called “The Hearst,” 2 oz. Beefeater gin, 1 oz. Cinzano brand sweet vermouth, 1 dash each Angostura and Angostura orange bitters.
• Kentavius Jones will provide the entertainment at CBS’ pre-party. When we ran into him at sound-check earlier, he said his only goal is to get the party rockin’ enough that President Obama swings by. Get a preview here.
• We told you yesterday C-SPAN would be carrying tonight’s festivities live. Today we’ve learned Fox News, CNN and MSNBC will also all take the President’s remarks at around 8:40pm.
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