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Top 14 Terrible Stills Courtesy of Current TV

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.”

 

NBC’s Meredith Vieira, as seen on the Sept. 19th edition of Say Anything with Joy Behar. Meredith’s face does not do this in real life.

 

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.

 

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NPR Loses Andrea Seabrook

Andrea Seabrook is leaving NPR to further her career as an independent journalist. The announcement came from Senior Washington Editor of NPR, Ron Elving. Seabrook has been their Congressional Correspondent since 2003.

Part of her plans include producing her own blog and podcast called “DecodeDC” and freelancing for other news outlets.

Her last day with NPR will be July 27.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Question to Ponder: “How many dumb people are going to think that President Obama is actually gay now?” — HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“And then @RadioBabe called me an asswipe. #nprlife” — NPR Elections Producer Arnie Seipel. Before that, he said, “Being serenaded on a Friday afternoon by @RadioBabe singing Patsy Cline’s Crazy.” Radio Babe is NPR Correspondent Andrea Seabrook.

Writer wonders about ‘prissy’ Cranbrook

“Why do prep schools have such so often have such prissy names? ‘Cranbrook?’” — Tucson Sentinel Technorati writer Jimmy Zuma, referring to the Michigan prep school Mitt Romney attended and site of the haircut incident.

A Boybander’s Emotional Admission

“Running is the only healthy thing I genuinely love to do but more and more my body’s telling me I shouldn’t. Having a hard time dealing.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Why do I get the impression that news magazines would put *anything* on their covers to sell 5 extra copies?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Just spotted in Santa Monica: car with Hawaii plate ALOHA. Car with most desired Hawaii license plate belongs in Hawaii.” — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell with this stellar announcement you won’t likely see anywhere else in the next decade.

Journo sees connection to Prez’s fundraiser

“Obama fundraiser in NYC Monday — special guest Ricky Martin — is sold out, organizer says. Gee. Wonder why?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

RTCA Votes Are In: McMichael Wins, Russert Loses

CNN’s Jay McMichael was the top vote getter in the Radio & Television Correspondence Association board elections today.

NBC’s Luke Russert, who ran a high stakes “Vote for Vigor” campaign, complete with fancy cupcakes, ultimately lost with 52 votes.

Other top vote getters included NPR’s Andrea Seabrook (153 votes) and Pacifica Radio’s Leigh Ann Caldwell (95 votes).

Total number of ballots cast: 301.

RTCA Annual Elections Next Week

The Radio & Television Correspondents Association’s annual general election will take place next Wednesday and Thursday.

There are three open positions on the executive committee and seven candidates– Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas, Pacifica Radio (Free Speech Radio News)’s Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN’s Jay McMichael, Capitol News Connection’s Manuel Quinones, NBC’s Luke Russert, NPR’s Andrea Seabrook and The Hill‘s Erica Wisniewski.

The top three vote-getters will be elected to a two-year term and the person with the highest number of votes chairs the 2011 committee.

Active members can vote in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery from 9am to 5pm on December 9th and 10th.

Check out the cands’ statements after the jump…

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Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

CNN
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

NPR
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to talk@npr.org

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.

NPR Changes

From NPR:

  • Guy Raz will be the new Defense Correspondent. He joins Tom Bowman covering the Pentagon and the military. Guy is a great story teller and a very resourceful reporter. He’s really made his mark on the beat since stepping in in December. Guy brings tremendous international experience to the position, having reported for NPR and CNN from more than 40 countries. He’s been embedded with the military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

  • Jason Beaubien will be the new Midwest Correspondent, based in Kansas City. Jason joins us from the Foreign Desk after a distinguished reporting stint in Africa. He’s a great writer and will bring a new reporting perspective to the Midwest. Jason started his reporting career at KQED, before moving to WBUR. He is currently on a fellowship at the University of Michigan, and will take up his new job in early summer.

  • Andrea Seabrook has been promoted to Congressional Correspondent. Andrea has blossomed as a reporter since moving to the Hill in 2003.