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The Current Faces of Michael Hastings

Anyone on the receiving end of the emails sent out by Current TV’s media relations department knows how awkward they can be. It’s as if the publicists sit around, waiting for Current show guests to blink and open their mouths as to capture the perfect screen still.

BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings, a regular on Current programs, is a perfect case study. If you were to only know Hastings from the pictures sent out of him by Current, you’d think he has a perpetual bug up his ass (he doesn’t, though he’s no daisy).

Let’s take a look at the many limited expressions of Hastings, as distributed by Current.

From a Sept. 25 appearance on “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” the spit-ready Hastings:

From a Sept. 26 appearance on “The Young Turks,” the condescending Hastings:

From a Nov. 19 appearance on TYT, the NUH UH! Hastings:

From a Nov. 27 appearance on TYT, the Hastings scowl… Read more

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Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful. 

1. You have to have dinner with Salon‘s Joan Walsh or The Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown. Who do you pick and why and where do you go?

Crap, do I have to? Joan Walsh is unbelievably awful, arrogant as the day is long and I’d imagine she’d constantly be telling the staff not only to rise up and take the place over from “The Man,” but would simultaneously complain about the service to the point they’d spit in the food. Tina Brown would spend her time quoting other people in the hope it would make everyone think she was just as smart while simultaneously complaining about the service and getting our food spat upon. And given their business track records and political philosophy, I’m getting stuck with the check either way, so which one doesn’t really matter. Frankly, I’d rather starve to death.

2. Will you watch Al Jazeera any more than you did Current TV?

You can’t multiply by zero. There are only three reasons I ever watched Current: 1) to make fun of The Young Turks, or Turds, or whatever the hell they’re called; 2) to see if Eliot Spitzer accidentally made a hooker reference without realizing the irony; and 3) because the batteries in my remote died at the exact moment I was passing that channel and I had to change them (which, as it turns out, was how they got most of their viewers outside of homes with at least one resident who wears a tinfoil hat). So no, I won’t watch Al Jazeera any more than I watched Current. I prefer my anti-Americanism to have higher production values so I’m sticking with MSNBC.

See the third question regarding email surveillance inside newsrooms… Read more

Politico‘s Catanese Loves Hand Gestures

Lydia Callis won the hearts of America with her infectiously evocative sign language skills put on display in Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s Hurricane Sandy pressers. Since Monday, she’s been covered by NYT, NPR, and Daily Mail among other publications.

But she has some competition in Politico‘s David Catanese.

Last night on Current TV’s Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Catanese was on as a guest to talk about the politics of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praising President Obama‘s leadership Tuesday. While talking, Catanese moved his hands around like a mime with Turrets syndrome.

He waved to the left. He placed invisible objects to the right. He pushed up on his chest as if to check for lumps. It’s a sight to be seen…

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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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John Edwards & Current TV? The Joke is Already Stale

Current TV was a bastion of ridicule yesterday as former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) was acquitted on charges of campaign finance abuse. What’s his next step, a seat alongside fellow cheating liberal louse Eliot Spitzer? Better yet, how about a talk show trio of Spitzer, Edwards and ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Hotdogville)?

Journalists in the Beltway and beyond couldn’t resist suggesting that Current TV give Edwards a spin.

Edwards Current TV Joke #1

“Someone get John Edwards a Current TV show stat.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Edwards Current TV Joke #2

“Does John Edwards have a show on Current TV yet?” — Stefan Becket, who covers national politics for Correctnicity.com in York, Pa.

Edwards Current TV Joke #3

“Been off all week. What’s this I hear about John Edwards getting a show on Current?” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

We reached out to Current TV to ask if the network would ever consider hiring Edwards. “Not happening!” said a spokesperson.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Do I exfoliate? I’ll punch you for asking me that.” — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist on becoming “mansome” in a morning documentary on male grooming. Geist said his Germanic roots prevent him from getting unwanted back hair or the dreaded unibrow.


Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s convo is between The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox and writer Lisa De Pasquale, who lives in Alexandria, Va. and writes The Lotus Blog.

Ana Marie Cox: “Today is the day I bought a pair of white skinny jeans.”

Lisa De Pasquale: “Ana Marie Cox, Congrats. I adore white pants and don’t care if they make me look like I’m on my way to mahjong.”

“BREAKING: Obama appears to be growing a mustache.” — Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody.

Comforting Thoughts

“My Thursday column topic: dealing w the TSA. Or how I took a pocket knife through 3 airports by accident, until I notified chagrined TSA.” — Dick Hughes, Editorial Page Editor for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.

Current TV’s star, Eliot Spitzer, loses his Twitter virginity with this: “This is Eliot Spitzer – Viewpoint host- Frmr Ag and Gov — hope you will follow national and world events with me over election season ahead.” Sadly, as of 11:02 p.m. he had three tweets, has 120 followers and is follow no one. His handle is @EliotSpitzer.

Loesch morphs into Rachel Ray

“Nothing says ‘sorry’ like a good dog casserole. Just an FYI to Booker.” — Breitbart.com Editor Dana Loesch in reference to Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

President Obama’s Chicago-centric interview

“Media doesn’t get many opportunities to question President. Thankfully we got a question in on how much Obama loves Chicago.” — Heritage Foundation Communications Director Rory Cooper.

President Obama’s Chicago-centric interview

“Media doesn’t get many opportunities to question President. Thankfully we got a question in on how much Obama loves Chicago.” — Heritage Foundation Communications Director Rory Cooper.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Separated at Birth: Current TV’s Eliot Spitzer

This morning we see amazing similarities between Current TV’s latest star and ex-hooker aficionado Eliot Spitzer and Politico‘s Ken Vogel. Sorry, Vogel, but it’s true! He doesn’t have your ears, morals or party chatter, but otherwise you could probably play him in a movie.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Ouch!

HBO comedian Bill Maher performing last night at Rockville, Md.’s Strathmore auditorium: “To me, John Boehner feels female. He wears a lot of bronzer and cries a lot. I need to see his d!@k. The short form.” (Maher in a riff on Republicans saying President Obama feels foreign.) More on the show later…

George preps for Katie

“Hey @katiecouric, George is getting ready for you! He’s doing push-ups, wearing an algae face mask and getting a pedicure! #GMA” — Ali Wentworth, author of the new memoir Ali in Wonderland, comedian and wife of ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos.

WTF: Reporter did what?

“Fed a dachshund some bear meat. Enjoy little dog. That would never happen in the wild.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau. In June of 2011, Tau’s affinity for dogs was questioned when he cracked on Washingtonian for their “hard hitting” story on Beagles. But Tau’s innocence was proven. See here.

Procession of TV losers

“Current TV replaces Keith Olbermann with Eliot Spitzer. Who’s next, John Edwards?” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

The Media Observer

“Between Grassley vs. History Channel and Chambliss vs. C-SPAN, Republicans have chosen some odd parts of the media to be mad at.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

April Fools’ Tentativeness

“When deciding to go with the fake news story for April Fool’s Day, never forget the audience’s capacity not to grasp comedy.” — Mark Joyella, Digital Producer for CNN’s Erin Burnett‘s Out Front.

“Always trying to remember: completely ridiculous things I hear on 4/1 prolly aren’t true #winning.” – TPM founder and Editor Josh Marshall, who prolly should use the word “probably” if he doesn’t want to sound like he’s from Hee Haw.

“The funniest part about April Fools’ Day to me every year? The constant misspelling of the actual title.” — WaPo ExpressClinton Yates.

Sightings: On Friday night, Townhall.com’s Kevin Glass was spotted enjoying a beer with a  friend at Millie & Al’s bar on 18th Street. On Saturday night Politico‘s Jedd Rosche was spotted at a college-themed party near U Street.

WaPo Gene Weingarten’s ingenious idea

“Twitter should offer a 20-second ‘undo’ option. A cooling-off period for drunks and hotheads.” — WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten, who can be quite the bitch on Twitter and over email.

Is bacon really good with everything?

“I was kinda expecting the @FreeBeacon to change its name to the Free Bacon and write stories about bacon and how CAP uses ‘Bacon-first’” — Matt DeLuca, Communications Strategist for New Media Strategies.

Journo consumes heart attack-worthy cuisine

“Just perpetrated a High-larious April Fools on my heart: wolfed down a bubbling crock of jalapeno-laced cheeseburger dip #coronaryhereIcome” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Journo Love

Jake Tapper with striped suit, haircut and oh, yeah, real talent does a great job anchoring the ABC World News” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Spotted: Eliot Spitzer in Eastern Market Café

Spotted this morning: Ex-CNN host Eliot Spitzer saying hello to Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick at Peregrine Espresso on Capitol Hill. They were both guests on Bill Press‘s “Full Court Press” radio show that airs on Current TV and met up after their hit.

Spitzer and Lithwick passed each other as she was on her way and he was on his way into the show. Lithwick emaled the show to have Spitzer meet her at the café after his hit. He did so, but had to leave early for a breakfast meeting.

 

Chris Hayes: I have a Staff Goddammit!

MSNBC “Up With Chris Hayes” Host Chris Hayes doesn’t spare a chance to A) remind people he has a staff and B) praise them. Over the weekend, he shouted from the rooftops, “I say this a lot but the @upwithchris staff is so so good and works very very hard.”

Before praising his staff, Hayes, while at The Nation, spent a good deal of time reminding people he is a writer. We showcased that in our “I’m a writer Goddammit!” series.

Hayes works hard to make sure that everyone knows that he has people working beneath him, … a fairly bold move considering that he’s the new kid on the block whose show, as these things go on cable television, could get cancelled any week now (he might want to check in with former MSNBCer David Shuster and CNN alum Eliot Spitzer).

If you don’t really believe Hayes has a staff…well, does anyone really believe he doesn’t have a staff at this point?

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