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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Her internship application was impressive!” — NPR Morning Edition.

On Journalism.

“In this city, talking on the record is so rare, that when someone does it on something important, we make him the story, not what he says.” — AP investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo.

“If you’re a journalist and your first instinct in the Snowden case is to attack him, maybe you should consider a different line of work.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Huh? Someone get this woman a manicure. Pronto!

“I bit my nails down too far then painted them a heinous, white-out-esque color. I am scared to remove. Physical pain or sartorial pain?” — Marta, a Capitol Hill communications aide.

Attn: Publicists

“Note to PR folks: I just programmed my Outlook account to delete any message with the words ‘Interview Opp’ in the subject. kthanksbye.” — Mother JonesJosh Harkinson.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas and conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack. It transpired at about 4:15 a.m. this morning.

PAPPAS: “Do you ever sleep? You tweet at all hours!”

MACKOWIACK: “I’m sleeping now.”

Columnist gets “fishy” emails

“Dear @BarackObama — I’ve been getting some fishy emails about the NSA tracking my phone calls. That can’t possibly be true, right?” – Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:56 a.m.

Reporter runs out of gas

“To make my day even more interesting the rental car I got ran out of gas two blocks after I picked up the car.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter Salena Zito, who has also written for TPM.

BuzzFeed Editor tries love, peace and understanding

“:(. Our kids will be teenagers soon enough. There but for the grace of god?” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith to TPM‘s Josh Marshall and BuzzFeed’s John Stanton regarding the story on Sen. Jeff Flake‘s (R-Ariz.) son tweeting racial slurs against blacks and Jews.

And another.

“Glad my parents weren’t personally accountable for the crap I pulled growing up. Kids need freedom to make mistakes.” — Radley Balko, senior writer, HuffPost.

Journo TV habits

“Watching #ImHavingTheirBaby. I love @oxygen for showing tough, courageous decision to carry and put a baby up for adoption. Important.” — MSNBC’s “The Cycle” Co-host S.E. Cupp.

And Trump hates “Modern Family”

“Just tried watching Modern Family – written by a moron, really boring. Writer has the mind of a very dumb and backward child. Sorry Danny!” — America’s know-it-all Donald Trump.

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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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