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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.
Quotes of the Day — the Hollywood edition
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“Don’t wanna brag but I just got an email from Jessica Alba.” — TPM‘s Sara Libby.
“So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan on actor Kelsey Grammer bailing on the show last night. Various followers didn’t comprehend what “legged it” means.
Obama campaign aides: They manage their own luggage
“Just spotted wheeling his own suitcase down I Street in DC a couple blocks from the White House – Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod.” — Reuter’s Patricia Zengerle.
“Someone’s eating fried chicken on my train and I hate them and their deliciousness.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
Words to live by…
“It’s really amazing to me the number of people in this town who think not responding to a reporter is somehow a viable option.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.
Rob Lowe jonesing for former CNN “Aaron”
“Erin Brown carrying some heavy water for President Obama right now on #CNN.” — Actor Rob Lowe while watching Erin Burnett. Some 15 minutes later a follower questioned him, asking, “Erin Burnett?” Lowe fessed up to his error and replied, “Yes. My bad. Missing Aaron Brown I guess.”
Journo Hate Mail
Follower to ex-Mitt Romney aide and Convention Esquire blogger Richard Grenell: “Don’t u have a GOPROUD cocktail party to go to idiot. Romney fired u for being gay, you’re hideous.” Grenell replied, “Liberal tolerance on line 1.”
Current TV’s Behar plays fast and loose with lesbian joke
As first reported by NYT, NBC’s White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie will become a new co-host for the third hour of the “Today” show. NBC announced the news late this morning. With Natalie Morales moving into Ann Curry‘s slot and curry moving into the space being left by a departing Meredith Vieira, there was room for Guthrie to jump in.
Guthrie gushed on Twitter this morning, “Thank you for all the well wishes on Twitter! And congrats to @AnnCurry @NMoralesNBC + biggest of hugs to @meredithvieira.”
For now, we hear Guthrie’s Daily Rundown co-host Chuck Todd will likely do the show solo.
Congrats to Guthrie!
WE CAN HARDLY CONTAIN OURSELVES AT THE CHANCE TO CHANNEL HUFFPOST‘s “EAT THE PRESS” EDITOR JASON LINKINS TODAY AS WE SHOW YOU WHAT HUFFPOST MEDIA DOES TO SENSATIONALIZE ITS STORIES AND SLAM NEWS TO THEIR READERS.
Under the Twitter handle @HuffPostMedia, here’s how they sensationalize with all caps:
Today.: Lawrence O’Donnell goes BALLISTIC in wild interview with birther queen Orly Taitz
April 26: Keith Olbermann makes HUGE announcement about new show
April 14: Mika Brzezinski LOSES it, laughs hysterically over spoof
April 13: Anderson Cooper TRASHES Snooki
March 30: CNN anchor TEARS into Donald Trump: ‘ridiculous,’ ‘a joke’
And slamming? They’ve got that nailed too.
April 14: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto slammed as ‘ignorant’ by Dem Rep. in fiery clash
April 8: Bill Cosby slams Donald Trump, stuns Meredith Vieira into silence
April 5: Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller slams James O’Keefe
Amidst reports this morning that this wasn’t their first party crash and the Pentagon refuting their claims that their invitation came from DOD, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the now infamous White House party crashers, are appearing exclusively on the “Today Show” from the Washington bureau of NBC News.
While Matt Lauer assures viewers he’ll talk extensively with the Salahis in the next half hour, in a few questions at the top, Tareq did say they did not party crash and that “the truth will soon come out.”
Tareq said they couple is cooperating with the Secret Service and that they have “great respect” for them and President Obama. He called this the “most devastating” thing to ever happen to them.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also appeared at the top of the show. Meredith Vieira‘s interview focused on the President’s speech on Afghanistan this evening, but she also asked about the State Dinner crashers. “You don’t show up at the White House as a misunderstanding,” Gibbs said.
ABC announced last night that Nightline‘s Terry Moran will spend a day in the life of President Obama next week. Moran will join him on the road for a town hall meeting Thursday in Shaker Heights, Ohio and then for an interview on his health care plans.
Nightline will air “Day in the Life of President Obama” that evening, July 23rd. Excerpts will also air on World News and all ABC platforms.
President Obama has been on a real media blitz lately for health care– he sat down with NBC’s Today anchor Meredith Vieira Monday, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric yesterday, he made a statement in the Rose Garden this week, tonight’s prime time press conference…
Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is tomorrow at the Staples Center in LA. Here’s how the nets and cable will cover the service, via TVNewser:
• ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage “Remembering Michael Jackson” at 1pmET, joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. Some updates: Diane Sawyer, in NY, and Barbara Walters, at the Staples Center, will co-anchor a special edition of “20/20″ at 9pmET. Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas will also co-anchor “Primetime: Family Secrets,” a report on Michael Jackson’s children at 10pmET. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor “Nightline” from the Staples Center.
• CBS: Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the “Early Show” from the Staples Center tomorrow. Katie Couric will anchor special coverage of the memorial at 1pmET and the CBS “Evening News” from the Staples Center. Couric will also do “48 Hours” at 10pmET.
• NBC/MSNBC: NBC will televise the memorial service at 1pmET, anchored by Brian Williams. Chris Jansing will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage. Meredith Vieira will broadcast live tomorrow at the Staples Center for “Today” and Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from LA Tuesday.
• CNN: Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien will host coverage live from LA, with Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchoring live from New York, starting at NoonET on CNN and simulcast on CNN International.
• Fox: Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage of the memorial service on Fox News starting at 1pmET. Megyn Kelly will anchor live coverage of the memorial on FOX broadcast also beginning at 1pmET. Greta Van Susteren will also be in LA on Tuesday, and will host her show from there Tuesday night.
As you’ve likely heard, People Magazine debuted its “World’s Most Beautiful People” issue today.
Though Washington wasn’t represented by any media folk(Fingers crossed: Dornic-Delargy 2010), the White House snagged quite a few spots for the city.
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, White House Speechwriter Jon Favreau, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, White House Chef Sam Kass, Personal Aide Reggie Love and First Lady Michelle Obama are all representing our fair city on this year’s list…
Visit www.people.com/mostbeautiful for more.
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It is day 99 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…
As reported by TVNewser, CNN has finished the month of April in fourth place among the four cable news networks in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo in prime time. According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN finished the month with an average of 265,000 A25-54 viewers (Mon-Fri, 8pm-11pmET). Sister network HLN moved into third place with 274,000 A25-54 viewers on the continued success of Nancy Grace. Fox News was far out front averaging 662,000 demo viewers, more than CNN and MSNBC combined. MSNBC placed second averaging 298,000 A25-54 viewers.
More on politicians and Twitter in NYT’s magazine.
Is the media overhyping swine flu? From WaPo: “Of course we’re doing too much to scare people,” said Mark Feldstein, a former correspondent for NBC, ABC, and CNN who teaches journalism at George Washington University. “Cable news has 24 hours to fill, and there isn’t 24 hours of exciting news going on. If you scare people, they’ll tune in more.”
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