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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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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.

Jealousy is…

“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

“On set w/ my lesbian lover Meredith Vieira. Interview airs tonight on @current TV at 6pm ET/PT. Got a photo caption?” — Current TV and The View’s Joy Behar.

Guthrie Steps Up to Third Hour of ‘Today’ Show

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!

HuffPost LOVES Sensationalizing With All Caps

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

 

Salahis on “Today”: “Truth Will Soon Come Out”

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’s Terry Moran And President Obama To Spend Day Together

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…

TV Coverage Plans For Michael Jackson Memorial Service

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.

• HLN: Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor live coverage for HLN.

• 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.

100 Days and 100 Beautiful People

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As you’ve likely heard, People Magazine debuted its “World’s Most Beautiful People” issue today.

News media folks that made the cut this year are CBS’ Katie Couric, NBC’s Natalie Morales, NBC’s Meredith Vieira and ET’s Mary Hart.

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.

Morning Reading List 04.28.09

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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…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Cheney for President.” That’s the title of Ross Douthat‘s first column in NYT today. Douthat replaces Bill Kristol at the Times.

TV

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.

Mediaweek’s Anthony Crupi writes about Fox News Channel’s ambition to be the #1 cable channel on the dial.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and former colleague Tucker Carlson spar over the media’s bias over President Obama.

Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, mediabistro’s Laurel Touby and others were honored at the Matrix Awards, emceed by Meredith Vieira. Check out TVNewser for the scoop.

ONLINE

Arianna Huffington fields a question about sensationalized headlines at HuffPost. Check out her response here.

More on politicians and Twitter in NYT’s magazine.

MAGAZINES

From Playbook this am: Matt Cooper quips on yesterday’s surprise closing of Portfolio magazine, one of his several employers: “Now I don’t have to do a 100-days story.”

NEWS NOTES

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.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 10.15.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Thank you notes on paper are a sweet gesture.

  • FBN: The Schedule

  • Drudge reports that Imus is back.

  • WUSA Hires New Anchor to Join McGinty

  • Clark Hoyt and Deb Howell do some ombudding.

  • Group Plans to Provide Investigative Journalism

  • Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris is on tonight’s “Colbert Report.”

  • Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass.”

  • NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning on Sunday, October 7, 2007, in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.”

  • Brian Williams to host SNL.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 7, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fourth straight week. This marks the fifth time in six weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers.”

  • Christopher Hitchens vs. Alister McGrath.

  • NBC Dominates RTNDA Awards

  • Fox Puts Its Money on ‘Fun’ Business Channel

  • An NBC release announced, “Valerie Plame Wilson sits down with Meredith Vieira in her first-ever live television interview, on NBC News’ ‘Today,’ Monday, October 22.”

  • Marc Fisher isn’t a huge fan of XM Radio’s new POTUS channel.

  • Judy Miller reviews “Curveball.”

  • Gene Weingarten on how to save the newspaper industry.

  • Michael Murphy, Senior Manager, Media Relations at FNC is leaving the network.

  • The Pulitzer accuracy test.

  • Washington Post Buys CourseAdvisor Online Directory

  • A tipster tells us that Danielle Karson, a longtime WAMU (NPR) reporter and host, has left the station.

  • New York Times reports, “When Zachary McCune, a student at Brown, received an e-mail message from the university telling him he might have broken the law by downloading copyrighted songs, his eyes glazed over the warning and he quickly forgot about it. ‘I already knew what they’d say about file-sharing,’ he said. ‘It’s become a campus cliché.’”

  • From Freakonomics: “Here Are the Answers to Your Craigslist Questions”

  • TVNewser reports, “After 11 years in New Jersey, in a matter of days, MSNBC will make the move into a combined facility on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center.”

  • Reuters reports, “Viewers have yet to see a single show, but the power of Rupert Murdoch’s name has convinced some that his Fox Business Network has a shot at succeeding, even if it won’t dislodge U.S. business cable news leader CNBC just yet.”

  • New York Times reports, “ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web”

  • PR Week reports, “Unions in the media industry face the same challenges as their industrial brethren; they are derided by opponents as vestiges of an obsolete economic model that promote mediocrity and shackle companies from making forward-looking changes.”

  • E&P reports, “ABC Explains New Move to Count Web Traffic — and How It Is Measured”

  • A release announced, “The second annual Slate 60 Conference will honor innovative philanthropy on October 21-22, 2007 at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Slate 60 Conference will feature top philanthropists, including President Bill Clinton, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Eli Broad, actor Michael J. Fox, Carlos Slim Helu, who recently contributed $100 million to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, sharing their personal stories in giving and how philanthropic contributions are changing the world. Speakers will discuss innovation in various sectors of philanthropy such as education, health care, and the environment.”

  • Check out the latest edition of Mediabistro’s J-School Confidential. “In this edition of J-School confidential, our Columbia MA student attempts cope with the ever-growing pile of printouts beside her bed.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “When a challenger takes on the champion, boxing judges don’t award points for effort alone. The upstart almost always has to win by a knockout, pure and simple.”

  • A release announced, “The National Association of Hispanic Journalists urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leadership of the House of Representatives to pass a bill to create a federal shield law that would protect journalists from attempts to try to force them to reveal their confidential sources. A vote on this bill has unexpectedly been scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16.”

  • DCist reports, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great “was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award for nonfiction.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “A New Bobble Joins the Debate”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of Sept. 20 through Oct. 5 shows, “While the rest of the media were focused on private security contractors in Iraq last week, the cable and radio talk hosts spent their time continuing to argue over a controversial phrase by Rush Limbaugh. Plus, another remnant of the Anna Nicole Smith saga makes the top-10 list.”

  • Ralph Hanson writes, “So I was surprised to read that progressive political commentary magazine New Republic decided that an illustration they had commissioned to go with an article about cussing was too offensive to print. The illustration depicts a wide range of offensive terms for sex and excretory functions, along with their more proper acceptable terms. The main link above is to an article from SF Weekly about the article and illustration. And they print the controversial illustration. Be forewarned. The illustration has lots of words on it that you may or may not find offensive.”

  • And from SF Weekly, “New Republic won’t run Ward Schumacker’s illustration along with story about cussing”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “NBC Universal is dropping the curtain on ‘beautiful downtown Burbank.’ The media company, which made the town of tract houses the butt of endless jokes, but also brought it prominence as the base of ‘The Tonight Show,’ is decamping to nearby Universal Studios. The media company announced today that it will sell much of the 34 acres it owns in Burbank, including the legendary NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda Ave.”

  • Media Post reports, “Many Wall Street analysts are lowering earnings expectations for CBS Corp. as they anticipate the worst for the advertising-dependent, pure-play broadcaster being squeezed by shaky program ratings and a soft advertising market. But those warnings may not go far enough.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Everyone knows Nielsen as the company that measures how many people are glued to their TV sets watching news and sitcoms for what is called Fall Sweeps. The numbers can make or break a new show.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger and other media executives urged U.S. regulators to reject a push by Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. to free some television airwaves for mobile Internet access.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Polish those resumes, kids. ABC News is now offering PAID internships. ABC News hires 75-80 interns every semester. ABC says the interns will earn ‘an hourly wage consistent with media industry standards.’ Probably enough to rent a nice place in Tribeca for the semester.”

  • Inside Cable News points out, “More FNC Blogs.”

  • Mark Gimein writes for Time, “Crack for Journalists: The Economics of Blogging”

  • From “The Long Goodbye Dept.” over at Wonkette check out this and this.

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Half a century ago, sociologist David Riesman noted that in a mass media age, journalists tend to be cheerleaders for political candidates who have the charisma of entertainers. Reporters do this not because they believe the better entertainer will be the better president, but simply because entertaining candidates draw a bigger crowd for the media’s own product — the news.”

  • Business Week’s Media Centric writes, “Don’t Kill the Nightly News. Really”

  • The Daily Northwestern reports, “Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS’s ‘The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,’ discussed journalism, and the ‘revolution’ within it Wednesday afternoon in the half-full McCormick Auditorium in Norris University Center.”

  • Discovery to buy HowStuffWorks.com

  • Daily Candy looks at Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant, The Source.

    Jobs

  • Bright Young Things is looking for contributors.

  • The Hartford Courant is seeking a new Washington Reporter.

  • Reuters is looking for Journalism Interns in Washington DC for Summer 2008.

  • The Daily Progress is seeking a copy editor/page designer.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant and an Assistant Editor.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for Interns.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Money & Politics Reporter.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Communications/Administrative Assistant.

  • La Politica is looking for a Reporter.

  • Biblical Archaeology Society is looking for an Editor.

  • The Nation is looking for a Senior Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

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