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.
Mother Jones‘ Josh Harkinson as seen on the Sept. 17th edition of Viewpoint. Fabulous mountainous background. Any chance of having him not look like a dufus?
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who looks a lot like a Milk Dud from this angle, as seen on the Sept. 13th edition of Viewpoint.
Vanity Fair‘s Kurt Eichenwald as caught in a frumpy pose on the Sept. 11th edition of Viewpoint. There’s no way he doesn’t own an iron.
Granholm, who appears to be debating whether to sniff that marker, as seen on the Sept. 11th edition of her show The War Room.
Spitzer, standing in front of what looks like a child’s learn-to-write fun board, as seen on the Sept. 7th edition of his program Viewpoint.
Current TV Co-founder Al Gore, as seen during the network’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention (Sept. 6). In this shiny-cheeked clip, he said, “I really love Joe Biden and I think he does a terrific job.”
Gore, again, during Current TV’s DNC coverage (Sept. 5). Here, he spoke about former president Bill Clinton‘s speech writing process. “Well he uses speechwriters but he crafts it personally, himself,” he said.
More Gore, here talking about the disenfranchisement of voters during Current TV’s Aug. 30th coverage of the Republican National Convention. What is that, an imaginary cantaloupe in his hands?
NYT‘s Paul Krugman, seemingly dumbfounded, during Current TV’s RNC coverage on Aug. 29.
DecodeDC.com‘s founder Andrea Seabrook (known as “RadioBabe” on Twitter) on the Aug. 27th edition of The Young Turks.