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Rep. Cynthia McKinney's Lessons In Media Appearances, Chapter 2

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Hopefully, Rep. Cynthia McKinney won't be uttering the phrase "Much ado about a hairdo" (coined following a series of media appearances after a recent run-in with the Capitol Police) anytime soon. And after an appearance on local television in Georgia, let's hope some other choice words aren't repeated on television. Or she'll make sure her microphone is off before berating staff members. Reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The flap-plagued congresswoman, who has been in the media spotlight since she scuffled with a Capitol Hill police officer last month, was caught bad-mouthing a senior staffer Saturday.

Unfortunately for McKinney, a DeKalb County Democrat who is running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District, a TV microphone she was wearing picked up her indelicate grumbling.

"Crap!" an irritated McKinney is heard saying after ending an interview with CBS 46 in which reporter Renee Starzyk repeatedly asked about the fallout from the police dust-up. "You know what? They lied to Coz and Coz is a fool."

McKinney, apparently realizing her blunder, then returned to face the camera and tell the reporter that comments about her communications director, Coz Carson, were off the record.

No dice on that request. Writes AJC, "…the TV stationed aired the footage Saturday and the story later was picked up by CNN."

Update: You can watch the footage