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Photo: ulises ruiz/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Having been kicked out of power in 2000, the PRI won back the presidency six years ago with Enrique Peña Nieto, a telegenic candidate.
But there’s a problem with the telegenic white people in the Kavanaugh picture: one of them is President George W. Bush.
Their telegenic union may be a lesson in overcoming the orthodoxies that divide us.
The telegenic, fashion-forward lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford), in her contract dispute with the president of the United States, has nevertheless turned quite a few heads over the past two months.
In the space of a month, Jackson has gone from the accomplished, telegenic and widely admired White House doctor for three presidents to a disgraced nominee dogged by allegations of misconduct.
Even the telegenic Pope Francis, who has skillfully used news conferences and interviews to broadcast his agenda, has discovered the price of engagement with the media.
This telegenic, tattooed talent is turning out some of the most exciting, balanced and delicious flavors South Beach has ever seen.
Others see her as a more insidious figure — a telegenic personality with close ties to conservative figures who can offer Facebook’s outreach the veneer of journalistic credibility.
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The History of telegenic
Telegenic, which began to appear in print in the 1930s, is essentially a compound formed out of "television" and "photogenic." "Photogenic" is also the word that caused the addition of a new sense to "-genic," namely "suitable for production or reproduction by a given medium" (as in the occasionally seen "videogenic": "The '80s were a time that created a lot of videogenic bands who weren't necessarily compelling live artists...." - Ron Shapiro, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, September 25, 1998). "Telegenic" may seem like a word that would primarily refer to people, but there is evidence for telegenic events (such as popular sports), objects, and responses. Occasionally, one even sees reference to a telegenic attitude or other intangible.
TELEGENIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of telegenic for English Language Learners
: tending to look good or seem likable on television
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