ON THE TEEVEE…. We talked on Friday about a curious set of circumstances: Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) ethics controversy is generating considerable attention, while Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) criminal investigation is largely ignored, despite a series of recent developments. It’s curious, isn’t it?

I had a chance to chat with Chris Hayes about this on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Friday night. Here’s the segment:

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A few things to note. First, none of you will be able to make fun of the fake-book backdrop this time. So there.

Second, I don’t look quite this pale in real life, but between the lighting and the makeup, I’m afraid I looked like I was ready for an episode of “True Blood.” Reports of my vampirism have been greatly exaggerated.

Third, saying “IOKIYAR” out loud on the air turns out to be slightly more difficult than I anticipated.

And fourth, I mistakenly referred to Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) “recently” having been caught with prostitutes. That’s incorrect — what I meant to say was in “recent years,” but I misspoke.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.