Technical Problems Affect Tavis Smiley Forum
April 1, 2010
On March 20, C-SPAN covered a forum sponsored by Tavis Smiley featuring Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and others. Because the House was in session and C-SPAN2 was live with the House Rules Committee all day, the program was recorded for airing on Monday, March 29. The crew we hired to cover the event experienced a technical problem in the recording and transmission of the event causing a five-minute segment of Minister Farrakhan’s remarks to be missing. C-SPAN put up a notice during the March 29 airing that technical problems caused C-SPAN to miss a portion of Farrakhan’s speech. Since that time, we have located another copy of the entire program. Once we have that video in our possession, we will reair the entire three hour and forty minute event with the missing portion included. In the meantime, the program as aired can be viewed in the Video Library. Keep an eye on this blog for an announcement of the airing time.
How does C-SPAN deal with calls that are inaccurate or distasteful?
While the vast majority of calls are not of this nature, the live, town-hall format of our call-ins can occasionally give rise to calls that contain factual inaccuracies or distasteful language. Fact-checking for live viewer calls is impractical, something of the nature of the beast. Regarding distasteful language: When a caller makes ad hominem attacks or uses indecent language or obviously racist language, program hosts are certainly permitted to step in. Given that this involves quick judgment during a live television production, it’s an imperfect process. The network does not endorse any comments made by our callers, or, for that matter, our guests.
This question and answer is reprinted from C-SPAN Washington Journal Frequently Asked Questions to remind viewers of C-SPAN’s policy on offensive and racist calls which are occasionally heard on our call-in programs. See also C-SPAN co-president Susan Swain’s comments on the April 1 Washington Journal which is also available on YouTube.
March 17, 2010
The answers to who the people are in the newspaper ads can be found here.
Memorable Moments from the Video Library
March 16, 2010
The C-SPAN Video Library is officially launching this week with the inclusion of twenty-three years of video online. Read about the Video Library in this New York Times article published March 16. Learn more about the Video Library on Wednesday’s Washington Journal.
Search for yourself to find events of the last twenty-three years. Or, relive some of these memorable moments from the twenty-three year history in the C-SPAN Video Library.
1. Campaigns and Elections
1. Al Gore concession in 2000 election
2. Bill Clinton 1988 convention speech
3. Ted Kennedy 2008 convention speech
4. Hillary Clinton moving the nomination of Barack Obama
5. Bill Clinton 1987 press conference where he says he will not be a candidate in 1988
6. Barack Obama 2004 convention speech
7. George H.W. Bush introducing Dan Quayle as VP nominee in New Orleans
8. Bob Dole resigning as majority leader to run for president
1. Tariq Aziz on the last minute negotiations to avert the Gulf War January 9, 1991
2. Marlin Fitzwater announcing the start of the first Gulf War
3. George W. Bush announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein
4. Tom Foley closing remarks on Persian Gulf war debate
5. Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev summit in late 1987.
3. Scandals and Controversies
1. Hillary Clinton pink press conference on Whitewater Apr 22, 1994
2. Clarence Thomas testifying that he did not watch Anita Hill testifying.
3. Robert Livingston announcing he would resign from the House because of infidelity
4. Jim Wright announcing his resignation from the speakership and the House
5. Bill Clinton grand jury testimony
6. Bill Clinton “I did not have sex” remarks
7. Dale Bumpers’s closing remarks defending Clinton in impeachment trial
8. Henry Hyde closing remarks in Clinton impeachment trial
9. Barney Frank speech to House after reprimand July 26, 1990
10. Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown
11.Trent Lott remarks at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party
4. Transitions of Power
1. Richard Gephardt turning gavel over to Newt Gingrich saying “With resignation but with resolve, I hereby end 40 years of Democratic rule of this House,” Jan 6, 1995
2. Newt Gingrich acceptance of election as speaker
3. Nancy Pelosi acceptance of election as speaker
4. Newt Gingrich resignation as speaker
5. Memorable speeches
1. Robert Bork testifying on his behalf about his judicial beliefs
2. Medal of Freedom Award to Margaret Thatcher
3. Bill Clinton Memphis speech on race
4. Bill Clinton speech at Oklahoma memorial
5. Ronald Reagan farewell address as president
6. Robert Byrd speeches on growing up in the West Virginia coal fields
7. Barack Obama speech on race
6. Lighter Moments
1. Gary Bauer falling off the stage flipping pancakes
2. George H.W. Bush inviting Dana Carvey to the White House where he impersonates Bush 1992
3. Chris Farley impersonation of Newt Gingrich at Republican caucus
4. Bill Clinton telling Hillary Clinton to hurry up as they are late for the Inaugural ceremonies
5. Sony Bono on Congress
Congressional Chronicle Sports New Look
March 12, 2010
The Congressional Chronicle, the Video Library’s complete log of congressional proceedings, now has a new look. The same functionality is there. You can find every speaker on the House and Senate floor. You can now compare their words as printed in the Congressional Record with the words as transcribed in the closed captioning. The Congressional Chronicle is the only record of what actually happens on the House and Senate floor because it is based on the video records that C-SPAN creates, indexes, and archives. There is a timeline for every day. Each quorum call and roll call vote is timed. Every vote shows the outcome. There are summaries for every member.
The Congressional Chronicle is timely. Members are indexed and video can be watched about twenty minutes after the appear on the floor. The next day, when the Congressional Record appears, the Chronicle is finalized. Check it out. C-SPAN covers the Congress like no other.