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C-SPAN, a highly underrated resource

By communistpoet in Media
Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 02:01:53 AM EST
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C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, was created by the cable television industry in 1979 to bring the affairs of congress to the public by televising the US House and Senate floor debates and selected committees.

In the last couple of years, C-SPAN has put together an impressive collection of programming and offerings including Internet broadcasts and full, live coverage of all unclassified U.S. Senate committee hearings.


C-SPAN has three television networks, the original C-SPAN which broadcasts the US House of Representatives, C-SPAN2 which broadcasts the US Senate and C-SPAN3 which broadcasts selected House or Senate committee hearings and other conferences and so on. They also have C-SPAN Radio which broadcasts in Washington DC and is simulcast on the web. They have a 100-channel satellite radio broadcast. All of these television and radio stations are simulcast on the web using RealAudio. The have created several very impressive websites dealing with politics and American history, books and public affairs. Among them are

Another valuable resource is C-SPAN's international page which has links to every available Parliament Broadcast if available, around the world.

If you are interested in politics, C-SPAN will entertain you for hours. Today you can watch what the House is doing about the Schiavo case

If you want to know what is going on in US Government or international affairs without the media spin, check it out.

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C-SPAN, a highly underrated resource | 40 comments (32 topical, 8 editorial, 0 hidden)
Next up on K5 MLP (2.10 / 10) (#1)
by toulouse on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 02:11:33 PM EST

The BBC: Comprehensive, commercially-independent news, from those cutie-pie li'l limeys!


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I prefer X-SPAN (2.64 / 17) (#2)
by kitten on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 03:36:08 PM EST

Bone-crunching legislative action! Extreme Congressional coverage! You'll pay for the whole seat but you'll only need the edge!
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When did they do that? (3.00 / 3) (#4)
by khallow on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 07:58:21 PM EST

I thought Taiwan's parliment was considered too violent for American TV.

Stating the obvious since 1969.
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empty-v (none / 0) (#27)
by mcgrew on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 06:06:21 PM EST

"Celebrity Deathmatch"

"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie
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i thought it was robot chicken? (none / 0) (#35)
by zrail on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 01:54:17 PM EST

maybe they both did it. they are pretty similar animation styles.

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actually (none / 1) (#37)
by C Montgomery Burns on Thu Mar 31, 2005 at 05:30:38 PM EST

it looks like you prefer ripping off 4-year-old stories from The Onion.
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Wow (1.05 / 17) (#6)
by kitten on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 08:27:06 PM EST

So it's been around for about 26 years, everybody and their mother has known about it for even longer, and somehow this merits a story.

Hey, I also heard about this "google" thing that lets you look up stuff on this newfangled "web" which is part of some "internet" deal. Why don't you do a story about that?
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any other suggestions? (1.80 / 5) (#9)
by communistpoet on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 10:00:02 PM EST



We must become better men to make a better world.
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Write when you have an idea? (none / 1) (#13)
by Paulsweblog on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 02:57:08 AM EST

Instead of making half-assed ideas when you want to write?

+1 FP for mentioning C-SPAN.

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Yeah, I've got a few choice ones for you. (1.00 / 3) (#14)
by kitten on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 03:59:44 AM EST


mirrorshades radio - darkwave, synthpop, industrial, futurepop.
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no (none / 0) (#20)
by thekubrix on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 11:42:31 AM EST

apparently you don't, you'd rather be lil fucktard and not give constructive criticism....

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Uh huh (1.00 / 7) (#23)
by kitten on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 02:19:32 PM EST

There's no "constructive criticism" to be offered here. It's a half-assed "article" about a topic that is not only mind-numbingly banal, but that everyone knows about already.

What's next? Perhaps he'll tell us about this "CNN" channel? The BBC? Maybe some good information on PBS?

Scratch that -- cause this isn't even good information. "CSPAN exists" is about all it says.
mirrorshades radio - darkwave, synthpop, industrial, futurepop.
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Who cares (1.00 / 3) (#32)
by Harvey Anderson on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 07:56:03 AM EST

what goths think?

When did that start happening?  I must have missed a memo.

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I think it's pretty important (3.00 / 2) (#8)
by Matt Oneiros on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 09:16:06 PM EST

What with all the news networks, accusations of bias and insipid talk programs CSPAN is an important resources. Despite the derision, people aren't watching CSPAN despite the fact that it's one of the easiest ways to find out what politicians are doing.

Do they not know about CSPAN? Maybe.
Do people only care about government as far as a pundit will create opinions for them? Probably.
Is CSPAN worth MLP? For sure.

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oh yeah, sure, its *informative* (2.60 / 5) (#12)
by mtrisk on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 01:58:42 AM EST

I was on C-SPAN2 last week, but even with that network being my first TV appearance, I have to say, it can be rather boring sometimes. But yes, it's very informative. If you randomly read wikipedia articles for the hell of it like me, you'll be able to tolerate CSPAN. +1

Heh (none / 0) (#15)
by Kasreyn on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 04:48:51 AM EST

If you randomly read wikipedia articles for the hell of it like me, you'll be able to tolerate CSPAN.

Gah! So there IS something besides the Simpsons worth watching. Gee, thanks for doubling the pressure I'm under to buy TV service. Jerk. ;)


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Relax (none / 1) (#26)
by mcgrew on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 06:04:31 PM EST

It's probably on the internet somewhere. And if it isn't, well, how important could it be?

"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie
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you can watch it live, but... (none / 0) (#39)
by saturnight on Fri Apr 01, 2005 at 08:14:39 AM EST

you'll have to tolerate that spyware-infested piece of shit called Realplayer, that loves to take over your computer and refuses to give it back. No, thanks.

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Kids these days! (2.80 / 5) (#19)
by MichaelCrawford on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 10:23:07 AM EST

When I was a kid, nerds like me had to read random encyclopedia articles out of dead-tree books. You know, in twenty-six volumes, one for each letter of the alphabeta.


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What C-SPAN Stands For: (2.25 / 4) (#18)
by MichaelCrawford on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 10:21:44 AM EST

It's an acronym for the Congressional SPorts Action Network.


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Live your fucking life. Sue someone on the Internet. Write a fucking music player. Like the great man Michael David Crawford has shown us all: Hard work, a strong will to stalk, and a few fries short of a happy meal goes a long way. -- bride of spidy


+1 fp, a competent right up on an important topic. (1.33 / 3) (#24)
by the ghost of rmg on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 03:34:41 PM EST

if rmg and pwhysall vote for it, it must good.


rmg: comments better than yours.
You never fail to disappoint. (1.50 / 2) (#25)
by mcgrew on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 06:02:15 PM EST

Or something, that didn't come out exactly right. I guess I should have a beer, eh?

"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie
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i guess (none / 0) (#34)
by the ghost of rmg on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 08:33:14 AM EST

you should shut your bitch ass mouth.


rmg: comments better than yours.
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OK, you wrote the first comment... (none / 1) (#28)
by mcgrew on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 06:07:48 PM EST

Where's the story?

"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie

Oops, that was supposed to be an editorial comment (none / 0) (#29)
by mcgrew on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 07:40:18 PM EST


"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie
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Trivia! (none / 1) (#30)
by manu on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 03:35:09 AM EST

A Google "I'm Feeling Lucky" for the alphabet c yields, guess what...?

Where's the backend? (none / 1) (#31)
by AllanH on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 03:40:05 AM EST

You'd think they'd have a feed of some sort by now ... did I miss it?

They could do alll sorts of cool, legimate stuff with bittorent and RSS that would be a pretty good method of 'tracking' democracy :)

Must-see Tee-vee (3.00 / 2) (#33)
by jabber on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 10:34:44 AM EST

And don't forget the British Parliament. Now THAT is captivating Reality TV.

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Having actually seen some clips (none / 0) (#40)
by Dogun on Sat Apr 02, 2005 at 11:45:25 AM EST

I have to agree. Those Brittish folk are damned funny. I wish the sort of antics that happened in Parliment happened in the US Congress. CSPAN ratings would climb quite a bit, I think,

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Question time with the PM is amazing! (none / 0) (#41)
by DoorFrame on Sat Apr 02, 2005 at 03:20:35 PM EST

I love the weekly question and answer sessions with the Prime Minister.  Not only is it really informative and insightful, it's also very funny.  I really wish we did that in America.  I highly recommend it to anyone who's never tried to watch; CSPAN airs them sometimes (although I don't know when).  People are constantly making fun of each other and yelling stuff out.  It's what politics should be.  

But I still don't like Parliamentary systems, so don't consider this an endorsement of THAT.

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I like CSPAN Radio a lot better than TV (none / 0) (#36)
by axus on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 04:36:48 PM EST

It's great, it's refreshing, and addresses every complaint I have with NPR. CSPAN on TV is horribly boring and worse than golf. One thing to keep in mind, C-SPAN must be naturally biased for the Cable TV industry. You aren't going to hear about cable internet monopolies or a-la-carte cable channels. Besides that, it's tremendously fair and balanced. The callers on different programs are funny and interesting too, reminds me of a messageboard.

I saw congressional hearings on the issue. (none / 0) (#38)
by communistpoet on Thu Mar 31, 2005 at 09:48:09 PM EST

anything in congress is going to be shown. But I don't imagine there are alot of public forums on cable internet and access, But I did see a PIRG presentation on the issue as well. I think you are a LIAR!

We must become better men to make a better world.
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