August 19, 1992 |
Forget Cokie Roberts, the Capitol Hill correspondent with politics in her bloodlines. Forget David Brinkley, who probably knew Thomas Jefferson, too. Forget John Chancellor, who bests Tom Brokaw at political quote trivia every night. They're impressive, but I love C-SPAN. At 7:30 last night, C-SPAN 2 was broadcasting third-string Bush officials briefing the California delegation. No other convention converage was on the tube. "Before I call this meeting to order," the guy at the podium said, "I want to say that one of our alternate delegates lost a red bag. She was sitting in the first row. " That's C-SPAN.
July 15, 1992 |
C-Span, the cable television channel specializing in politics, has been called many things: unassuming, unbiased, unedited, unglamorous. But this may be the first week that it can be called widely watched. C-Span is televising every single second of the proceedings during the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden here, no matter how soporific the speech, how vain the posturing or how arcane the argument. On no other network can you see it all. On C-Span, no pundit presumes to tell you what it all really means, no anchor ever arches a skeptical eyebrow, and no floor correspondent breathlessly reports that there is dissension in the California delegation.
May 26, 1989 |
In Washington, almost everyone except the Supreme Court seems to love C- SPAN. But Brian P. Lamb, the cable network's chairman and founder, believes that even the aloof and magisterial justices will accept coverage by his cameras eventually. C-SPAN's initials stand for Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, a basic cable service with 43.3 million subscribers nationwide. Specializing for more than a decade in the coverage of Congress, C-SPAN is the closest thing to an all-seeing video eye in the world of American politics.
November 28, 2012 |
FEW THINGS are more characteristic of business as usual in Washington, D.C., than closed doors. Nothing will do more to end business as usual than opening them to C-SPAN cameras. With the "fiscal cliff" of sequestration approaching, now is the perfect time to establish a precedent: The bigger the deal, the more important it is that negotiations be done in public. It took about 12 seconds after the 2012 campaign winners were declared for the maneuvering toward a "grand bargain" to begin among President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.
March 8, 2013 |
A Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - earned "honorable mention" in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced today. For this year's contest, students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the President should consider in 2013?" Alexander Merker of Downingtown High East asked President Obama to address the issue of Iran and nuclear weapons in his documentary video, "Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
March 9, 2013 |
Two area teenagers - a Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - won honorable mentions in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced Thursday. "What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?" was the question students were asked to answer for this year's contest. Alexander Merker of Downingtown East asked President Obama to address Iran and nuclear weapons in his winning documentary video, Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
April 5, 2014 |
For the fourth year in a row, a Cherry Hill girl is a winner in C-Span's national StudentCam competition. Madeline Bowne, a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East, will be awarded $1,500 for her second-prize documentary, "Driving Under the Influence (of Cell Phones)," about cellphone use while driving. Bowne's piece will be shown on C-Span on April 14 at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day. Bowne, the daughter of teachers, has become a regular in the highly competitive contest. As a seventh grader, she took a third prize.
January 1, 1997 |
Book lovers, and those whose New Year's resolutions include doing more reading, are about to receive a large dose of encouragement from an unlikely source: their television sets. Beginning today at 7 a.m., C-SPAN plans a special 24-hour marathon of About Books, its new program devoted solely to books, authors and the publishing industry. About Books normally airs for five hours each weekend on C-SPAN2, on Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 to 11 p.m. Included in the 24-hour program is a conversation with Shelby Foote, reviews by David Halberstam and Peggy Noonan of the best books of the year, and their comments on American culture.
January 21, 1993 |
C-SPAN, usually the channel of the deadly congressional hearing, was the place to be early yesterday to see the inaugural in the raw. The cable news service that just points and shoots and only talks when it has to, gave us live and uncommented upon the most revealing and moving moments of yesterday's doings. They came during the first official public event of the day, the early- morning interfaith service at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. As the Rev. Gardner Taylor, Baptist of Brooklyn, spoke sonorously of how "it is as if we have come again to Camelot with the accent of the Ozarks," Hillary Clinton was writing briskly, pen to some paper in her lap. Her husband listened raptly, moments later a tear coursing down his left cheek as a spiritual celebrating the love of Jesus was sung.
July 11, 1988 |
In an unusual arrangement, NBC News has combed its archives for footage from past political conventions and has given it to C-Span, cable's political affairs channel, for airing later this week. The 20 hours of footage, 10 each for the Democrats and Republicans, will precede each party's convention. The Democratic parley starts July 18. "The Democratic Conventions: A Look Back" will devote one hour to each Democratic convention since 1948. It will air Friday and Saturday night, 8-11, and Sunday, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. All the footage except that of the 1984 convention comes from NBC; C-Span covered the 1984 events.