C-SPAN Circumvents House Blackout on Sit-In Coverage
Queue the age of social media. On Wednesday, C-SPAN made use of Periscope and Facebook live after House Republicans cut the news feed to Congress.
The Hill reports:
House Republicans, who have control of the feed, vowed to keep it off until the House was back in session, saying Democrats are holding up normal business.
Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) began streaming the video from the floor after the cameras were shut off. C-SPAN tweeted multiple times that the cable channel does not have control of the feed.
In order to circumvent the blackout, C-SPAN began airing live video being streamed by House members.
The Periscope feed cut out so CSPAN switched to Facebook Live. pic.twitter.com/TKg6hC8DAm
— Peter Sterne (@petersterne) June 22, 2016
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple tweeted that this was the first time such thing had been done.
— Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters) June 22, 2016
C-SPAN spox says that this is the first time the network has streamed vid from the House floor via Periscope: https://t.co/PGfAQmj7N0
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) June 22, 2016
— Periscope TV (@periscopetv) June 22, 2016
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