C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, Hero of the Republic
I've said it before, and he's received many well-deserved honors, but it really can't be said often enough: C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb is a true Hero of the Republic.
I bring this up because of the fun I had watching guests arrive for the state dinner at the White House last night. As usual, a C-SPAN camera was there. One camera, one angle, and whatever audio they happen to overhear. (OK, they did have a bit more than that, but that was most of the program). Sure, they also covered some of the stuff that the president did, and that was okay, but it's the guests arriving that I always love. Maybe not conventionally great TV, but for the political junkie? Excellent.
Sooner or later, we were bound to get some sort of live broadcast of the House and Senate. But C-SPAN, the vehicle for that coverage, could have turned out any which way, including a possibility that it would just have broadcast the House and Senate floor and then gone dark. Or whatever. It certainly didn't have to wind up the way it has.
Instead, with C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2 (Lisa's favorite!) and C-SPAN-3, and all the resources now available at CSPAN.org -- Lamb has created a terrific institution. Sticking a camera on a candidate in Iowa, or broadcasting the pre-briefing press room at the White House, or guests arriving for a state dinner? Wonderful. Whether it's following new members of Congress as they participate in the office lottery, or peeking in on Prime Minister's Questions in the U.K. and other foreign parliaments, C-SPAN is just the greatest.
That's all. Just a pure fan post.
Thanks for C-SPAN.
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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View. He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012." Follow him on Twitter at @JBPlainblog.)
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