CSPAN

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  • Political Bias at C-SPAN

    Feb 12, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: C-SPAN has the potential of being the most objective news source in the U.S.
    Cons: C-SPAN is becoming less objective and a rubber-stamp of radical-right types.

    Summary: As long-time viewer of C-SPAN 1 & 2, I have become increasingly alarmed by the drift to the right of what was once America's most objective and balanced news source. Here are the reasons: 1. Refusal to stop advertising Bush's name on the call-in phone ... read more

  • Raw, In-Your-Face Legislation!

    Aug 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Offers an unbiased, realistic perspective of American politics.
    Cons: Senate Quorum Calls.

    Summary: Life of the underemployed. . . I can send out resumes and hope that I will get that response from that company that I've always admired and have always hoped to work for or . . . I can finally get around to reading big books that ... read more

  • Gore vs. Bush

    Dec 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: fairness and democracy
    Cons: mystery president

    Summary: I am a 49 year old caucasian woman and democrat from California. I grew up in Mississippi during the sixties. I watched in horror how hard minorities, mainly African Americans had to fight for their most basic rights during that time. The bloodshed ... read more

  • C-SPAN Why I like it.

    Dec 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This is very informational programming.
    Cons: Programming can get boring and long-winded.

    Summary: To make a democratic system of government work, the electorate needs to be informed. C-SPAN meets and exceeds this need by providing the American public a chance to see their elected officials in action. Anyone that gripes about how the government ... read more

  • I LOVE C-SPAN!! Yeah, right!

    Oct 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, BORING, STUPID, STUPID, STUPID

    Summary: C-SPAN is the most boring television show that I have ever seen. I don't know what possibly COULD BE MORE BORING!!! I mean, watching mayonaisse mold ranks higher than C-SPAN. C-SPAN is boring, boring, and boring. Come on guys, the ... read more

  • Why You Shouldn't Vote Gore: "Debates"?

    Oct 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unique split screen coverage revealing of Gore as "Pro"
    Cons: No Actual Debating...

    Summary: As I pointed out in my companion opinion (Why You Shouldn't Vote Bush), Lehrer did nothing to really draw out the issues. I think this played to Bush's camp in that he didn't have to do too much on the spot thinking. However - the debates did ... read more

  • Why You Shouldn't Vote Bush: "Debates"?

    Oct 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: C-SPAN allowed Bush to be his own worst salesman
    Cons: Useless *as* a debate

    Summary: Lehrer did a quite pointless job of merely asking questions. He played the mainstream stooge quite well: no "tough* questions, and he allowed both candidates to be perfectly harmless to themselves and each other. Which is why it wasn't a ... read more

  • TV that respects our intelligence

    Oct 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: direct, basic service without adornment
    Cons: can't cover everything

    Summary: Some call CSPAN boring, but I'd rather watch the dullest moments on this channel than what passes for excitement these days: professional wrestling, blithering TV shows about angels, pseudojournalistic babble in prime time and stagey reality shows. ... read more

  • C-SPAN and Brian Lamb Start My Day Off Right

    Oct 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Balanced coverage of political campaigns, hear morning newspaper headlines
    Cons: Some House and Senate coverage drags

    Summary: Now that our nation is in a tight presidential race, I feel out of the loop if I haven't watched C-SPAN and Washington Journal at 6 a.m. each day. I'm happiest when Brian Lamb (author of an interesting book about presidential gravesites Who's ... read more

  • Booktv-Cspan...a captivating 3 hour interview

    Oct 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food for thought as Vidal is an expert in that field
    Cons: He's still arrogant

    Summary: When I first switched the television set over to C-Span more than three hours ago, I had no idea that I would sit in front of the television for three hours watching an interview. Gore Vidal, the controversial historian and author, was being ... read more

  • Oddly Addicting Television

    Jul 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Government in Action
    Cons: Not much Variety

    Summary: You would think that a cable channel such as C-Span which contains "thrilling" coverage like gavel to gavel of senate committee hearings on the budget and other government activities would be boring. But believe it or not, it is actually rather ... read more

  • Prime Minister's Questions

    Jun 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some of the best television of the week.
    Cons: only 30 minutes long.

    Summary: Sunday night, at 9:00 PM, most people are probably watching the X-Files or Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I, however, have found the most lively, unpredictable, entertaining half-hour on television. CSPAN broadcasts a ... read more

  • It's not ALWAYS boring!

    May 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Road to the White House, American Presidents, political debates
    Cons: Congressmen giving speeches to an empty chamber, forums on bizarre subjects

    Summary: CSPAN gets a bad rap. Everyone seems to think that CSPAN (and its' companion network, CSPAN2) is just plain boring. The popular view is that the only regular viewers of CSPAN are old college professors and political junkies. Well, that part may be ... read more

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzz.....

    May 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Huh? What? Nope, got none of them here.
    Cons: Booooooooooring!

    Summary: If you ever want to catch a good night's sleep, tune into CSpan. I used to think that there was nothing more boring that watching people talk about politics unitl I wandered over to CSPAN....then I realized that watching politics in action is MUCH more ... read more

  • Getting A Fair Shake

    Mar 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fair and unbiased
    Cons: none

    Summary: The thing I like most about CSPAN is that everyone gets a fair shake. For instance the major media does very little in covering third party candidates. Last Presidential Election CSPAN covered The Libertarians Convention in in great ... read more

  • Our Government at Work

    Mar 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great review of our government
    Cons: Can get boring

    Summary: I am going to do a review that many of the people in opinions would not waste their time watching. It is the C-SPAN the channel of our government at work. In this the year of elections for a new President, Representatives and Senators, one should ... read more

  • Politics is fun. In Britain, at least.

    Mar 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Educational and often fun to watch--you just have to pick the right program.
    Cons: If you have no interest in politics, you are in the wrong place.

    Summary: After watching the British House of Commons at work, one may ask, ďHow the hell is this country doing so well with these people governing it?Ē Itís a mystery to me too. In any case, my favorite show on C-Span (and itís literally a show) is ... read more

  • True Blue, C-SPAN=Truth

    Feb 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: In depth, minimal commentary/editorials
    Cons: Lengthy programming, very time consuming

    Summary: C-SPAN is a channel for those who put a priority on open-mindedness and learning. If this is you, please try this channel. For all political enthusiasts, C-SPAN is the ultimate in public service. This channel outshines every other news ... read more

  • CSPAN: For those who want to know!

    Feb 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No commercials, no talking heads.
    Cons: Sometimes there's absolutely nothing going on

    Summary: My son got me to tune in to CSPAN a few years ago because I was tired of most of the programs that were on during the day and since I am a news and political junkie, he thought this would be right up my alley. It certainly was! When you've ... read more

  • politics, politics, politics

    Feb 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ready to go if tragedy strikes
    Cons: all politics, all the time (unless tragedy strikes)

    Summary: Well if a president is shot or a space shuttle explodes, this channel is one of the few that gives 24 hour coverage of just that disaster. Otherwise, if you just canít get enough of Washington, D.C. or politics, whoa boy, is this the place to be! I ... read more

  • The truth comes out

    Jan 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great hosts on talk shows
    Cons: none

    Summary: C-span one or two is the only place to really learn about our government.To be able to listen to our Senators and Congressmen without some one telling us what we just heard is very rewarding. To be able to watch the committee hearings and hear for ... read more

  • Ideas for future C-SPAN channels

    Jan 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Warshington is our nation's cap'tul
    Cons: I have to shower after every congressional session

    Summary: With the success of the mega-popular C-SPAN channels, it got me thinking about new outlets which could really clue us in on what our elected officials are doing. Why not borrow from HBO's "Taxicab Confessions" and put cameras in ... read more

  • The Perfect Fix For The Political Fiend

    Jan 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unbiased political coverage, book programming
    Cons: Need more original programming

    Summary: First let me say that I've gotten some very strange looks when I, a 30 year old mom, says that my fave channel is CSpan. I've gotten the eyebrow raise, the turning the head over the shoulder to the flat out laugh in my face. However, most people I ... read more

  • Only for the politically inclined

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great congressional coverage
    Cons: none

    Summary: C-SPAN is a good source of information for those of us interested in following political actions. Congressional debates are show on here and I love that. If you are not in to watching your representatives pass bills that will affect you this is NOT the ... read more

  • Do you ever imagine that you and one or two other nerds are watching a particular c-span show?

    Jan 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: intelligent discussion of books on the weekends, enlightening political information, and often HYsterically funny
    Cons: sometimes, shows events from several months priorr when there is nothing happening.

    Summary: Very often while enjoying a c-span show intensely, I will turn to my husband and say something along those lines....or do you suppose anyone else is spending Saturday afternoon watching this book review ? One Saturday afternoon, we watched a ... read more

  • A Good Way to Learn About the Government

    Jan 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very informative
    Cons: non really..

    Summary: I will admit I love to watch CSPAN. Of course it's not a popcorn and soda type viewing session, but it is very enlightening. I love to see which way my state rep. votes. If I miss a debate, or election coverage, you can bet it'll be covered on CSPAN ... read more

  • Who wants to watch CSPAN?

    Jan 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Puts you to sleep
    Cons: Put you to sleep

    Summary: C-SPAN has got to be one of the most boring television channels on the air today. If you want to watch good news, watch CNN for an hour or so. All C-SPAN shows is Congressional debates and other boring shows that no one in their right mind would be ... read more

  • BORING!!!

    Jan 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for people with sleeping disorders
    Cons: Boring!!!

    Summary: C-span is so boring! The only people who should be watching this are insomniacs who need to get to sleep. All this network is is old guys reading some new measure to congress. If you want to know what is going on in politics you should read the ... read more

  • CSPAN--Boring!!

    Dec 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The correct date is always at the bottom of the screen
    Cons: Boring and drawn-out

    Summary: I have not one but two CSPAN channels and both of them are BORING!! I stay informed about all that is going on in politics and the nation, but I would rather look at CNN than watch this. I have tried over and over again to get rid of these two channels, ... read more

  • Should Be Mandatory Viewing...

    Dec 9, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent unbiased coverage... see the WHOLE story
    Cons: a little tedious for those with short attention spans

    Summary: I learned to stop complaining about how lazy our congressional representatives were when I interned in the US Congress in 1989. It was one of the most educational events I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Since most citizens don't have the same ... read more

  • CSPAN is Public TV, without Public Funding

    Nov 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The news, as it happened, without whitewash
    Cons: Everyone gets their say, so you have to wade thru the mire, to get to the truth

    Summary: Are those guys on the news telling you the truth, or are they dressing it up a bit? I've seen debates on the floor of the House, and when I read the paper, and saw the news later, I wondered where those reporters were when the debate was going on... ... read more

  • What Quality News TV Should Be

    Nov 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: mature production, detail coverage of major political events
    Cons: Lack of sufficient editing of re-runs

    Summary: I really should watch C-SPAN more often for news and news talk. Most other news programs are adolescent in comparison. I really love the level-headedness of its news talk commentators. It is an excellent place for the public to keep a keen ... read more

  • Admit it, you like C-SPAN

    Oct 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gavel-to-gavel coverage
    Cons: Gavel-to-gavel coverage

    Summary: Go ahead, you can say it, you love C-SPAN. Gavel to gavel coverage of the US House and Senate, plus National Press Club, British parliament, and much much more. The C-SPAN bus is awesome, baby. I'm addicted. I remember watching for hours on end back ... read more

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