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Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. Credit: AP

It's now seen as a shortcoming of the national news media for failing to pick up Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) 11-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in real time last week.

But where the 24-hour TV news outlets failed (for lack of a better word), there was YouTube, which hosted a livestream of the event, put up by The Texas Tribune.

From the New York Times:

When the Texas Senate stream on YouTube peaked in popularity shortly after midnight Wednesday, as the end of the legislative session dissolved into chaos, 182,000 people were tuned in, about the same number watching MSNBC, one of the cable news channels that was mercilessly criticized for not broadcasting the Texas debate live.

People didn’t necessarily need MSNBC, though, because they had YouTube.


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