A New York Times political reporter tweeted an embarrassing observation about C-SPAN as the network covered Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday.
Michael Barbaro, who covers the 2016 campaign for The Times, wrote that it was "telling" C-SPAN was "encouraging" Democrats and Republicans to call in on separate phone lines.
CSPAN screen encouraging Democrats to call one phone number and Republicans to call another to react to this hearing is....telling— Michael Barbaro (@Michael Barbaro) 1445545142.0
Only problem? Any regular viewer of C-SPAN could tell you the network has done this for years. Users were quick to point this out to Barbaro.
@mikiebarb They've been doing that for every call-in segment for thirty years.— Peter Grier (@Peter Grier) 1445545620.0
@mikiebarb No. That's how they handle every call-in.— Patrick Murray (@Patrick Murray) 1445545610.0
@mikiebarb have you never watched CSPAN?— John Podhoretz (@John Podhoretz) 1445547516.0
Later, Barbaro wrote to the "CSPAN geeks" that he now understood "they do that all the time."
Okay, CSPAN geeks, I get it. They do that all the time!— Michael Barbaro (@Michael Barbaro) 1445545758.0
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