Via The Washington Examiner—A C-SPAN broadcast of proceedings in the House of Representatives cut away from a floor speech by Maxine Waters (D-CA) to a broadcast of Russia Today for about 10 minutes Thursday.
Here's the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. pic.twitter.com/mhWVgCoFxF— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
Timothy Burke, an editor for the sports blog Deadspin, caught the bizarre broadcast switch and said RT broadcast for about 10 minutes before it switched back.
C-SPAN said it was looking into the issue.
"This afternoon the online feed for C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming," C-SPAN said.
"We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence," it added. "As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue. If that changes we will certainly let you know."
Waters was in the middle of talking about the Securities and Exchange Commission when the switch took place. RT is a state-run media organization broadcast in English that is often critical of the United States and particularly President Obama.
The only way the Russians could have reached less people than by hacking #Cspanhack would be to hack an episode of Houdini and Doyle.— Thomas Vaultonburg (@zombielogic1997) January 13, 2017
@CuffyMeh I just prefer to think that the folks at @cspan couldn't tolerate listening to Maxine Waters anymore.— Ray G. (@rlg100619) January 12, 2017