Glitch in C-SPAN Posting of 2002 Senate Session
December 21, 2009
C-SPAN Video Library content created prior to 2003 was originally captured on two-hour VHS videotapes which were later digitized for permanent storage in our archives. This process is occasionally susceptible to small errors that can occur at top-of-the-hour tape changes.
An example of this type of error was discovered in the digital online file from the US Senate floor proceedings of October 10, 2002 at noon ET. During this session, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) twice objected to requests from other senators (Mark Dayton D-MN and Robert Byrd D-WV) to extend their allotted speaking times. Both of these requests were recorded by the Archives in real time; however, Sen Dayton’s objection was not captured by the digitization process and therefore was unintentionally excluded from our online file.
We have re-digitized and re-posted this particular Senate session directly from the original analog tapes The clip with both objections appears below along with a link to our Congressional Chronicle archive of the entire Senate session for that day.
The C-SPAN Video Library contains over 150,000 hours of public affairs content, much of it re-digitized from earlier analog tapes. There will be glitches, and as they are identified, we will correct them. We appreciate the assistance of our users in bringing any issues to our attention so that we can continue to build the value of this free public service.