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The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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Jon Stewart Uses Video Library

October 28, 2010

The cable talk shows have discovered the C-SPAN Video Library and use it extensively to research previous statements of politicians. Jon Stewart uses it quite a bit in the Daily Show. A piece by Hank Stuever, in the October 28, 2010 Washington Post, observed this phenomenon by commenting: “The Daily Show’s saving grace is its trenchant media criticism in the form of damning evidence from news video vaults [such as the Video Library], a true art form that the show makes look deceptively easy. Nothing worked better in this week’s shows than a video montage Tuesday [October 16, 2010] evening that caught Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) posturing about Washington’s systemic failures and outmoded ways again and again — in clips dating back nearly every year to 1989. Devastatingly funny, and the reason “The Daily Show” still thrives.” The McCain video can be seen here; another example from September 23 can be seen here. We expect that others will begin imitating Stewart and find the Video Library a very valuable an easy-to-search “news video vault.”

C-SPAN in the Movies

October 19, 2010

When you see video with the C-SPAN logo in a movie or documentary, is it authorized? The answer is: It needs to be. Movie and documentary producers must come to C-SPAN to request permission to use C-SPAN video in their productions. C-SPAN reviews these uses, grants permission, and charges a fee for uses that generate income for the productions.

For fictional accounts in motion pictures, C-SPAN seeks to assure that the portrayal is consistent with how C-SPAN covers events on a daily basis. Since C-SPAN has become a brand name for coverage of congressional hearings and other public affairs events, writers like to use the C-SPAN logo in their fictional portrayals. Other times, they use video of C-SPAN event as background. Some movies that have been licensed by C-SPAN over the years include: Evan Almighty, Breach, Dave, Bulworth, Distinguished Gentleman, Iron Man 2, Legally Blonde 2, and Charlie Wilson’s War.

There are many documentaries that have used C-SPAN video. These documentaries are the creative works of the producers. The use of C-SPAN video does not imply that C-SPAN agrees with the point of view. Our video is primary source material that the producers use to make their points. C-SPAN created the Video Library so that our viewers could have access to the primary source materials to make up their own minds. Our clipping and sharing features allow you to select clips, much like a producer, and to make your own points in emails and blogs.

Father of Public Relations

October 14, 2010

Edward M. Bernays is considered the father of the field of public relations. In 1988, he was interviewed as part of a program at American University. At the time, he was 97 years old. His insights and observations are worth listening to. He even recounts advice to counter rumors that he gave to President Coolidge. It is one of the gems hidden in the Video Library. Don’t miss it.

You can view it here.

The First Monday in October

October 4, 2010

is the traditional day for the convening of the new term of the Supreme Court. While cameras are not permitted in the Court, C-SPAN has been following the events surrounding the Court’s opening. On Friday, the Court held the investiture for the newest associate justice, Elena Kagan. Following the private ceremony, Chief Justice Roberts escorted her down the steps of the Supreme Court. On Sunday, the Red Mass, a Catholic mass held the Sunday before the Court convenes, was covered in part. Don’t miss these two events in the Video Library. Use the topic category, Courts and Judicial Process to find these and other programs related to the Supreme Court.