C-SPAN Video Library Blog : September 2012 Archive

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Stu Stevens in the Video Library

September 18, 2012

Romney political strategist Stu Stevens has three appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library. He appeared most recently in September, 2011 “spinning” for Gov. Romney after a Republican debate. He talked about Romney’s experience and how Romney had a plan to fix the economy and would offer plans on other policies.

In 1994 he discussed the Contract with America and how it reversed the Republican Party’s position as the party of fear to the party of hope.

He also appeared on C-SPAN’s 1996 presidential debate preview program and talked about how candidate Bob Dole needed a “spark” in his debate against incumbent president Bill Clinton.

Andrew Kaczynski also profiled some of the wide-ranging nonpolitical activities of Stu Stevens in this post from earlier this summer.

Andrew Kaczynski and the Video Library

September 13, 2012

This week on Q&A you will meet Andrew Kaczynski, a 22-year old History major in New York. He is one of the most prolific and published users of the C-SPAN Video Library. As New York Magazine profiled him, “But when he’s not in class or studying, he holes up in his Briarwood studio apartment, plops down in front of his MacBook, and dives into C-SPAN’s extensive online archives. Kaczynski’s hobby is watching old political videos, the most memorable of which he uploads to his YouTube channel.” He now publishes his work on Buzzfeed.

Kaczynski has become an expert at mining the C-SPAN Video Library to find old videos of political candidates in the 2012 campaign cycle. the New York Observer wrote: “He unearthed a clip of Newt Gingrich supporting a health insurance mandate alongside Hilary Clinton and a choice pot-meet-kettle moment in which Mitt Romney decried John Kerry‘s flip-flopping, among others. The videos have caught the attention of attention of reporters for The New York Times, Fox News, and The Huffington Post.”

The C-SPAN Video Library was created exactly for the kind of uses that Kaczynski makes. We put the 190,000 hours online so that ordinary citizens have easy and long-term access to the extensive public affairs coverage created by C-SPAN. Watch Q&A and learn how he does his work. Here is a promotion video for that interview.

Five Best Convention Speeches of 2012

September 10, 2012

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post writer of The Fix, has a column on the five best convention speeches of 2012. Here is the column. If you want to review any of these speeches for yourself, the C-SPAN Video Library is the place to find them. Here is Cillizza’s list and the link to the speeches in the Video Library.

Bill Clinton DNC
Marco Rubio RNC
Michelle Obama DNC
Condi Rice RNC
Julian Castro DNC

Remember this is not C-SPAN’s list, but Chris Cillizza’s of the Washington Post. The value of the C-SPAN Video Library is that you can review all of these and make your own best list. Watch. Clip. Share.

The Length of Bill Clinton’s Convention Speeches

September 6, 2012

Since former President Bill Clinton has now addressed Democratic conventions seven times, it is possible to use the video to measure the length of each of these speeches. C-SPAN did this using the C-SPAN Video Library. The results are published in the C-SPAN Convention Hub web site and reproduced here.

Use the C-SPAN Video Library for your own research. It is all available free to watch, clip, share and, yes, measure.

Bill Clinton at Democratic Conventions

September 5, 2012

When former President Bill Clinton addresses the 2012 Democratic Convention, it will be the seventh convention he has addressed since 1988. He has spoken at every convention since 1988. You can see his speeches here: 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008

C-SPAN is your source for all convention video and the C-SPAN Video Library has it all indexed and available for viewing, clipping, and sharing.