Thursday, September 10, 2015

BIPARTISAN OOPS! C-Span Closed Captioning Confuses Two of Arizona's Three Women Reps.

(Addendum, 1:17pm: C-Span responded to Arizona's Politics' email alerting them to the error, noting that it is the House Recording Gallery that originates the closed captioning that C-Span uses, and that C-Span cannot change the error.)

Arizona's Politics just published an article/video of Arizona Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) speaking on the House floor this morning.  When we went back to must-see C-Span TV, imagine our surprise when the transcript showed that fellow Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) had also spoken.

To stave off angry comments from Democrats and/or Kirkpatrick people, we quickly added a note to the article that we would update with the new video.  We then went back to C-Span, only to find that the hard-working C-Span closed captioners had re-labeled McSally's speech as coming from the mouth of Kirkpatrick. (Substance-wise, it could have.)


Needless to say, we pulled the note.  This is the explanation for those of you who may have wondered, "WTF?"

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