Michael Cohen, disgraced former Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, is currently testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee before he goes away for a while.
Opportunities to witness moments of our system of government in action are available through all manner of media, and Hmm Daily urges you to choose to do so via the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), which was created as a public service in 1979 by the cable TV industry, and is also available on the internet of computers at c-span.org.
Television and streaming events such as this committee testimony are often presented by TV news organizations, which feature hosts and commentators who are eager to tell you what exactly is going on and to, on a limited basis, break for station identification and commercials, and this creates a certain unreality to the presentations, which sometimes are already on the edge of unreality.
The best way to view these events is through the dispassionate eye of the C-SPAN pooled cameras, with announcements strictly for the purpose of programming notes. It’s a completely different experience to be alone with your thoughts during a break in the proceedings as opposed to the frantic “news and analysis” exclamations of people who are halfway in the entertainment industry.
Even better, while viewing today, we noticed a feature allowing you to read and search the uncorrected Closed Captioning feed.
Clips and user-created clips are available, and this is the closest C-SPAN will get to providing commentary.
Todays proceedings will resume shortly, and will be replayed in their entirety starting at 8 p.m. ET. Everything is archived for viewing at any time, and we urge you to check in with the C-SPAN service in the future, not just during times of high theater when many participants are minting soundbites for their constituencies.