If you turned on the TV to watch the Democratic sit-in on the House floor protesting Congress’s inaction on guns, you were out of luck for several hours on Wednesday. The Republican House leadership, which controls the cameras, cut the feed to C-SPAN, which would normally broadcast from the floor.
Then C-SPAN found a way.
The cameras stayed off, but Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) started a Periscope live video stream that was picked up by C-SPAN and given center stage.
“Cameras in chamber controlled by house. House is currently in recess subject to call. House cameras are not permitted to show sit-in,” C-SPAN’s ticker read.
#NoBillNoBreak Live stream via Periscope
Nancy Pelosi speaking https://t.co/IfqEpksliH
— Khanoisseur 🐶🤦🏻♂️🌎 (@Khanoisseur) June 22, 2016
All the network needed was a smartphone to get around that.
PIC: C-span is broadcasting Rep. Scott Peters' periscope feed pic.twitter.com/uNH4TqTG44
— Ali Rogin (@AliRogin) June 22, 2016
The feed showed up on other television stations briefly as well, before a Hillary Clinton stump speech took over the airwaves.