With all the talk about Russia hacking the U.S. presidential election and with President-elect Donald Trump flattering Russian President Vladimir Putin, forgive people for wondering if their American institutions will be taken over by foreign adversaries.
Which made what occurred on C-SPAN on Thursday awfully strange: For about 10 minutes, Russia Today, a well-known Russia propaganda channel funded by Russia’s government, took over C-SPAN’s live feed. And nobody seems to know exactly why.
Here's the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. pic.twitter.com/mhWVgCoFxF— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
So, what gives? According to C-SPAN, it could have been an internal routing issue.
Russia Today spox to me:"RT in no way has cut into that broadcast; CSpan says (statement on twitter) that it is an internal routing issue"— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) January 12, 2017
That’s clearly a more likely reason than RT somehow gaining command of C-SPAN itself. But with recent news, you can understand why people would assume something more nefarious was at work.