C-SPAN Apologizes for Vulgar Titles

    A picture of a TV screen shows the C-SPAN channel Live transmission from the US House of the Representatives voting for the Tax Relief Extension Act in Washington DC, January 01, 2013. By a vote of 257-167 the House has passed HR 8, the Tax Relief Extension Act, which the Senate passed early Tuesday morning by a vote of 89 to 8. The bill will now be sent to the US President for his signature.   AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)


    At least they're being honest. Many assumed C-SPAN's site was hacked over New Year’s when its online feed of the Senate’s fiscal cliff debate was topped with the title “Just Plain Dick” and its stream of the House debate said “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up.” As it turns out, there's a much stranger explanation: the Senate debate had preempted a previously scheduled discussion of Just Plain Dick, a book about Richard Nixon, and a note during the House debate indicated that a discussion of I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up—a book on politics by D.L. Hughley—was airing on C-SPAN 2 at the same time. The network said in a statement, “While the site was not hacked, our policy of using current nonfiction book titles verbatim in our schedule led to the unfortunate posting of content some might find offensive on C-SPAN.org.”

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