“…for C-Span.” The current system fixes the cameras on the floor podium and Speaker’s dais, which adequately covers the ostensible reason for C-Span coverage. Allowing the cameras to pan out from there… well, this means three things will happen:
- More candid shots of Members of Congress picking their nose.
- More temptations for outside groups to disrupt the proceedings with staged antics.
Both of these are merely aesthetic issues, and easily survivable. But here’s the real problem:
- Control over the cameras means that C-Span gets a vote in deciding what is newsworthy.
I find that I don’t want C-Span’s input on that, actually. They do an excellent job of presenting the actual business of the government with a calm, impartial eye; I don’t want them having on the spot editorial authority.
PS: Yup, they do commentary. And opinion pieces. But they don’t get to muck about with the raw feed.