As a bona fide political junkie, I have been confronted with a situation so ludicrous that, were it not so frustrating, it would be laughable. Local broadcasts of the Democratic National Convention on C-SPAN (Cox Cable 25) were pre-empted by tape-delayed rebroadcasts of San Diego City Council meetings. And as the situation now stands, the same will occur during this month's coverage of the Republican National Convention.
I prefer C-SPAN over ABC, CBS, CNN, or NBC because C-SPAN brings uninterrupted, gavel-to-gavel coverage, without commentary, with the cameras focused on the podium and the floor. The other networks bring only what they consider to be the key speeches, and spend the rest of their meager (two-hour) air time talking with each other, talking with politicians, and generally doing everything but bringing coverage of the floor of the convention.
So, quite clearly, there is both a qualitative and a quantitative difference between C-SPAN's coverage and that of the networks. For instance, C-SPAN carried Sen. Sam Nunn's foreign policy platform plank speech, while none of the other networks presented it on the air.
Cox Cable said that it is up to the city councils involved to request Cox to make a scheduling accommodation. I then called each of the offices of the San Diego City Council representatives and asked that just such a request be made. I offered the following possible solutions: