In Bizarre "Takeover", Russia Today Broadcasts Live On C-SPAN Feed For 10 Minutes
A C-SPAN broadcast was temporarily interrupted Thursday by the Russian state-run network RT.
As first noted by Deadspin editor Timothy Burke, comments being made by Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Maxine Waters suddenly gave way to RT’s reporting at 2:30PM EST.
“Here’s the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed,” Burke wrote. “Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back.”
Brandon Richards, a Washington D.C. resident who appears to work for Congressman Brendan Boyle, also claimed to have witnessed the interruption.
“This truly happened… watched it happen live… whole office was confused,” Richards said.
Infowars reached out to C-SPAN for comment and was able to confirm the incident took place. In an email to Infowars, C-SPAN stated that “an internal routing issue” could have caused the disruption.
“This afternoon the online feed for C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming. We are currently investigating and troubleshooting the occurrence,” the statement said. “As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue. If that changes we will certainly let you know.”
An RT spokesman speaking with Max Tani, a reporter with Business Insider, denied any involvement in the incident and pointed to C-SPAN’s public statement.
“RT in no way has cut into that broadcast; C-SPAN says (statement on Twitter) that it is an internal routing issue. Hope this clears things up,” Anna Belkina told Business Insider in a statement.
While C-SPAN has thus far blamed the problem on an internal issue, the incident stirred rumors online given current tensions between the U.S. and Russia and RT’s mention in the recent ODNI report on alleged Russian hacking.