Over the years I made numerous appearances and got to know Brian Lamb and his outstanding staff. C-SPAN has made a unique contribution to the political process in the United States and helped educate Americans about how our government works.
There was no C-SPAN Bus in those early days. C-SPAN’s programing was limited and consisted mostly of following the House and Senate floor debates. Now there is C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN radio, and C-SPAN3, which broadens coverage to a wider variety of educational programing related to American history. There are still many places where it is not easy to find C-SPAN3 and it is a shame that more cable carriers do not include this important educational channel in their basic packages.
When I think of how much of television is devoted to mindless pap, commercialism, and propaganda instead of education, C-SPAN stands out as an example of an educational network not driven by ratings or profits. It is truly in the public interest. For this we can thank the cable industry as a whole, and we can be thankful for the vision of Brian Lamb who saw the need and made it happen.