An internet database is offering more than 780 video clips of President-elect Donald Trump. The Internet Archive, which offers millions of books, videos, and websites and more is offering more than 520 hours of footage. More footage of Trump is expected. The Internet Archive is also known for its Wayback Machine, which allows users to view cached pages of internet webpages posted in the past.
 
Building upon its Political Ad TV offerings, which began in 2014, the Trump Archive will offer viewers the opportunity to compare current coverage of Trump to past coverage. The clips go back to as far as December 2009 with new ones, which the Trump Archive will constantly update.
 
In a blogpost, Television Archive's managing editor Nancy Watzman wrote, "Reporters and the public may take it for granted that a news story or a piece of broadcast video is only a google search away, but as newspapers, companies, and organizations fail and change, often vital information is lost. The web is far more fragile than is generally understood."
 
She continued, “Just because something is broadcast or posted on the internet doesn’t mean it’s forever. Reporters and the public may take it for granted that a news story or a piece of broadcast video is only a google search away, but as newspapers, companies, and organizations fail and change, often vital information is lost. The web is far more fragile than is generally understood.
 
“The Internet Archive’s core mission is to preserve and make accessible our cultural heritage. For example, the Wayback Machine preserves websites over time, so if pages or sites are deleted, they can still be found.”   


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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