C-SPAN claims that it accidentally aired programming from a Russian state-run network today. It explained that this was due to an "internal routing issue." The network’s coverage of the House of Representatives today was interrupted by video from RT — a media outlet owned by the Russian government that was formerly known as Russia Today.
Viewers were confused. Some expressed fears that the incident was evidence of a hack by Russia.
A statement released by C-SPAN read, "This afternoon the online feed for C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming." According to the Washington Examiner, the statement claimed, "We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. 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."
The RT footage aired for approximately ten minutes on C-SPAN. The interruption began just as Rep. Maxine Walters (D-CA) was speaking in the chamber.
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