Opinion: Stopping cable TV’s ‘big lie’

Jim Cameron
Jim Cameron

Jim Cameron, a former NBC News director and anchor, is a communications consultant and program director of Darien TV79, his town’s government TV station. Email Jim here.

Who’s minding the store in Hartford? Who’s keeping an eye on lawmakers writing our budget, cutting services, tolling our roads and funding our schools? Almost nobody.

The “press room” in the state capitol is practically empty as newspapers and radio / TV stations have cut their staffs. There are literally only a handful of reporters left covering the workings of state government.

And there is CT-N, the state’s answer to C-SPAN, a cable channel dedicated to uncensored, commentary-free, gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government.

Were it not for CT-N’s coverage of public hearings and floor debates, Connecticut residents would be clueless about what’s happening in Hartford. Sure, there are a few websites (CTNewsJunkie, CTMirror) and dedicated reporters on this crucial beat, but they are spread way too thin.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.



One response to “Opinion: Stopping cable TV’s ‘big lie’”

  1. EveT

    The full story explains what the “big lie” is. Lobbyists are lying by calling a service fee of 40 cents/month a “tax.”
    ‘CT-N has just proposed a new State Civic Network with up to ten channels of coverage via the web. The technology would allow viewers to do a key-word search of archives, wading through hours of coverage to find exactly what matters to them. Citizens (and media) could lift video clips at no charge. And all this would cost cable subscribers just 40 cents a month.’

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