C-SPAN spokesman Howard Mortman hesitates not one bit to declare that broadcasting history is afoot: “This is the first time we’ve ever shown video from the House floor picked up by a Periscope account,” he told the Erik Wemple Blog.
Huh? Why would C-SPAN, which has a direct feed to House proceedings, need to rely on Periscope? Because these proceedings aren’t exactly official proceedings. Earlier today, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) led a sit-in on the House floor to push for action on gun control, following the failure of four gun measures earlier this week in the Senate.