C-SPAN completes its nine-hour, three-day special on the Capitol tonight and The Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott takes a crack at critiquing the project thusly:
When the full special has been televised, there’s probably a good hour-and-a-half documentary to be culled from its footage. Some of the expert commentary, especially from the historians, rises well above the blather of the political figures, for whom the Capitol seems to be little more than advertising for a fantasy of open, honest democracy that is squelched on a daily basis by the lobbyists who lurk in spaces even C-SPAN can’t go.
Hey, you can say the same thing about C-SPAN’s gavel-to-gavel coverage. But for those who appreciate the network the way some appreciate the value of installation art and watching paint dry, it works in wonderous ways that only C-SPAN can achieve.
The Capitol will be shown again on C-SPAN at 8 p.m. July 6, 7 and 8.
Speaking of Kennicott’s review, it could be shortened, too.