C-Span, MSNBC, Bizarre Glitches… Russian Interference?

By Faye Higbee

A series of bizarre glitches on C-Span and MSNBC on Thursday whenever the subject turned to Russia has left some wondering. Is it paranoia or ordinary glitches? Are they coincidences or are the “Russians coming?” Or is someone having a tremendous amount of fun?


The House Confirmation hearing on Mike Pompeo for CIA Director experienced a power outage just as the subject turned to Russian interference. The lights went out and they had to move the hearing to another room.

CBS reported,

As [Rep Mark]Warner began to address concerns over Russian election interference, at about 10:15 a.m., the lights went out — and C-SPAN’s cameras cut out completely.

Warner initially continued with his remarks, but ultimately took a recess because of the power issue. The hearing was moved to another room. 

A few hours later, C-Span was interrupted for 10 minutes when their live feed switched to RT, the Russian state-owned network, just as Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) began speaking on a strong Securities and Exchange Commission to counter Russian interference.

It was excellent timing, no one wants to listen to Maxine Waters anyway. She was one of the ones that tried to get another Senator to stand with her at the certification of the electoral college (nobody would) because of “Russian interference.” At any rate, C-Span said they were “troubleshooting the problem.”


Then there was the glitch on MSNBC with David Ignatius a few hours later when he said the word “Russia” and it weirdly repeated several times. Weirdly repeated. Listen for yourself. It was a taped program, by the way, and the network says they got it fixed in seconds, but it’s odd.

MSNBC says they weren’t hacked, it was “just a glitch” in the tape. Are all these things just oddly timed coincidences? Or is someone playing a game with the networks? You get to make up your own mind.