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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:14 PM
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C-SPAN cameras won't film Byrd's last Senate appearance

C-SPAN cameras won't film Byrd's last Senate appearance
By J. Taylor Rushing - 06/30/10 05:42 PM ET


C-SPAN cameras will be dark on Thursday during a six-hour memorial for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), multiple Senate sources said Wednesday, despite the fact that it will be the first time a senator will lie in repose since 1959.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been sent a formal request by the Senate Radio-TV Correspondents Association to waive a standing Senate rule that bans photos and video footage when the Senate is not in session. The Senate will be adjourned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the 92-year-old senator's body will be in the chamber.

While Schumer hasn't decided as of late afternoon, the request will almost certainly be unsuccessful. That's because it would still require a unanimous resolution on the Senate floor, and any senator could have objected and defeated it. Byrd, who died early Monday morning, was highly respected on both sides of the aisle and was once a passionate opponent of C-SPAN cameras in the Senate chamber, making unanimous permission from all 99 current senators nearly impossible.

Byrd's family had also requested that the cameras not be allowed, said the late senator's office. Print reporters and even Senate staffers will also be barred from the beginning of the ceremony, when the senator's family and friends will receive well-wishes from current members of Congress. The second-floor galleries will eventually be opened to the public, print press and Senate staff around 10:15 or 10:30 a.m.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/106531-c-span-camera...
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:24 PM
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1.  I am disappointed. I wonder WHY they are doing this? I wonder why the family doesn't want homage
paid to the Senator? The casket is publicly lying in state in a public building after all. This is an historic event.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:29 PM
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3. I get what you're saying. But I don't need
To see everything.

There is some notion that an event like this isn't turned into
a public spectacle -- and it rather in keeping with
Byrd's notion of respectable.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:38 PM
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8.  But it is a "public spectacle". It is history. he was a public figure
and he is lying in state for the public in a public building.This isn't a private family event. We will have no historical evidence. That strikes me as wrong.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:26 PM
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2. If the good Senator opposed the cameras & his family doesn't want them,
then they shouldn't be turned on. That would be more of a slam to Sen. Byrd than honoring him.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:29 PM
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4. How do you know the "good Senator" didn't want the cameras?
That said, I would want to honor the wishes of the family, though I'm curious what their reasoning might be.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:32 PM
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5. +1
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:32 PM
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6. It says right in the article it is ironic because he campaigned for the use of cameras in the senate...
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:35 PM by saracat
There isn't a reason provided to think he would oppose them. If we could see Kennedy and Reagan and others lying in state, why not Byrd?


"It was Sen. Byrd himself who opened the Senate to television coverage in 1986. In the past few days, the nation has noted the senators long service and his work. The country has taken an interest in his passing. We believe it would be appropriate to allow those not able to pay their respects to Sen. Byrd in person to view the solemn proceedings," the association wrote in its request to Schumer.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:36 PM
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7. It was Sen. Byrd himself who opened the Senate to television coverage in 1986.
"It was Sen. Byrd himself who opened the Senate to television coverage in 1986. In the past few days, the nation has noted the senators long service and his work. The country has taken an interest in his passing. We believe it would be appropriate to allow those not able to pay their respects to Sen. Byrd in person to view the solemn proceedings," the association wrote in its request to Schumer.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:53 PM
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9. Not everything needs to be televised. His family should decide..and they did..n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:54 PM
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10. I agree, just informing. nt
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