No Dis­ney World

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

So, Brian Lamb, it’s just been an­nounced that you’ll re­ceive the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom. What are you go­ing to do now?

“Come back to work the next morn­ing,” the C-SPAN founder told Inside the Belt­way Oct. 30, soon af­ter Pres­i­dent Bush an­nounced this year’s re­cip­i­ents for the na­tion’s high­est civil­ian award.

“This is a ter­rific honor for our en­tire place,” said Mr. Lamb. “I’ve got 260 col­leagues and 20 board mem­bers who never get a men­tion, so this is a shared re­ward.”

Mr. Lamb said one of the great things about C-SPAN and its trade­mark live cov­er­age of con­gres­sional pro­ceed­ings is that view­ers can “fig­ure out on their own ac­count” what is tran­spir­ing in gov­ern­ment, with­out the in­ter­rup­tion and com­men­tary so of­ten in­jected by TV news an­chors and pun­dits.”

”Don’t get me wrong; I love the press. I love what news­pa­pers do,” he said. “And what TV [news chan­nels] do is im­por­tant, but you’d be sur­prised at how much one can grasp, fig­ure out for them­selves” sim­ply by watch­ing Congress in ac­tion.

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