C-Span is a little red-faced today after it aired out-of-context, offensive book titles in what Politico
a "scheduling snafu."
The network accidentally displayed the title of the book "Just Plain Dick
" by Kevin Mattson recently while it aired the Senate debate, which pre-empted a C-Span discussion of the book profiling former president Richard Nixon. This, er, sowed confusion on the part of some folks at home. Then on Tuesday, viewers assumed the network had been hacked by disgruntled somebodies when it displayed the title of comic D.L. Hughley's book "I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up
" during the House Debate. In fact, it was merely alerting the audience to a discussion of Hughley's newest on sister channel C-Span 2.
The network has now apologized for the mess.
"Our policy of using current nonfiction book titles verbatim in our schedule led to the unfortunate posting of content some might find offensive," said a spokesperson for the network in a blog post
. "We apologize for that and are taking steps to prevent it from happening again."