“Tunnel Vision” Redux: Did a Kremlin-backed Russian TV network hack into C-SPAN?

By on January 13, 2017

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 2:30pm (ET), representative Maxine Waters (D-California) was on the House floor, in the middle of her speech about regulation of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), when TV viewers watching C-SPAN’s live coverage of proceedings were suddenly switched over to Russia’s state-funded Moscow-based network RT’s newscast.

It lasted for about ten minutes, during which time viewers saw a Russian anchor from the Kremlin-funded English-language news channel (formerly Russia Today) talking about a suicide bombing.


Afterwards, conspiracy buffs went a little crazy, some calling the abrupt switchover a “hack,” others calling it “cyber warfare.”

Russia, of course, has been at the center of a growing controversy due to allegations of Russian hacking of the U.S. 2016 general election.

The CIA, FBI, and NSA recently delivered a report to both President Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump saying that they believed the Russians conducted the hacking to help Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

C-SPAN, meanwhile, issued a statement that said, in part, “We don’t believe that we were hacked. Instead, our initial investigation suggests that this was caused by an internal routing error.”

All of this sorta reminded us here at Night Flight HQ of that scene near the beginning of the prescient NF fave Tunnel Vision — filmed over forty years ago, in 1976, but set in the then not-too-distant future of 1985 — which opens with a senate hearing discussing a futuristic TV network who have been called on the carpet, in the name of a free press, in order to explain their “uncensored and no bullshit” programming.

Read more about the movie here.


Funny enough, real-life Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) appeared in Tunnel Vision.

We were also reminded of that time, back in April 1986, when a video terrorist who called himself “Captain Midnight” hacked into HBO’s scrambled satellite signal, in order to protest the network’s new policy of scrambling their programming.

We here at Night Flight HQ thought you might like to take another look at these previous blog posts.

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Stay vigilant, America, and wake up!


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