Despite Romney Flap, C-SPAN Will Not Employ Tape Delay on Live Call-In Shows


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A C-SPAN spokesperson said Friday that it would "continue to monitor the situation" but that the cable public affairs network has thus far opted not to employ a tape delay on its live call-in shows "as we hope to preserve the open nature of our town hall forum."

That came after three prank callers -- or caller -- this week were able to weigh in on the size of Republican candidate Mitt Romney's penis before the call could be cut off. Twice it was questions to guests, followed by C-SPAN apologies, a third with host Paul Orgel, with the caller first asking innocently what could be one about the earlier "obscene" language -- Orgel said they try to cut the callers off "as best they can," before that caller finished up with an organ reference that got the hook.

C-SPAN spokesman Peter Kiley pointed out that the network takes some 38,000 calls a year, the overwhelming number of which are respectful, with "good questions and opinions," adding it was unfortubane that a few prank calls make it to air, as they did this week.

In other C-SPAN language news, the network was airing audiotapes Friday of the Jan. 10 Supreme Court oral argument on indecency on both C-SPAN Radio 4-5 p.m. and in prime time on C-SPAN at 8 p.m.

There will be no delay there either, and none needed since the language in court did not include explicit reference to the swearing at issue in the Fox case.