Hours After RT Interrupts CSPAN, MSNBC Experiences Bizarre ‘Russia’ Glitch


By Ted Goodman

A bizarre technical glitch interrupted The Washington Post’s David Ignatius during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

Ignatius was talking about President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees taking “a hard line on Russia,” when a glitch made Ignatius appear to say “Russia” several times in succession.

With the intelligence community’s report on alleged Russian hacking just days old, the seemingly unrelated, but nevertheless oddly timed occurrences immediately spooked a fair share of people on social.


The MSNBC glitch occurred just hours after RT overtook CSPAN’s confirmation feed for a full ten minutes. An MSNBC spokesman told CNN’s Brian Stelter that,” the show was pre-taped but there was a technical glitch that was resolved in a matter of seconds.”

C-SPAN released a statement, saying they don’t believe that they were hacked and are operating under the assumption that it was an “internal routing issue.”

C-SPAN’s online feed was briefly interrupted by a signal carrying the RT Network (A Russian state-owned television network) at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, when Rep. Maxine Waters was voicing support for a strong Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rep. Waters went on to mention Russia several times while the feed was interrupted, according to the New York Times.

Thursday morning, the CIA confirmation hearing was interrupted when the lights mysteriously went out during the hearing. The blackout occurred about ten minutes into the Senate Committee on Intelligence hearing for Representative Mike Pompeo.

“Chairman Burr and I have committed to conduct a review of the intelligence supporting the Intelligence Community’s assessment that Russia, at the direction –,” Sen. Mark Warner said, when the power to the room, including the camera feed, cut out at 10:14 a.m Eastern time. Sen. Warner went on to say, “…of President Vladimir Putin,” according to the New York Post.

The series of irregularities comes two days after an unverified, unsourced dossier was released by BuzzFeed, which sparked backlash against the website, but also kept the focus on Russia and the U.S. Intelligence community.

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