October 6, 2016
On Tuesday, the Internet Archive opened a new experiment for public use—a near real-time archive of the vice presidential debate, which allows you to share short clips on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. Tonight, we’re at it again—find the link for the town-hall debate in St. Louis here.
Here’s a short primer on how to use it. But another burning question is: Why would you use it? Here are seven reasons:
- Beat the press. The feed lets you tweet debate video while candidates are still on stage. Here’s your chance to find the money quote that everybody will be repeating—before the candidates even step away from the mic.
- Instant replay. Did Mike Pence really just say “whip out that Mexican thing again”? Why yes. Yes he did.
- Fact-checking. This campaign year’s been full of half-truths, denials and outright lies. See how our fact-checking partners are using the archive to document their examinations of candidates’ claims.
- Marking historic firsts. First female presidential candidate? Check. First Asian-American debate moderator? Check. First national debate that addressed implicit bias? Check. Find your first and share it with your network.
- Wisecracks. You know you’ve got something smart to say. Substantiate your snarky quips with one of our handy clips!
- Define your own sound bites. Sick of hearing the same five segments played over and over by the pundits? Craft your own and spread it around.
- Travel back in time. While this near real-time archive is unique to these debates, the TV News Archive has clips dating back to 2009, searchable by keyword. Punch a term in—let’s say “basket of deplorables”—to trace the history of how it’s been discussed over time and across programs.Extra credit: click on “Donald J Trump” under the sponsor on the left, and you’ll find airings of this ad using the phrase to criticize Hillary Clinton, sponsored by the Trump campaign.
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